Moises Velasquez-Manoff, author of An Epidemic of Absence, discusses allergies and autoimmune diseases with EconTalk host Russell Roberts. Topics include why allergies and autoimmune diseases have been on the rise in the developed world for the past fifty years, cleanliness and hygiene, and using parasites to treat immune system disorders.
Hoover senior fellow Richard Epstein discusses municipal bankruptcy and pensions on the John Batchelor Show. Topics include defined benefits versus defined contributions, pension reform in San Jose, and the unionization vote in Chattanooga.
Robert Frank of Cornell University discusses Ronald Coase’s views on externalities and his book The Darwin Economy with EconTalk host Russell Roberts. Topics include defining an externality; public policy challenges of negative externalities, such as pollution and cigarette smoking; initial political reactions to Coase’s views on externalities; comparing deontological and consequentialist issues, such as free speech and interracial handholding; how differences in income distorts cost-benefit analysis; and what constitutes a right.
Hoover senior fellow Fouad Ajami discusses current events on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America. Topics include the recent violence in Ukraine and Venezuela, barrel bombs and chemical weapons in Syria, and nuclear weapons in Iran.
David Davenport, counselor to the director and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, notes, on Townhall.com, that the courts should find the subsidies and penalties of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, in the same way that the Supreme Court found FDR’s National Industrial Relations Act unconstitutional.
Charles Calomiris of Columbia University and Stephen Haber of Stanford University discuss their new book, Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit, with EconTalk host Russell Roberts. Topics include the inherent conflicts of interest in the symbiotic relationship between governments and banks; the history of banking in the United States; comparing the Canadian and American banking experiences from a historical perspective; and a live audience Q&A.
David Davenport, counselor to the director and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, notes, on Townhall.com, that, although Obama had promised to use his pen and his phone to push forward his policies in the State of the Union address, he already was “on executive power overdrive.”