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Loose, Vague, and Indeterminate

14 EpisodesProduced by George Mason Economics SocietyWebsite

Loose, Vague, and Indeterminate is the podcast of the Economics Society at George Mason University. The title is a phrase used by Adam Smith in The Theory of Moral Sentiments to describe the set of rules that are not "precise and accurate." Since economics is all about people and the decisions they … read more

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Peter Boettke on History of GMU Economics (Part 2: Economic Boogaloo)

March 6th, 2020


Dr. Boettke finishes his conversation with us from last time.  We discuss the personal bonds between many GMU economics faculty.  We talk about Hayek …

Peter Boettke on History of GMU Economics (Part 1)

February 28th, 2020


Dr. Peter Boettke joins the podcast to talk about the history of GMU economics. He discusses his days as an undergraduate student at Grove City …

Bryan Cutsinger on Monetary Policy and Becoming a Professor

February 21st, 2020


Dr. Bryan Cutsinger, who earned his PhD in economics in 2019 from GMU, joins the podcast.  He's a professor at Angelo State University in Texas, and also works with the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech.  We discuss …

Janelle Cammenga on Tax Policy and Working in D.C.

February 7th, 2020


Our guest this week is Janelle Cammenga, a policy analyst with the Center on State Tax Policy at Tax Foundation.  We discuss some recent publications …

The Rustici Rules Episode

January 31st, 2020


Prof. Thomas Rustici joins the podcast for the first episode of second semester.  There's something for everyone in this episode with the hardest-working man in introductory economics.  We discuss the origin of some of …

Molly Harnish on Internships, Environmental Economics, and Fonts

December 6th, 2019


Our guest is Molly Harnish, Econ Society webmaster emerita.  We discuss internships: what they are and how to get them.  We also discuss two research …

Rosolino Candela on Price Theory

November 22nd, 2019


Mercatus Center Associate Director of Academic and Student Programs Rosolino Candela joins the podcast to talk about price theory. In an …

Andrew Humphries on Teaching Economics

November 15th, 2019


GMU Econ PhD student Andrew Humphries joins the show to talk about his passion for pedagogy.  We discuss Socratic teaching methods, dialogue in the classroom, and the discovery process of knowledge.  Andrew talks about …

Nick McFaden's Post-Presidency Policy Palooza

November 8th, 2019


Last year's president of Econ Society, Nick McFaden, joins the show to discuss what he's up to these days, presidential candidates, taxation, and …

Marcus Shera on New Institutional Economics and the Armenian Genocide

November 1st, 2019


GMU econ student Marcus Shera joins the show to discuss a paper he wrote on the Armenian Genocide.  Inspired by his Armenian heritage, he used the …

Jon Murphy on Teaching Economics, the Nobel Prize, and What Economists Should Do

October 31st, 2019


On Episode 4 of Loose, Vague, and Indeterminate, Rajee Agrawal joins me as cohost to talk to PhD student Jon Murphy. We ask Jon about his experience teaching introductory economics, international economics, and law and …

Jacob Hall on Hume's History of England

October 31st, 2019


Episode 3 of Loose, Vague, and Indeterminate is here! This episode’s guest is first-year Ph.D. student Jacob Hall. We discuss David Hume’s book The …

Hitchhiking and Hazlitt

October 31st, 2019


On the second episode of Loose, Vague, and Indeterminate, I am accompanied in my hosting duties by Econ Society member George Minning as we interview Caleb Petitt.  Caleb is a fellow undergraduate at George Mason …

Daniel Klein on Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments

October 31st, 2019


“Loose, vague, and indeterminate” is a phrase from Adam Smith’s 1759 book, The Theory of Moral Sentiments (TMS). To explain what that phrase means, Prof. Daniel Klein, a Smith expert, is our first guest. We dive into …

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