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Insights from top economists to help you navigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Hosts Tess Vigeland and Eduardo Porter talk to University of Chicago economists about their research, revealing important new ways to make sense of this moment. Economics is at the heart of crucial decisions about how we confront the COVID-19 crisis. Topics range from global trade to the changing meaning of work. Pandemic Economics is produced by the Becker Friedman Institute and Stitcher and is part of the University of Chicago podcast network. Production and original music in this series by Story Mechanics. More information at http://pandemiceconomics.uchicago.edu/

Insights from top economists to help you navigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Hosts Tess Vigeland and Eduardo Porter talk to University of Chicago economists about their research, revealing important new ways to make sense of this moment. Economics is at the heart of crucial decisions about how we confront the COVID-19 crisis. Topics range from global trade to the changing meaning of work. Pandemic Economics is produced by the Becker Friedman Institute and Stitcher and is part of the University of Chicago podcast network. Production and original music in this series by Story Mechanics. More information at http://pandemiceconomics.uchicago.edu/

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United States

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Insights from top economists to help you navigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Hosts Tess Vigeland and Eduardo Porter talk to University of Chicago economists about their research, revealing important new ways to make sense of this moment. Economics is at the heart of crucial decisions about how we confront the COVID-19 crisis. Topics range from global trade to the changing meaning of work. Pandemic Economics is produced by the Becker Friedman Institute and Stitcher and is part of the University of Chicago podcast network. Production and original music in this series by Story Mechanics. More information at http://pandemiceconomics.uchicago.edu/

Language:

English


Episodes

​Introducing Verified: Dust Up

11/12/2020
Verified: Dust Up is a new investigative documentary podcast produced by Witness Docs that poses the question: Could a product so many of us have in our medicine cabinets be putting us at risk? In the second season of Verified, Host Natasha Del Toro and the Verified team investigate whether a group of women developed ovarian cancer from dusting their bodies with Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder—an iconic brand associated with innocence and comfort since the 1800s. One woman's mysterious...

Duration:00:05:33

The Future of Money?

11/5/2020
If use of cash continues to wane, will cryptocurrency be the new dollar bill? Is it a revolution or just hype? Economists Eric Budish and Luigi Zingales join blockchain experts to help explain how Bitcoin functions and its implications for the future of money. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:29:31

Who Needs Cash?

10/22/2020
When COVID lockdowns started, the use of cash plummeted. But the pandemic only accelerated a trend already underway. Is a fully cashless world on the horizon? Who benefits from using cash? Fernando Alvarez and Raghuram Rajan share research insights on the economic effects of banning – and introducing – cash in today’s markets. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:24:46

The Health Care Conundrum, Part 2

10/8/2020
The US pays roughly twice as much per person for healthcare as other wealthy nations. Yet Americans are in worse health. A group of leading health economists, physicians, and hospital administrators help explain the system’s striking inefficiencies and the difficult choices presented by reform. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:27:36

The Health Care Conundrum, Part 1

9/24/2020
The global pandemic has revealed critical gaps and weaknesses in the US health care system. How is our system structured and how did we get here? In part one of our deep dive into the health care system, Katherine Baicker and Pietro Tebaldi offer their insights into the dynamics that shape health insurance coverage in America. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:27:32

Climate vs. Development: The Global Dilemma

9/10/2020
How you experience the global energy crisis and climate change depends in large part on where you live. For this special deep dive episode, Michael Greenstone and Amir Jina discuss long-term research on one place – Bihar, India – and the lessons it offers to the rest of the world. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:18:23

Can COVID Change the Climate?

8/27/2020
COVID-19 has prompted a significant decline in carbon emissions, accompanied by extraordinary economic cost. Professor Michael Greenstone discusses what energy economists are learning from the pandemic and how the trade-offs may be misinterpreted. If you’ve listened to Pandemic Economics this season, we’d appreciate your feedback. Please take a minute to complete our survey: pandemiceconomics.org/survey. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:17:57

Uncovering the Politics of Mask Usage

8/20/2020
What does the 2016 election tell us about mask use in America? Quite a lot. Austin Wright draws on new research and what it can tell us about the relationship between partisanship and wearing a mask. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:18:05

The COVID Slide: Impact on Childhood

8/13/2020
You’ve likely heard of the summer slide in childhood learning. Will changes to education and toxic stress due to COVID-19 result in similar losses, especially for already disadvantaged children? John List and Dana Suskind share what evidence shows about the new risks facing families; then, Ariel Kalil discusses her research on interventions to support parents’ role in learning at home. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:32:27

Navigating Uncertainty

8/6/2020
How can leaders make sound policy decisions with incomplete information? Lars Peter Hansen and Constantine Yannelis outline what economic theory offers to decision-makers dealing with uncertainty and what it says about COVID-19 policy to date. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:18:22

How to Price A Vaccine?

7/30/2020
Under both pandemic and economic stress, how will the market perform when it comes to setting the price for effective treatments or a cure? Katherine Baicker and Richard Thaler explore the economic forces that drive production and distribution of necessary goods like COVID-19 tests, and importantly, a vaccine See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:41:35

US & China: Relationship on the Rocks?

7/23/2020
Is COVID-19 complicating US-China relations? Zhiguo He and Chang-Tai Hsieh offer insight into how the current crisis has impacted existing dynamics between the world’s two largest economies. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:20:38

The Holes in the Safety Net

7/16/2020
CARES Act funds quickly put cash in the hands of Americans affected by shutdown, but in many cases, relief didn’t reach minority and low-income workers who needed it most. Damon Jones discusses the inequalities in relief efforts and how the country can build a stronger social safety net going forward. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:18:45

Stopping an Avalanche of Poverty

7/9/2020
One of the largest economic downturns in US history has not produced more poverty. What happened? Bruce Meyer describes how the federal government’s swift actions kept, or, in some cases, lifted families above the poverty line. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:19:02

The Virus is the Boss

7/2/2020
Is government policy driving consumer behavior or fear of infection? Austan Goolsbee and Chad Syverson share new research exploring this question, and why it matters for economic policy design. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:19:38

The Lopsided Recession

6/25/2020
The current recession is not only unprecedented in its nature and scope, but also in its effects on industries, workers, and households. Veronica Guerrieri and Erik Hurst describe the unequal effects of this historic downturn, including how the cascading economic effects of the health crisis more severely impact low-wage workers. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:18:38

Meet the COVID-19 Consumer

6/17/2020
Consumer spending is one of the most important indicators of economic health. In this episode, Michael Weber and Constantine Yannelis share research insights on the effect of pandemic and federal stimulus policies on spending, and what these trends tell us about an economic recovery. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:16:30

Could the Fed’s Rescue Go Awry?

6/10/2020
Central banks are playing a critical, yet little discussed, role in limiting the economic damage of COVID-19. In this episode, Chicago Booth professor and former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India Raghuram Rajan discusses how the pandemic is forcing the Federal Reserve and its international counterparts into uncharted territory. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:19:29

Rethinking the Jobless Benefits Boost

6/9/2020
Under the CARES Act, two-thirds of eligible unemployed Americans can access unemployment insurance exceeding their prior earnings. Peter Ganong and Joseph Vavra discuss what this fact means for the unemployed, economic recovery from COVID-19, and how to improve the program for future federal relief packages. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:23:34

Learning from South Korea's Success

5/28/2020
South Korea detected its first case of COVID-19 one day before the US, but rather than initiate lockdowns, it launched a program that shares location information on COVID-19 patients. Chang-Tai Hsieh discusses how South Korea limited COVID-19 deaths to 5.2 per million while the US rate climbed to 289 per million, and what it may reveal about the cost of privacy. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:18:52