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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

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).

33 MIN6 h ago
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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 MIN2 d ago
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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 MIN1 w ago
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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 MIN2 w ago
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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 MIN3 w ago
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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

Lane Kenworthy: The case for social democratic capitalism

Can American capitalism be improved with a more robust safety net? From a practical standpoint, could Scandinavia’s model of social democracy be implemented in America? And from a political standpoint, is such an agenda even viable in the near future? I discuss these questions, and more, with Lane Kenworthy. Lane is a professor of sociology and the Yankelovich Chair in Social Thought at the University of California-San Diego. He is the author of several books, including Social Democratic America, How Big Should Our Government Be?, and, most recently, Social Democratic Capitalism. You can also check out the transcript of this podcasthere.

27 MINAPR 29
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Lane Kenworthy: The case for social democratic capitalism

James Robinson: The narrow corridor to liberty

Why was Europe the source of the Great Enrichment? Why is China still a dictatorship after opening its economy to the world? And what do the recent successes of South Korea and Taiwan represent? According to today’s guest, James Robinson, these questions are best understood through the following framework: Nations only become free and prosperous when there is a state strong enough to secure liberty and provide public services and a society strong enough to prevent the state from becoming despotic. This necessary competition between state and society opens the “narrow corridor” to liberty. James is the Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies and University Professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. He and Daron Acemoglu are the co-authors of 2012’s Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty and their 2019 follow-up, The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty. You can also check out the transc...

22 MINAPR 22
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James Robinson: The narrow corridor to liberty

Roger Bootle: The AI economy

Will the COVID-19 pandemic leave a more risk averse, stagnant economy in its wake, or will an embrace of AI and digital technologies bring us back up to a Three Percent Economy? On this episode, I explore the impending economic impact of artificial intelligence with Roger Bootle. Roger is the chairman of Capital Economics, and a weekly columnist for The Daily Telegraph. He is also the author of several books — most recently, The AI Economy: Work, Wealth and Welfare in the Robot Age. You can also check out the transcript of this podcasthere.

20 MINAPR 15
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Roger Bootle: The AI economy

Matt Frost: An alternative to climate despair

Decades of apocalyptic rhetoric surrounding the issue of climate change has failed to garner support for the austerity-based solutions on the table. Accordingly, Matt Frost and I discuss how a climate policy agenda centered around promoting energy abundance is a better approach to mitigating climate change than doubling down on fatalistic messages and policy proposals that would make us poorer. Matt is an environmental policy technologist and the author of the recently published The New Atlantis article, “After Climate Despair”. You can also check out the transcript of this podcasthere.

24 MINAPR 8
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Matt Frost: An alternative to climate despair

Latest Episodes

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).

33 MIN6 h ago
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 MIN2 d ago
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 MIN1 w ago
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 MIN2 w ago
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 MIN3 w ago
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

Lane Kenworthy: The case for social democratic capitalism

Can American capitalism be improved with a more robust safety net? From a practical standpoint, could Scandinavia’s model of social democracy be implemented in America? And from a political standpoint, is such an agenda even viable in the near future? I discuss these questions, and more, with Lane Kenworthy. Lane is a professor of sociology and the Yankelovich Chair in Social Thought at the University of California-San Diego. He is the author of several books, including Social Democratic America, How Big Should Our Government Be?, and, most recently, Social Democratic Capitalism. You can also check out the transcript of this podcasthere.

27 MINAPR 29
Comments
Lane Kenworthy: The case for social democratic capitalism

James Robinson: The narrow corridor to liberty

Why was Europe the source of the Great Enrichment? Why is China still a dictatorship after opening its economy to the world? And what do the recent successes of South Korea and Taiwan represent? According to today’s guest, James Robinson, these questions are best understood through the following framework: Nations only become free and prosperous when there is a state strong enough to secure liberty and provide public services and a society strong enough to prevent the state from becoming despotic. This necessary competition between state and society opens the “narrow corridor” to liberty. James is the Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies and University Professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. He and Daron Acemoglu are the co-authors of 2012’s Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty and their 2019 follow-up, The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty. You can also check out the transc...

22 MINAPR 22
Comments
James Robinson: The narrow corridor to liberty

Roger Bootle: The AI economy

Will the COVID-19 pandemic leave a more risk averse, stagnant economy in its wake, or will an embrace of AI and digital technologies bring us back up to a Three Percent Economy? On this episode, I explore the impending economic impact of artificial intelligence with Roger Bootle. Roger is the chairman of Capital Economics, and a weekly columnist for The Daily Telegraph. He is also the author of several books — most recently, The AI Economy: Work, Wealth and Welfare in the Robot Age. You can also check out the transcript of this podcasthere.

20 MINAPR 15
Comments
Roger Bootle: The AI economy

Matt Frost: An alternative to climate despair

Decades of apocalyptic rhetoric surrounding the issue of climate change has failed to garner support for the austerity-based solutions on the table. Accordingly, Matt Frost and I discuss how a climate policy agenda centered around promoting energy abundance is a better approach to mitigating climate change than doubling down on fatalistic messages and policy proposals that would make us poorer. Matt is an environmental policy technologist and the author of the recently published The New Atlantis article, “After Climate Despair”. You can also check out the transcript of this podcasthere.

24 MINAPR 8
Comments
Matt Frost: An alternative to climate despair
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