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Russell D. Roberts

Coase on externalities, the firm, and the state of economics

via EconTalk
Monday, May 21, 2012

In this podcast Russell Roberts, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and EconTalk host, discusses, with Nobel laureate Ronald Coase of the University of Chicago, Coase’s career, the current state of economics, and the Chinese economy. Coase, born in 1910, reflects on his youth and his two great papers, “The Nature of the Firm” and “The Problem of Social Cost.”

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Davenport notes that abandoning austerity is a mistake

via Townhall
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

David Davenport, counselor to the director and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, notes, on Townhall.com, that voters in Greece and France have ousted leaders who pursued economic austerity. Why? Is it because the alternative economic stimulus has worked so well in Germany and Sweden or because they lack the patience and character to see through a program of spending cuts and debt reduction?

Russell D. Roberts

Owen on parenting, money, and the First National Bank of Dad

via EconTalk
Monday, May 14, 2012

In this podcast Russell Roberts, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and EconTalk host, discusses, with David Owen, author of the First National Bank of Dad, how to educate our children about money and finance. Owen explains how he created savings accounts for his kids to give them an incentive to save and to teach them about postponing gratification, investing, keeping money in perspective, and other life lessons.

William L. Whalen

Whalen discusses President Obama’s support of same-sex marriage on KQED’s Forum

via Forum with Michael Krasny (KQED)
Thursday, May 10, 2012

Bill Whalen, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution where he studies and writes on current events and political trends, discusses President Obama’s support of same-sex marriage and what this decision may mean for the presidential election.

Peter Berkowitz

Berkowitz discusses Israel and the international laws of war on the Lawfare podcast

via Lawfare
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Peter Berkowitz, the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, defends the international laws of war by exposing the flawed assumptions and defective claims that have gained currency from The Goldstone Report (2009 Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission) and the Gaza Flotilla controversy.

Clint Bolick

Bolick discusses his recent book Death Grip: Loosening the Law’s Stranglehold over Economic Liberty on Liberty Law Talk

via Liberty Law Talk (Library of Law and Liberty)
Monday, May 7, 2012

Clint Bolick, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution who also serves as the director of the Goldwater Institute Center for Constitutional Litigation in Phoenix, explores the history and intent behind the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment and its privileges, or immunities, clause and then looks at current efforts to breathe life back into the protection of economic liberties.

Russell D. Roberts

Schmidtz on Rawls, Nozick, and justice

via EconTalk
Monday, May 7, 2012

In this podcast Russell Roberts, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and EconTalk host, discusses, with David Schmidtz of the University of Arizona, the work of John Rawls and Robert Nozick. The conversation covers the ideas of Rawls and Nozick on inequality and justice and the appropriate role of the state in taxation and property rights.

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Ajami discusses whether the United States has abdicated responsibility for Syria on NPR

via Talk of the Nation (NPR)
Monday, April 30, 2012

Fouad Ajami, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and cochair of the Working Group on Islamism and the International Order, argues that the United States has forsaken Syria and its people and provided the regime with a lifeline. In the Wall Street Journal, Ajami writes that “everyone is waiting on Washington's green light and its leadership.”

John B. Taylor

Taylor on rules, discretion, and first principles

via EconTalk
Monday, April 30, 2012

In this podcast Russell Roberts, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and EconTalk host, discusses, with John Taylor, the George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics at the Hoover Institution and the Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University, his new book, First Principles: Five Keys to Restoring America's Prosperity. Taylor argues that, when economic policy adheres to the right basic principles such as keeping rules rather than using discretion, then the economy thrives. Ignoring these principles, Taylor argues, leads to bad economic outcomes such as recessions, inflation, or high unemployment.

Russell D. Roberts

Cowen on food

via EconTalk
Monday, April 23, 2012

In this podcast Russell Roberts, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and EconTalk host, discusses, with Tyler Cowen of George Mason University and author of An Economist Gets Lunch, food, the economics of food, and his new book. In this wide-ranging conversation, Cowen explains why American food was once a wasteland, the environmental impacts of plastic and buying local, why it is important to stay away from fancy restaurants in the central city, and why, while living in northern Virginia, he spent a month shopping only at an Asian supermarket.

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