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A New Capitalisn’t Episode: Should States Be Allowed to File for Bankruptcy? A Reading List

States are facing massive shortfalls due to the coronavirus outbreak. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has suggested letting states file for bankruptcy....

A New Capitalisn’t Episode: The Risk Of Reopening – a Reading List

Despite warnings from government and health officials, some states are choosing to begin reopening their economies this week by ending lockdown restrictions. In this...

A New Capitalisn’t Episode: Where Does the Money Come From? With Special Guest Eugene Fama

As Kate Waldock and Luigi Zingales predicted in a previous episode, the government is running out of money and will ask Congress for additional...

A New Capitalisn’t Episode: How to Exit the Covid-19 Quarantine – a Reading List

For the good of public health, it's important that we continue staying in quarantine, at least for another month or two. But eventually, we...

A Special Capitalisn’t Episode: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Economic Shutdown

One of the prominent economic debates to emerge during the coronavirus outbreak has been whether to continue with shelter-in-place measures that are hurting the...

Capitalisn't in a New Episode on the Gig Economy: A Reading List

Companies like Uber, Lyft, and Doordash have brought the term "gig economy" into our lexicon. But what is the gig economy, really? In the...

Economics Podcast Recommendations: Esther Duflo on Poverty, James Robinson on Development, and Cesar Hidalgo on Chile

ProMarket’s picks for the best podcasts covering economics, finance, and political economy.       HBR Ideacast: Esther Duflo   In this episode of the Harvard Business Review's weekly HBR...

A Complicated Villain: Is Elizabeth Warren Right About Private Equity?

In a new episode of their podcast Capitalisn't, Kate Waldock and Luigi Zingales discuss one of the most hated industries of America: private equity. Democratic...

SolarCity's Troubles Fuel the Religious War Around Tesla's Future and Elon Musk

Musk has been saying for years that his solar business will be similar in size to Tesla’s car business, but this is not likely to...

Walmart and Gun Control: Should Companies Self-Regulate When the Government Doesn't Act? A New Capitalisn't Episode

The biggest retailer in the US decided to end all handgun ammunition sales, and the four largest automakers announced a private deal with California...

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How Political Conflict Shapes Macroeconomics: Alberto Alesina’s Intellectual Legacy

One of the most respected economists of his generation, Harvard professor Alberto Alesina suddenly died at 63. His friend and colleague Guido...

“Alberto Alesina Always Knew Where The Big Ideas Were”

Harvard economist Alberto Alesina passed away at 63. Paola Giuliano, UCLA professor and Alesina's co-author, recalls his intellectual and human legacy: "He...

Bethany McLean’s Weekend Reading List: Fracking, Germs, and the Global Financial Crisis

Corruption, lobbying, corporate malfeasance, and frauds: a weekly unconventional selection of must-read articles by investigative journalist Bethany McLean. 

We Need More Respectful and Inclusive Experiments in Development Economics: A Proposal

After many years of field research in Uganda, three economists outline how to prevent a powerful research tool such as randomized...

Indecent Proposals in Economics: The Moral Problem With Randomized Trial Experiments

The advent of field Randomised Control Trials (RCTs) has made it more acceptable for applied economists to collect data in developing countries....

When and How the US Should Reopen Is a Matter of Politics, Trust in Institutions and Media, Survey Says

A new survey from the Rustandy Center and the Poverty Lab at the University of Chicago finds that political party affiliation and...

Why Social Distancing Measures Seem Less Effective in the US

Guidelines assume that the less people move around, the less likely they are to be in contact. However, phone location data show...