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Political Economy with Jim Pethokoukis

American Enterprise Institute

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Political Economy with Jim Pethokoukis

Political Economy with Jim Pethokoukis

American Enterprise Institute

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Tune in each week as James Pethokoukis interviews economists, business leaders, academics and others on the most important and interesting issues of the day. You can find all episodes at AEI, Ricochet, and wherever podcasts are downloaded, and look for follow-up transcripts and blog posts at aei.org.

Latest Episodes

Toby Ord: Existential risk and the future of humanity

Since the invention of nuclear weapons, humanity has had the power to wipe itself out. And with the rise of biotechnology and artificial intelligence, this capability is expanding over time. Beyond these risks, long-term challenges like climate change are testing our willingness to look ahead and stave off distant disasters, and our response to the COVID pandemic is not much of a reassurance that we will handle this test well. So today I’m speaking with Toby Ord, who argues that safeguarding humanity’s future from these natural and manmade threats is the defining challenge of our time. Toby is a senior research fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, where he studies the long-term future of humanity. He is the author of The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity, released earlier this year.

32 MIN3 d ago
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Toby Ord: Existential risk and the future of humanity

Nicole Gelinas: Can cities weather the pandemic?

How will cities be affected in the long term by the COVID-19 pandemic? Will transit systems and real estate markets revert back to normal any time soon? And how can policymakers handle the impending state and local budget shortfalls? In today’s podcast, I discuss these questions with Nicole Gelinas. Nicole is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal, where she writes on urban economics and finance. She is also a columnist for the New York Post and the author of “After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street — and Washington.”

27 MIN1 w ago
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Nicole Gelinas: Can cities weather the pandemic?

Mike Masnick: Exploring the future of work through science fiction

What kind of jobs will artificial intelligence create, and how will new technologies affect our lives — for better or for worse — going forward? Even many techno-optimists have difficulty answering questions like this with any specificity, because the future is hard to predict. So today I’m speaking with Mike Masnick to explore how technology will affect the future, with respect to employment and other topics such as content moderation. Mike is the founder and CEO of Floor64 and the editor of the Techdirt blog. Recently, he co-edited a volume of short stories released by the Copia Institute — Working Futures: 14 Speculative Stories about the Future of Work. This collection of stories portrays a wide variety of possible worlds that technological progress could create, with both optimistic and pessimistic predictions. You can also check out the transcript of this podcasthere.

28 MIN2 w ago
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Mike Masnick: Exploring the future of work through science fiction

Adam Thierer: How ‘evasive entrepreneurship’ can beat the regulatory state

Despite the best of intentions, regulations often hold back our economy, allowing entrenched interests to block innovations which would benefit consumers and promote human progress. But some companies — particularly in the tech sector — have refused to accept this and skirt local and federal rules in order to innovate without permission. So how much does regulation hold back innovation in America? And how are entrepreneurs challenging this trend? I’ll be exploring these questions today with Adam Thierer. Adam is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where he focuses on the public policy concerns surrounding emerging technologies. He is the author of “Permissionless Innovation: The Continuing Case for Comprehensive Technological Freedom” (2014) and “Evasive Entrepreneurs and the Future of Governance: How Innovation Improves Economies and Governments” (2020). You can also check out the transcript of this podcasthere.

25 MIN3 w ago
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Adam Thierer: How ‘evasive entrepreneurship’ can beat the regulatory state

Michael Strain: Assessing the economy, post-COVID lockdown

As the lockdowns ease up, it’s time to take stock of the damage done by the pandemic and to look towards recovery. So to discuss today’s surprisingly strong jobs report — as well as the recovery work that policymakers have ahead of them — I’m speaking today with Michael Strain. Michael is the director of economic policy studies and the Arthur F. Burns Chair in Political Economy here at AEI. Previously, he worked for the US Census Bureau and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He is the author of the recently released The American Dream Is Not Dead: (But Populism Could Kill It). You can also check out the transcript of this podcasthere.

33 MINJUN 6
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Michael Strain: Assessing the economy, post-COVID lockdown

Matt Ridley: How innovation works

Is American innovation plateauing? How can we encourage more of it, both through public policy and culture? Should we be concerned that China’s innovative capacities will overtake us? And what really motivates innovators to innovate, anyway? Matt Ridley recently joined me for an AEI webinar to discuss these questions, and I’m happy to present our conversation to you all in podcast form. Matt is the award-winning and bestselling author of numerous books, including “The Evolution of Everything” and “The Rational Optimist”. Since 2013, Matt has also been a member of the House of Lords. His new book is “How Innovation Works: And Why It Flourishes in Freedom”. You can also check out the transcript of this podcasthere.

58 MINJUN 3
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Matt Ridley: How innovation works

Anton Howes: Human progress and the Royal Society of Arts

Since its inception in the eighteenth century, the Royal Society of Arts has tried to improve every possible aspect of British life. They’ve done so by supporting inventions and persuading the public. In a time of slowed innovation and technological pessimism, we could all stand to learn from the RSA’s example, and so today I’m discussing it with Anton Howes. Anton is the historian in residence at the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers, and Commerce. He is also the author of the recently released Arts and Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation. You can also check out the transcript of this podcasthere.

29 MINMAY 27
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Anton Howes: Human progress and the Royal Society of Arts

Eli Dourado: How to make America innovate again

To many, it seems as though America has failed to live up to its potential over the past several decades, with far less to show for its innovative efforts than one might have expected a half century ago. But the future is brimming with possibilities, and, at the very least, the COVID-19 pandemic has signaled that “It’s time to build,” as one observer recently put it. To explore why America has failed to “build” in the past — and how it may reprioritize innovation going forward — I’m speaking today with Eli Dourado. Eli is a senior research fellow at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University, where he focuses on the technology, innovation, and economic growth. Previously, he was a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. You can also check out the transcript of this podcasthere.

27 MINMAY 20
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Eli Dourado: How to make America innovate again

Tony Mills: World War II shows the importance of basic science research

America became the technological leader of the world during the Second World War. While we have maintained this position to an extent, US federal research spending is currently at a 60-year low. In the midst of a pandemic, and with eyes towards future technological competition with China, we should ask: How best can policymakers support scientific research in the coming decades? I’m delighted to discuss this question today with Tony Mills. Tony is the director of the R Street Institute’s science policy program, and he was previously the editor of RealClearPolicy. He and Mark Mills recently published an excellent article in The New Atlantis titled “The Science Before the War”. You can also check out the transcript of this podcasthere.

25 MINMAY 13
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Tony Mills: World War II shows the importance of basic science research

Chad Syverson: The COVID crisis and economic growth

How will the economy change as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? Will we see a crippling decline in productivity growth? Will our embrace of digital technology yield benefits? And will the post-pandemic economy be defined more by a redoubled commitment to innovation or by increased risk-aversion? On today’s episode of Political Economy, I explore these questions with Chad Syverson. Chad is the George C. Tiao Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Along with Filippo di Mauro, he recently wrote an article for VoxEU, titled “The COVID crisis and productivity growth”. You can also check out the transcript of this podcasthere.

25 MINMAY 6
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Chad Syverson: The COVID crisis and economic growth

Latest Episodes

Toby Ord: Existential risk and the future of humanity

Since the invention of nuclear weapons, humanity has had the power to wipe itself out. And with the rise of biotechnology and artificial intelligence, this capability is expanding over time. Beyond these risks, long-term challenges like climate change are testing our willingness to look ahead and stave off distant disasters, and our response to the COVID pandemic is not much of a reassurance that we will handle this test well. So today I’m speaking with Toby Ord, who argues that safeguarding humanity’s future from these natural and manmade threats is the defining challenge of our time. Toby is a senior research fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, where he studies the long-term future of humanity. He is the author of The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity, released earlier this year.

32 MIN3 d ago
Comments
Toby Ord: Existential risk and the future of humanity

Nicole Gelinas: Can cities weather the pandemic?

How will cities be affected in the long term by the COVID-19 pandemic? Will transit systems and real estate markets revert back to normal any time soon? And how can policymakers handle the impending state and local budget shortfalls? In today’s podcast, I discuss these questions with Nicole Gelinas. Nicole is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal, where she writes on urban economics and finance. She is also a columnist for the New York Post and the author of “After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street — and Washington.”

27 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Nicole Gelinas: Can cities weather the pandemic?

Mike Masnick: Exploring the future of work through science fiction

What kind of jobs will artificial intelligence create, and how will new technologies affect our lives — for better or for worse — going forward? Even many techno-optimists have difficulty answering questions like this with any specificity, because the future is hard to predict. So today I’m speaking with Mike Masnick to explore how technology will affect the future, with respect to employment and other topics such as content moderation. Mike is the founder and CEO of Floor64 and the editor of the Techdirt blog. Recently, he co-edited a volume of short stories released by the Copia Institute — Working Futures: 14 Speculative Stories about the Future of Work. This collection of stories portrays a wide variety of possible worlds that technological progress could create, with both optimistic and pessimistic predictions. You can also check out the transcript of this podcasthere.

28 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Mike Masnick: Exploring the future of work through science fiction

Adam Thierer: How ‘evasive entrepreneurship’ can beat the regulatory state

Despite the best of intentions, regulations often hold back our economy, allowing entrenched interests to block innovations which would benefit consumers and promote human progress. But some companies — particularly in the tech sector — have refused to accept this and skirt local and federal rules in order to innovate without permission. So how much does regulation hold back innovation in America? And how are entrepreneurs challenging this trend? I’ll be exploring these questions today with Adam Thierer. Adam is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where he focuses on the public policy concerns surrounding emerging technologies. He is the author of “Permissionless Innovation: The Continuing Case for Comprehensive Technological Freedom” (2014) and “Evasive Entrepreneurs and the Future of Governance: How Innovation Improves Economies and Governments” (2020). You can also check out the transcript of this podcasthere.

25 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Adam Thierer: How ‘evasive entrepreneurship’ can beat the regulatory state

Michael Strain: Assessing the economy, post-COVID lockdown

As the lockdowns ease up, it’s time to take stock of the damage done by the pandemic and to look towards recovery. So to discuss today’s surprisingly strong jobs report — as well as the recovery work that policymakers have ahead of them — I’m speaking today with Michael Strain. Michael is the director of economic policy studies and the Arthur F. Burns Chair in Political Economy here at AEI. Previously, he worked for the US Census Bureau and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He is the author of the recently released The American Dream Is Not Dead: (But Populism Could Kill It). You can also check out the transcript of this podcasthere.

33 MINJUN 6
Comments
Michael Strain: Assessing the economy, post-COVID lockdown

Matt Ridley: How innovation works

Is American innovation plateauing? How can we encourage more of it, both through public policy and culture? Should we be concerned that China’s innovative capacities will overtake us? And what really motivates innovators to innovate, anyway? Matt Ridley recently joined me for an AEI webinar to discuss these questions, and I’m happy to present our conversation to you all in podcast form. Matt is the award-winning and bestselling author of numerous books, including “The Evolution of Everything” and “The Rational Optimist”. Since 2013, Matt has also been a member of the House of Lords. His new book is “How Innovation Works: And Why It Flourishes in Freedom”. You can also check out the transcript of this podcasthere.

58 MINJUN 3
Comments
Matt Ridley: How innovation works

Anton Howes: Human progress and the Royal Society of Arts

Since its inception in the eighteenth century, the Royal Society of Arts has tried to improve every possible aspect of British life. They’ve done so by supporting inventions and persuading the public. In a time of slowed innovation and technological pessimism, we could all stand to learn from the RSA’s example, and so today I’m discussing it with Anton Howes. Anton is the historian in residence at the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers, and Commerce. He is also the author of the recently released Arts and Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation. You can also check out the transcript of this podcasthere.

29 MINMAY 27
Comments
Anton Howes: Human progress and the Royal Society of Arts

Eli Dourado: How to make America innovate again

To many, it seems as though America has failed to live up to its potential over the past several decades, with far less to show for its innovative efforts than one might have expected a half century ago. But the future is brimming with possibilities, and, at the very least, the COVID-19 pandemic has signaled that “It’s time to build,” as one observer recently put it. To explore why America has failed to “build” in the past — and how it may reprioritize innovation going forward — I’m speaking today with Eli Dourado. Eli is a senior research fellow at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University, where he focuses on the technology, innovation, and economic growth. Previously, he was a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. You can also check out the transcript of this podcasthere.

27 MINMAY 20
Comments
Eli Dourado: How to make America innovate again

Tony Mills: World War II shows the importance of basic science research

America became the technological leader of the world during the Second World War. While we have maintained this position to an extent, US federal research spending is currently at a 60-year low. In the midst of a pandemic, and with eyes towards future technological competition with China, we should ask: How best can policymakers support scientific research in the coming decades? I’m delighted to discuss this question today with Tony Mills. Tony is the director of the R Street Institute’s science policy program, and he was previously the editor of RealClearPolicy. He and Mark Mills recently published an excellent article in The New Atlantis titled “The Science Before the War”. You can also check out the transcript of this podcasthere.

25 MINMAY 13
Comments
Tony Mills: World War II shows the importance of basic science research

Chad Syverson: The COVID crisis and economic growth

How will the economy change as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? Will we see a crippling decline in productivity growth? Will our embrace of digital technology yield benefits? And will the post-pandemic economy be defined more by a redoubled commitment to innovation or by increased risk-aversion? On today’s episode of Political Economy, I explore these questions with Chad Syverson. Chad is the George C. Tiao Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Along with Filippo di Mauro, he recently wrote an article for VoxEU, titled “The COVID crisis and productivity growth”. You can also check out the transcript of this podcasthere.

25 MINMAY 6
Comments
Chad Syverson: The COVID crisis and economic growth
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