Notes on economics to students now, served up by Monash Economics.


  • Michael Clemens (Washington) on the Economics of Migration


    In this podcast we meet Dr Michael Clemens from the Center for Global Development in Washington. Dr Clemens is a passionate advocate of greater migration flows due to the economic benefits such flows bring, be it in spillovers to education and technology, or via direct reductions in labour costs. Dr Clemens’ recent work exploited a […]

  • Briefing: Economic Complexity – of Robots, T-Shirts and Iron Ore


    Have you ever wondered what goes into the making of a t-shirt, business shirt or blouse – like the one you are most likely wearing right now? Recently, a collaboration between physicist, César Hidalgo and Economist, Ricardo Hausmann has seen the development of fascinating techniques to do just that – to study not just the trading relationships amongst the nations of the Earth, but the product relationships that lie behind this trade. Such analysis leads to some tantalizing prospects like mapping capabilities, or measuring the product- or capability- complexity that each country possesses. In this pod-cast, we'll introduce and explore this remarkable analysis which goes under the heading: Economic Complexity.

  • Pietro Peretto (Duke) on The Economics of Prosperity on a Finite Planet


    Pietro Peretto, Professor of Economics, Duke University, is tackling the very biggest topic in Economics — How can humanity experience increasing living standards in a world of finite resources? Or more particularly, does the stabilisation of population levels imply the cessation of economic prosperity gains? Professor Peretto is a theorist who has been developing analytical […]

  • Rebecca Morton (NYU) on Voting and Personal Attributes


    What about you impacts on your voting choice? Professor Rebecca Morton, Professor of Politics at New York University joins us today on EconomicsNow! to talk voting. Specifically, she has recently finished a study on what contributes to a person's preferences for leftist or rightist political platforms. Interestingly, Becky considers both the direct effects of attributes such as income and educational level, but also the direct and indirect effects that personality type, and intelligence can have on a person's voting behaviour. In this podcast, we discuss the study and its possible implications for voter behaviour, political parties, and the conduct of other studies on voting.

  • Andreas Lange (U Hamburg) on Why Fairness Principles Matter to International Climate Change Negotiations


    Why does fairness matter to international climate change negotiations? To help us answer this question, Andreas Lange, a Professor of Economics from the University of Hamburg joins us on EconomicsNow!

  • Markus Brueckner (U of Adelaide) on Economic Growth, Foreign Aid and Causality


    Markus Brueckner is a senior lecturer at the School of Economics, University of Adelaide, and has research interests including economic growth, political economy and applied econometrics. Along with a number of articles published in highly respected academic journals, Dr Brueckner has written for the New York Times, The Economist and the Wall Street Journal. In […]

  • Craig Mawdsley (OneSeed) on Sweatshops, Textiles, and Micro-business for development


    Craig Mawdsley is Director of OneSeed a textiles importing business bringing hand-made dresses, bags and other textiles from Cambodia to the markets of Australia. The business began around 6 years ago with Craig’s $500 tax return as seed capital and growing ever since with sales in 2011 expected to hit $100,000. In this podcast Craig […]

  • Glenn Harrison (Georgia State) on Experimental Economics


    Glenn Harrison is the C.V. Starr Chair of Risk Management & Insurance and Director of the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR), in the Department of Risk Management & Insurance, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University. His research includes diverse topics such as law and economics, international trade policy, environmental […]

  • Briefing: Is Economics a Science? Explaining the resurgence of Experimental Economics


    In this post, our Economist on the ground, Jeremy Kamil, brings us a background piece on Experimental Economics. Which reminds me, have you ever heard the one about the guy who asks you to push a button or pull a lever in the name of ‘science’ (pic on website): Is economics a science? That question, […]

  • Andy Seltzer (University of London) on wages, glass-ceilings and business cycles


    Andy Seltzer is a Professor in the Department of Economics, Royal Holloway, University of London. Professor Seltzer is an Economic Historian first and foremost and has been working on questions in labour economics by studying, amongst other things, the payroll tabulations from large bank and railway employers during the first part of the 20th century. […]

  • Paul Raschky (Monash University) on where Foreign Aid Actually Ends Up


    For some, foreign aid, is the only great hope for ending poverty in the very poor nations of our world, whilst for others, foreign aid is a key part of the problem — fueling wars, corruption and inefficient allocations of capital — making bad situations even worse. Whilst many researchers have attempted to look at […]