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Russell D. Roberts

Jerven on measuring African poverty and progress

via EconTalk
Monday, January 7, 2013

In this podcast Russell Roberts, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and EconTalk host, discusses, with Morten Jerven of Simon Fraser University and author of Poor Numbers, the quality of data coming out of Africa on income, growth, and population. Jerven argues that the inconsistency of the numbers and methodology both across countries and across time within a country, makes many empirical studies of African progress meaningless.

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Epstein discusses the Supreme Court’s review of Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District on the John Batchelor Show

by Richard A. Epsteinvia John Batchelor Show
Friday, January 4, 2013

Richard Epstein, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the John and Jean De Nault Task Force on Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity, speaks to the long-standing conflict between the constitutional protection of property rights and the state’s desire to protect its pristine wetlands, always in short supply, from destruction by real estate development.

Chester E. Finn Jr.

Finn discusses education reform on the Fran Tarkenton Show

via The Fran Tarkenton Show
Monday, December 17, 2012

Chester Finn, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and chairman of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, discusses education reform, charter schools, and teachers’ unions. Finn notes that the single most covered topic in the media last year was charter schools.

Russell D. Roberts

Boudreaux on reading Hayek

via EconTalk
Monday, December 17, 2012

In this podcast Russell Roberts, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and EconTalk host, discusses, with Don Boudreaux of George Mason University, the work of F. A. Hayek, particularly his writings on philosophy and political economy.

Peter Berkowitz

Berkowitz discusses big government and the GOP on the John Batchelor Show

via John Batchelor Show
Friday, December 14, 2012

Peter Berkowitz, the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, discusses Thomas Paine, politics, government, and the US Constitution.

research fellow Michael Petrelli

Petrilli discusses changing cities and gentrifying schools on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show

via Kojo Nnamdi Show (WAMU)
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Hoover fellow and executive vice president of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation Mike Petrilli discusses the changing education landscape in Washington DC, and evolving debates about how to serve the needs of an increasingly diverse population. For most of its recent history, DC was a city that lost residents to the suburbs once kids reached school age. Now as young families flock to gentrifying areas, schools are becoming focal points of debates about the future of DC.

Russell D. Roberts

Roberts discusses what the latest jobs report says about the economy

via Minnesota Public Radio
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Russell Roberts, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and EconTalk host, discusses the monthly jobs report released Friday by the Labor Department, which shows unemployment rates dropped to 7.7 percent, the lowest rate in four years. Roberts notes that the trend is good, but only those actively looking for work are counted as unemployed.

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Ratliff discusses whether Chinese culture is the secret ingredient for economic success on Friends and Foes of Liberty

via Blog Talk Radio
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

William Ratliff, a research fellow and former curator of the Americas Collection at the Hoover Institution and a research fellow at the Independent Institute, contends that culture in general and Chinese culture in particular matter a great deal to that nation’s economic and political development. He spoke with Ying Ma about the role of culture, the resounding success of the Asian Tigers–Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan–in the latter half of the twentieth century, and the unfulfilled expectations of the Arab Spring.

Russell D. Roberts

Chris Anderson on makers and manufacturing

via EconTalk
Monday, December 10, 2012

In this podcast Russell Roberts, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and EconTalk host, discusses, with Chris Anderson his book Makers: The New Industrial Revolution. In the book, Anderson tells how technology is transforming the manufacturing business, arguing that the plummeting prices of 3D printers and other tabletop design and manufacturing tools allows individuals to enter manufacturing and manufacturing to become customized in a way that was unimaginable until recently.

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Davenport: Palestinian statehood violates international law

via Townhall
Friday, December 7, 2012

David Davenport, counselor to the director and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, notes, on Townhall.com, that the when the UN General Assembly voted to make Palestine a nonmember observer state it demonstrated that there are a lot of politics at the UN but not much law. There are four criteria for recognizing a state under international law; the Palestinian Authority does not meet them, and those criteria were not even reviewed. Maybe there is no such thing as international law, only international politics.