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Education Bookcast

Jan 30, 2023

In the previous recording, I was speaking about political economy using the example of prison gangs, taken from David Skarbek's book Social Order of the Underworld. In this recording, I give the example of 18th-century Atlantic pirates, as discussed in Peter Leeson's The Invisible Hook. (It's a pun on Adam Smith's...

Jan 29, 2023

Please be advised that this episode contains mentions of violence and may be unsuitable for some listeners.

I'd like to flesh out what I've been saying before about the power of economic analysis in explaining people's actions.

Whereas when we normally think about motivation we think in terms of psychology, economists...

Jan 1, 2023

Education Bookcast released its first episode on the 1st of January 2016. I'd like to take this opportunity to talk about some of the big things that I think I've learned in that time. I speak about:

  • Psychology is overrated - the replication crisis and the bias in cultural sampling, and therefore the importance...