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Episode 4: Eli Dourado on think tanks, the Great Stagnation and regulation
I speak to the extremely smart Eli Dourado. Eli is a Senior Research fellow at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University. We talk about
Do think tanks actually have an impact?
Should more companies invest in public policy roles?
What would he do if he could remake American federal regulation?
Episode 5: Mike Bird on journalism, property prices and central banking
Mike is the Asia business and finance editor at The Economist. I talked to him about
The biggest flaw of journalists
How Hong Kong’s unique government land policy means that no tech companies are there in Hong Kong
Why central banks shouldn’t target house prices
Why asset price “inflation” is nonsense
Why Mike's not an MMTer but would like to see it tried anyways
Episode 6: Hemanth Bharatha Chakravarthy on India’s political economy, debating and RCTs
Hemantha is a student at Harvard, who is currently working at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has worked with the India CEA and the RBI. We talk about
What makes certain government schemes successful?
Does being a debater make you more adversarial?
How would he change RCTs?
What are the politics of development in Indian states?
Why is reform unpopular?
What are the incentives in academia for solving the big questions of economics?