Political Economy with Jim Pethokoukis

Political Economy with Jim Pethokoukis


Latest Episodes

Azeem Azhar: The age of exponential technology
September 15, 2021

In the past, great inventions like the internal combustion engine and electrification had huge economic and societal impacts. Today, computing power continues to advance at an exponential rate and artificial intelligence promises to revolutionize the futu

Ed Glaeser: How cities can thrive in a post-COVID age
September 08, 2021

What will the American city look like one generation from now? While cities have always been hubs of opportunity, urban landscapes have faced an onslaught of difficulties in recent years. Soaring costs of living, the economic downturn of a global pandemic

Ed Glaeser: How cities can thrive in a post-COVID age
September 08, 2021

What will the American city look like one generation from now? While cities have always been hubs of opportunity, urban landscapes have faced an onslaught of difficulties in recent years. Soaring costs of living, the economic downturn of a global pandemic

Nicholas Bloom: Do innovation hubs work?
September 02, 2021

Today local governments compete to host growing companies in the hope that the opportunities they create will revitalize their home cities. But how much do these urban areas benefit from local innovations? And what changes should we expect given recent in

John Roth, Rich Boling, Michael Gold, & Matthew Weinzierl: The space economy
August 12, 2021

July was an exciting month for space enthusiasts of all sorts. From Richard Branson's suborbital flight to Jeff Bezos' launch, the era of private space travel has truly arrived. SpaceX and Blue Origin may be making the headlines, but they are far from the

Brad Stone: The age of Amazon
August 04, 2021

To some, Amazon is a great business that brings opportunity to over a million employees and generates value for hundreds of millions of customers. To others, it’s a company that exploits its workers and destroys small businesses. Similarly, some see Jeff

John Haltiwanger: American entrepreneurship during the pandemic
July 29, 2021

Health safety measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic have shaken the American economy. Long term staples like indoor dining have taken a hit, while new opportunities have emerged in contactless services, telecommunications, and ecommerce. Just how have

Ed Glaeser: Did capitalism cause the opioid epidemic?
July 21, 2021

Rivaling even the death toll of COVID-19, opioid abuse has wreaked havoc in countless American communities. Some have suggested that these deaths are the result of an economy that left Americans behind and feeling trapped. In their desperation, they reach

Michael Strain: The post-pandemic economy
July 14, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic unleashed an economic downturn on the United States, forcing workers and businesses to adapt. Now that Americans are getting vaccinated and the country is opening up, what is the state of the US economy? How has the pandemic — and ou

Ramez Naam: The future of clean energy
July 07, 2021

Is economic growth compatible with environmentalism? One key to answering this question is clean, renewable energy. The cheaper it becomes, the easier it is to reduce our impact on the planet while still raising living standards for people around the worl