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a podcast about ideas on growth, progress, and prosperity www.ideasuntrapped.com

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English


Episodes

PRODUCTIVITY, EXPORTING, AND DEVELOPMENT

11/29/2022
We often speak of economic development as a phenomenon of sovereign national countries, but the process by which that happens is through what happens at individual firms in the economy. The decisions by firms to upgrade their products (services), export, and adopt new technology are the most important determinants of economic development. The incentives and conditions that shape these decisions are the subjects of my conversation with my guest on this episode. Eric Verhoogen is a professor...

Duration:00:48:52

GAMBLING ON DEVELOPMENT

10/18/2022
My guest on this episode is Stefan Dercon - author of the recently published and most excellent book ‘Gambling on Development: Why Some Countries Win and Others Lose’. Development scholars have produced many explanations for why some countries did better than others after the Second World War. Factors like geography, quality or type of institutions, foreign aid, and protective trade policies, have been argued as what explains this divergence in national prosperity between countries. Dercon's...

Duration:01:24:23

TALKING CITIES WITH A LEGEND

10/5/2022
I was thrilled to get a chance to talk about cities with Alain Bertaud - he has been one of the most important thinkers in urban planning for the past fifty years. His book Order Without Design is a must-read and an excellent summary of his research (conducted in collaboration with his wife Marie-Agnes, an urban planning scholar in her own right) project with aim of bridging the gap between urban planning and urban economics. Alain is a brilliant and generous teacher who has greatly...

Duration:00:56:01

UNDERSTANDING CHINA'S DEVELOPMENT

9/9/2022
It is difficult to overstate China's rise in terms of economic development in the four decades - growing from one of the poorest countries to becoming the world's second-largest economy. China has also become an important geopolitical partner to many developing countries, and it is quite common to encounter talk of the ‘‘China model’’ of development as being more suitable for many African countries that have struggled with economic transformation. Joining me on today's episode is political...

Duration:00:47:24

UNDERSTANDING INNOVATION

6/16/2022
Innovation is the key ingredient to human material prosperity and an essential factor in economic development. But the importance of innovation is often misunderstood because of the common belief that poorer nations need not invent anything new and can always copy existing technologies from the richer nations - hence innovation policies are often missing from the development agenda of most developing countries. My guest today is social scientist and innovation policy expert Dan Breznitz -...

Duration:00:36:13

INSECURITY IN NIGERIA

6/13/2022
If you ask any Nigerian today what the number one problem that they think political leadership should tackle - I am fairly certain security will be the overwhelming answer. In the last week alone there have been two deadly attacks in the Ondo state and Kaduna state with scores of people murdered in their homes and places of worship. Go back a week further, and the number of such murderous attacks would have risen to six. What many Nigerians depressing is that the problem is worsening and...

Duration:01:12:02

RELIGION AND DEVELOPMENT

5/18/2022
How Religion shapes and influences the trajectory of a country's development path is a subject I have long been curious about - and I found persuasive answers in the work of Economic Historian Jared Rubin. Jared's book is a tour de force on how rulers and elites use religious legitimacy to propagate their rule - and the developmental implications of such equilibrium. The first part of our conversation is to get him to explain some of the fundamental concepts of his book and analysis. It is...

Duration:00:33:26

FOOD POLICY AND ITS CHALLENGES

3/29/2022
The invasion of Ukraine by Russia - and the ensuing war - has brought food prices back into the news. This is happening on the back of the Covid-19 global pandemic that also disrupted the food supply chain, causing shortages and rising prices in many countries. So how should countries set national food policies in the face of risks and uncertainties? This is the subject of my conversation with agricultural economist Fabien Tondel. He is a researcher and Policy Officer with the European...

Duration:00:50:41

WHY WE COOPERATE

2/1/2022
Human cooperation has been one of the most common human experiences, yet one of the most contentiously debated. For some, human cooperation is a unique moral achievement given our multitude of interests and differences. Others proclaim that we are ‘‘selfish’’ individual utility-maximizers - and cooperation is only achieved via separate institutional arrangements. Researchers on human behaviour and biology are also divided on whether our instincts for cooperative behaviour originated from...

Duration:00:44:16

EXPLAINING THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

1/17/2022
Welcome to another season of your favourite podcast! We are starting off the season by exploring the many explanations of The Industrial Revolution with economic historian and writer Davis Kedrosky. You can learn more about Davis' work from his excellent newsletter here. You can also listen to this podcast through all the other options here. The transcript of the conversation is below. TRANSCRIPT Tobi; So briefly, what is the Industrial Revolution? And what is its significance? I mean,...

Duration:00:34:28

TALKING SUPPLY CHAINS

12/3/2021
Supply chains have been in the news a lot lately - because there have been shortages of many important things like food, semiconductor microchips, heating and cooking gas, and even shipping containers. Prices of many commodities have gone through the roof because of these shortages, and policymakers globally are scrambling to find a solution especially with the holiday season coming around. I tried to unpack some of the issues with Decision Scientist Oliver Beige. We also revisit some of the...

Duration:00:35:24

PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH AND ITS COMPLEXITIES

11/15/2021
Surely the biggest development in the last year is the record speed with which vaccines were discovered for the Covid-19 virus that shut down the entire world. I spoke to medicinal chemist and science blogger Derek Lowe about the many issues surrounding drug discovery like regulatory constraints, funding, and many other issues in the industry. Enjoy the conversation with Derek Lowe - and the transcript is available for paid subscribers. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss...

Duration:00:37:50

REMAKING A NATION

11/15/2021
I spoke to Christopher Ogunmodede about some of the major themes from the events in Nigeria over the past year. We also talked about some of his more radical ideas - like the abolition of the nation-state. Talking to Chris always leaves me more informed and perceptive - and I want to thank him for being always willing to share his knowledge. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.ideasuntrapped.com/subscribe

Duration:01:16:32

RULE OF LAW AND THE REAL WORLD

10/21/2021
''Rule of law'' is the generally accepted description for how well a political system conforms to formal rules - rather than functioning through the whims of the most powerful social or political agents. For a society to be described as one functioning under rule of law - there must be rules and those rules must be equally applied to everyone in the society. Let us call this Letter of the Law. These rules are usually expressed through the constitution of a country and enforced through the...

Duration:01:00:43

EVALUATION OF INTERVENTIONS

10/15/2021
I had a great conversation with David Roodman - researcher and senior adviser at Open Philanthropy. He played an important role in helping us understand and interpret the evidence on the microfinance phenomenon that was sweeping through the development community a little while back. We also talked about his work in evaluating foreign aid, how his background in mathematics has helped him throughout his career, and why he writes so well. The transcript for this episode is available for paid...

Duration:00:51:20

THE RETURN OF INDUSTRIAL POLICY

9/21/2021
I had a very stimulating conversation with Nathan Lane. Nathan is an empirical economist and an Associate Professor of economics at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the political economy of development, the economics of the state, and Industrial Policy. Nathan's work combines new methods from data science and traditional micro-data to understand questions at the heart of economic development -in particular, industrial development. His work has focused on the policies behind...

Duration:00:52:24

THE TRANSFORMATION CHALLENGE

8/13/2021
Many low-income countries confront the challenge of transforming from an agrarian or resource-based economy to an industrial economy. We can see this in how countries struggle to diversify their exports and sources of public revenues. Nurturing a policy environment for economic transformation - despite the abundance of literature and example for the recent East Asian experience - is often the hardest part of the challenge. Joining me on today's episode to explore this and many more is...

Duration:00:52:32

SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR AND THE COLLECTIVE GOOD

7/30/2021
Welcome to another episode of Ideas Untrapped podcast, where we discuss ideas that promote progress, prosperity, and economic development. We do this by speaking to academics, industry experts, and other creative social thinkers. My guest on this episode is Robert Frank, professor of economics at Cornell University, New York. Robert is my favourite economist because he presents complex ideas in simple intuitive details. His works straddle the nexus of economics, psychology, and biosocial...

Duration:00:52:51

DEVELOPMENT AS COMPETITIVENESS

7/15/2021
I spoke to macroeconomic analyst Karthik Sankaran about many of his brilliant insights on economic development process. Karthik long and broad experience working on emerging markets shines through our entire conversation. His gift of wit and summarizing complex economic into understandable bits is one of the best I have encountered - as you can tell from his Twitter feed and blog. You can listen directly on this page or through any of the links here. You can also listen to a longer version...

Duration:00:44:04

DEVELOPMENT AND CAPABILITY

7/2/2021
It was enlightening as expected to talk to Harvard professor of economic development Ricardo Hausmann. He has a refreshing take on all of my questions - and I believe he is one of the most important thinkers on development ever. You can check out some of his work for Harvard’s CID Growth Lab (where he is the Director) here - you can also find many of his lectures on Youtube. You can listen and download directly on the website or simply search for the podcast on any of your preferred...

Duration:00:44:41