The New Bazaar
BONUS: Three econ stories
Having guided Cardiff through the craft of economic storytelling in the prior episode, Tim Harford returns to explain the lessons of three economic stories from his own podcast, Cautionary Tales.
What Neoliberalism Means Now
Season 1, Ep. 38
Cardiff speaks with Jeremiah Johnson, the co-founder and political director of The Neoliberal Project, to discuss the historical evolution of what it means to be Neoliberal, and why advocates and critics of Neoliberalism so often talk past each other.Jeremiah clarifies for Cardiff the current Neoliberal position on taxes, unions, healthcare, Universal Basic Income, privatization of public services, trade with China, the minimum wage, regulation, and more issues. They discuss the challenges of shifting the definition of a word that ideological opponents and others have already fixed in their minds, why disputes over definitions are nothing new, and why Jeremiah is hopeful.This episode is simultaneously being featured on The Neoliberal Podcast, which Jeremiah hosts, and which features economists, academics, and industry leaders—including both advocates and, admirably, critics of Neoliberalism.Related links:The Neoliberal ProjectThe Neoliberal PodcastJeremiah Johnson on Twitter
When innovation arrives too early
Season 1, Ep. 37
This week, we're sharing an episode from our friends over at Cautionary Tales. On the show, Tim Harford tellstragic stories from the past, pointing out the valuable lessons in the greatest mistakes, disasters and fiascos.This episode tells the story of Sir Clive Sinclair, a computer whizz and business mogul to rival Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. He was a visionary who could do no wrong... until he tried to launch an electric vehicle.The C5 “electrically assisted pedal cycle" doesn't seem so outlandish to us now... but 1985 just wasn't ready for the "aerodynamic bathtub" on wheels. Sir Clive was ridiculed and his business ruined. How did it all go so wrong?You can listen to more episodes of Cautionary Tales athttps://link.chtbl.com/newbazaarct.
When the economics is personal
Season 1, Ep. 36
Jose Fernandez, chair of the economics department at the University of Louisville, has an unusually eclectic body of work.He speaks with Cardiff about his findings on topics like autism, suicide, and health. They also discuss how he has navigated a career in which he has chosen topics that are so personal to him.Related link:Jose Fernandez's research