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Capitalisn't

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Capitalism is the engine of prosperity. Capitalism sows the seeds of its own demise. Could both be right? Economists Luigi Zingales (University of Chicago) and Kate Waldock (Georgetown) share the sort of irreverent banter you’d hear between economists at a bar, if economists were capable of sarcasm … read more

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Optimizing Our Healthcare System

December 5th, 2019

39:23

You don't need us to tell you there's something very wrong with the American healthcare system. The real question is: what can we actually do to fix …

Shareholder Vote Suppression With SEC Commissioner Rob Jackson

November 21st, 2019

39:36

A common theme on our podcast is whether shareholders have too much power. But if we were going to redistribute that power, to whom should it go? Two …

Is Elizabeth Warren Right About Private Equity?

November 7th, 2019

37:44

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren blames private equity for many of the issues in our economy. She plans to reign it in and regulate it with …

College Admission (In)Justice: Harvard and Beyond

October 24th, 2019

36:04

Getting into the right college is arguably more important than ever, which has put the justice or injustice of admissions processes in the spotlight. …

What It Takes To Win The Nobel Prize In Economics

October 10th, 2019

35:03

On this episode, Kate and Luigi explain how to win the econ Nobel, why it's important, and they attempted to predict who the 2019 winner might be.

Economic Research: Nothing Precisely or Precisely Nothing?

September 26th, 2019

35:49

On this episode, you're going to hear how the sausage gets made in economic research as Kate and Luigi personally investigate whether private equity is to blame for the retail apocalypse.

Should We Let Walmart Regulate Itself?

September 12th, 2019

36:12

In the last few weeks, we've seen two examples of seeming corporate self-regulation. One is Walmart's decision to end all handgun ammunition sales, …

Shareholders vs. Stakeholders

August 29th, 2019

36:14

Many are praising a recent Business Roundtable announcement that corporations should serve stakeholders as well as shareholders. On the surface, this …

Are Stock Buybacks Evil?

August 15th, 2019

35:23

Are stock buybacks evil? A lot of politicians seem to think so. Senators Bernie Sanders and Chuck Schumer wrote an op-ed in the New York Times this …

Universal Basic Income: Why and How?

August 1st, 2019

40:20

If you've been paying attention to Andrew Yang's Democratic presidential campaign, you're probably familiar with the concept of universal basic income. On this episode, Kate and Luigi give the economic outlook on how a …

The Student Debt Crisis: There's No Such Thing As A Free College

July 18th, 2019

37:59

With Democratic presidential candidates making the student debt crisis one of the central issues of the 2020 race, Kate and Luigi give an in-depth …

The Mickey Mouse Monopoly Club

July 4th, 2019

34:11

Last episode, Kate and Luigi discussed how the patent system creates a temporary monopoly designed to make the incentives to innovate. But the real …

Luigi Submits A Patent

June 20th, 2019

33:09

After our series about the dangers of monopolies, we're going to investigate a situation in which the government actually works to create monopolies …

Regulating Facebook and Google Pt 3: Tyler Cowen Rebuttals

June 6th, 2019

34:35

In part three of our series investigating how digital platforms like Facebook and Google should be regulated, Tyler Cowen from George Mason …

Regulating Facebook and Google Pt 2: Politics

May 23rd, 2019

34:17

In part two of our series investigating how digital platforms like Facebook and Google should be regulated, Kate and Luigi dissect the ways these …

Regulating Facebook and Google Pt 1: Markets

May 9th, 2019

39:16

As digital platforms like Facebook and Google become globally powerful, some countries are investigating and even proposing legislation to regulate …

The Morality or Immorality of A Wealth Tax

April 25th, 2019

34:02

With Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren proposing wealth taxes, Kate and Luigi break down how these …

The Ups and Downs of IPOs

April 11th, 2019

39:13

There’s an acronym you’ve probably heard in the news a lot lately: IPO. With companies like Pinterest, Airbnb and UBER all considering going public this year, Kate and Luigi break down why these companies already have …

Codetermination: A Seat At The Table

March 28th, 2019

33:11

Last year Elizabeth Warren proposed the controversial Accountable Capitalism Act. One of its most talked about proposals was focused on "codetermination." Kate & Luigi explain how it works, its effectiveness and …

Is Global Antitrust Off the Rails?

March 14th, 2019

27:35

In the wake of a blocked merger between the German and French rail giants Siemens and Alstom, Kate & Luigi debate the role of global antitrust …

Millennial Socialists

February 28th, 2019

34:47

Are millennials giving up on capitalism? A recent survey found a majority now prefer socialism. Luigi gets the scoop from our resident millennial, Kate, who says most simply want European-style social welfare, …

Pollution Pt 2: Contaminated Research

February 14th, 2019

30:06

In our second episode on pollution, investigative journalist Carey Gillam joins Kate and Luigi to discuss her new book "Whitewash: The Story of a …

Pollution Pt 1: The Sticky Side of Teflon

January 31st, 2019

31:06

In the first of a two-part series on pollution, Kate and Luigi discuss the health hazards and economic costs of air pollution and contaminated …

Warrenomics

January 17th, 2019

29:50

As Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) jumps into the 2020 Presidential race, Kate and Luigi examine her legislative record and economic policy proposals, …

Why Capitalism Needs Journalism

January 3rd, 2019

34:01

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steven Pearlstein drops by to talk with Kate & Luigi about the incredible shrinking newspaper -- especially the …

The Financial Assassin

December 20th, 2018

33:12

Fahmi Quadir thinks short sellers get a bad rap. Known as the "financial assassin" for helping expose fraud and misconduct at Valeant, she tells Luigi that Tesla might be next. But Kate isn't convinced -- she thinks …

Global Inequality Pt 2: Divergence

December 6th, 2018

28:10

In the second of a two-part look at global inequality Kate & Luigi talk about the downside of globalization. A listener's email sparks a conversation about what's driving the growing wage gap within the U.S. We …

Global Inequality Pt 1: Convergence

November 22nd, 2018

29:52

In the first of a two-part look at global inequality Kate & Luigi talk about the upside of globalization -- a decrease in income inequality between countries over the last few decades. How much of this can be …

The People Vs. Democracy

November 8th, 2018

32:14

Yascha Mounk talks with Kate & Luigi about his new book "The People Vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It." Recorded in …

Brazil on the Brink

October 25th, 2018

32:30

Populism strikes again as the world's 4th largest democracy is set to elect controversial right-wing politician Jair Bolsonaro as its next leader. …

Ten Years Later Pt 3: The Next Crisis

October 11th, 2018

34:25

In our third and final episode on the 2008 financial crisis, Kate & Luigi look at recent volatility in the markets and try to predict the cause …

Live taping of Capitalisn't in Chicago on October 8th

October 3rd, 2018

0:30

Join us for a live taping of Capitalisn't on October 8 at the Union League Club in Chicago! Author Yascha Mounk will discuss his latest book, The People vs. Democracy, with co-hosts Luigi Zingales and Kate Waldock. …

Ten Years Later Pt 2: The Aftermath

September 27th, 2018

32:00

The second in a 3-part series on the 2008 financial crisis. In the weeks after the crash Luigi remembers petitioning the government for a better bank bailout. Looking back, he and Kate review everything from TARP to …

Ten Years Later Pt 1: The Build-Up

September 13th, 2018

44:06

The first in a 3-part series on the 2008 financial crisis. Kate tells Luigi about being an intern at Lehman Brothers when it collapsed and then we …

Sex, Power and the Ivory Tower

August 31st, 2018

29:34

Economists experience their first major #MeToo moment. Kate and Luigi explore the larger implications of a recent case involving a Columbia …

Antitrust Pt 3: The Europeans

August 16th, 2018

32:52

Our third and final episode on antitrust law looks at the E.U.'s recent $5 billion fine against Google. Kate and Luigi hear about double-sided …

Antitrust Pt 2: The Populists

August 2nd, 2018

29:34

The second in a special 3-part series on antitrust law. Kate and Luigi talk with Lina Khan, author of the article “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox,” and a member of the New Brandeis Movement, which believes that antitrust …

Antitrust Pt 1: The Establishment

July 19th, 2018

28:24

The first in a special 3-part series on antitrust law. In the wake of the approved merger between giants AT&T and Time Warner, Kate and Luigi …

The Reluctant Central Banker

July 5th, 2018

30:11

Do central bankers have too much power? Paul Tucker, a former official at the Bank of England during the 2008 financial crisis and author of the new …

Abdomenable Transactions

June 21st, 2018

29:57

Should a kidney be sold to the highest bidder? Luigi and Kate debate Nobel-winning economist Al Roth whose algorithm for kidney transplants has saved …

All Roads Lead to Rome

June 7th, 2018

27:49

Why was Steve Bannon in Rome last week? Luigi and Kate look at the recent formation of Italy's populist government and analyze Bannon's attempt to …

Two Billion 'Truman Shows'

May 24th, 2018

28:15

Tristan Harris, a former design ethicist at Google and “the closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience,” warns Kate & Luigi about targeted digital advertising that creates individual, orchestrated experiences …

Opinions for Sale

May 10th, 2018

32:09

As ad revenue continues to decline more and more news organizations are turning to paid and sponsored content. Luigi and Kate revisit the decades-old …

Mo Crypto Mo Problems

April 26th, 2018

29:26

In the brave new world of cryptocurrency the latest frenzy involves Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), which make Bitcoin look tame by comparison. Luigi …

Worse Than Brexit

April 12th, 2018

30:42

‘Quitaly.’ ‘Italeave.’ Whatever you call it, Italy’s recent election results are stoking fears that the once staunch supporter of the EU may be the …

Regulating Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction

March 29th, 2018

31:44

10 years after dark pools of derivatives contributed to the Great Recession, former Commodity Futures Trading Commissioner Sharon Bowen tells Kate …

A Firm Grip on the Labor Market

March 15th, 2018

29:12

The U.S. economy may be booming, but despite a recent uptick wage growth remains stubbornly flat. Kate & Luigi examine the effect of monopsonies in the labor market among concentrated industries like Big Tech. Are …

O. Contin Pusher, M.D.

March 1st, 2018

28:38

Are doctors and pharmaceutical companies to blame for the opioid epidemic? Kate & Luigi look at the role of supply and demand in fueling the …

The Moral Case Against the MBA

February 15th, 2018

26:47

Are elite MBA programs producing morally bankrupt administrators? Duff McDonald, author of “The Golden Passport,” tries to convince Luigi & Kate …

Capital Isn't in the 21st Century

February 1st, 2018

30:21

Five years after Thomas Piketty’s surprise bestseller captured the zeitgeist of an anxious age, Kate and Luigi revisit the book to see how it holds …

Strange Fedfellows

January 18th, 2018

27:46

It’s been 6 years since a member of the Federal Reserve improperly leaked information to an analyst. Kate & Luigi wonder what's really changed. Is the Fed still too cozy with big banks, the media and others with a …

College: What is it Good For?

January 4th, 2018

27:15

As college enrollment goes up, social mobility continues its 50-year decline. Luigi and Kate look for answers in the latest research on the role of …

Mutual Understanding: Is Your 401k Working Against You?

January 4th, 2018

26:19

Luigi shops for an airline ticket and ponders how our retirement investments might be hurting our wallets. New research suggests that giant mutual funds with large stakes in the companies of one industry can lead to …

Obama Wanted a Corporate Tax Cut Too

January 4th, 2018

29:33

The new U.S. tax reform bill includes a dramatic reduction in the corporate tax rate. Is this a hand-out to the rich or a necessary measure to spur the U.S. economy in the face of global competition? Luigi and Kate …

Hail to the Chief of Facebook

January 4th, 2018

27:21

Not long ago Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hinted at a run for political office. Luigi and Kate debate whether a President Zuckerberg would give the …

Capitalisn't Trailer

December 17th, 2017

2:02

Luigi and Kate deliberate over the topics that will be discussed on Capitalisn't -- they range from market power to Italian history. Visit us at www.capitalisnt.com to learn more.

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