Among the contemporary economists I greatly admire, Paul Krugman and Jeffrey Sachs appear at the top. Much of what I know of international trade, I learnt from Krugman and Obstfeld’s book on the subject. I admire Sachs for the work he is doing in focusing attention on the problems of underdeveloped parts of the world. So it is a definitely edifying experience to hear Krugman and Sachs on Radio Economics, a podcast site produced by Dr. James Reese, an economics professor at the University of South Carolina Upstate.
Prof Reese is providing an excellent platform where you can hear recognized intellectuals like Nobel prize-winning economist Prof Gary Becker. The interviews and discussions he’s been producing have been downloaded over
50,000 78,875 (as of Jan 18th) times since mid-October.
It is an eclectic mix of people Dr Reese has been speaking with. There is Susanna Francke, the recipient of the 2005 Female Economist of the Year Scholarship at the Stockholm School of Economics; and there is Dr. FAN Gang, listed as one of “World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals,” the Director of the National Economics Research Institute, China. You would hear Prof Sachs talk about poverty reduction, disease control and climate change, and also hear Russ Roberts and Don Cox discuss Don’s idea for a made-for-TV movie about economics. Edward Hugh, a consulting economist living and working in Barcelona, Spain, talks about demography, demographic shocks and transitions, and the dual population problem.
Thanks to Ed Hugh, Prof James Reese asked me to appear on Radio Economics a few times. Naturally, I strongly suggest that you don’t waste time on listening to my conversations with James since you already know my views, and instead spend time listening to the other podcasts.