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Political Economy Forum

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The Political Economy Forum of the University of Washington discusses cutting-edge academic research in the area of Political Economy.

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#88 - Venture Capital Investment in Green Tech - w/ Nick de la Forge

January 30th, 2023


In this episode, Nick De La Forge describes the approach and practice of German Venture Fund Planet A Ventures, of which Nick is a co-founder.

#87 - Is Technology Value-Neutral? - w/ Boaz Miller

January 9th, 2023


In this episode, Boaz Miller of Zefat Academic College discusses to what extent technologies have values embedded in them and what political insights …

#86 - How Social Scientists Reshaped US Foreign Policy-Making - w/ Daniel Bessner

October 24th, 2022


In this episode, Prof. Daniel Bessner of the University of Washington discusses his 2018 book "Democracy in Exile", describing the crucial impact …

#85 - The Diploma Divide - w/ Joan Williams

October 10th, 2022


In this episode, Prof. Joan Williams of the University of California, Hastings, speaks about her new initiative: The Diploma Divide, arguing that Americans must grapple with the realities of economic class differences …

#83 - How much longer can the US Dollar stay on top? - w/ Herman Mark Schwartz

August 22nd, 2022


In this episode, Herman Mark Schwartz of the University of Virginia discusses why the US Dollar has remained the central world currency despite the …

#82 - Labor Unions and Corporate Revolutions - w/ Bella Wright, Asher Goldstein, and Weston Beckmann

August 3rd, 2022


In this episode, UW undergraduate students Bella Wright, Asher Goldstein, and Weston Beckmann speak to host Nicolas Wittstock about the current state …

#81 - Finance and Clean Energy - w/ Brett Christophers

June 30th, 2022


In this episode, Prof. Brett Christophers of Uppsala University speaks to host Nicolas Wittstock about the difficulties of obtaining financing for …

#80 - Human Trafficking in the US - w/ Rachel Castellano and Ryan Goehrung

June 23rd, 2022


In this episode, host Nicolas Wittstock speaks to Rachel Castellano and Ryan Goehrung, both PhD Candidates in the Political Science Dept. at the …

#79 - Why We Fight - w/ Chris Blattman

May 16th, 2022


In this episode, Morgan Wack speaks to Prof. Chris Blattman of the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, discussing the roots …

#78 - The Franchise Economy - w/ Mark Schwartz

May 9th, 2022


In this episode, Prof. Mark Schwartz of UVA discusses the cause of reductions in US economic growth since 1970, arguing that industrial organization …

#77 - Silicon Valley and the Origins of US Big Tech - w/ Margaret O'Mara

May 2nd, 2022


In this episode, Prof. Margaret O'Mara of the University of Washington discusses the origins and workings of the US Tech industry - in reference to her 2019 book: The Code - Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America

#75 - US Income Inequality Reconsidered - w/ Vincent Geloso

March 28th, 2022


In this episode, Prof. Vincent Geloso of George Mason University discusses historical US income inequality, the "U-Curve", and whether our thinking …

#74 - The Promise of Access - w/ Daniel Greene

March 11th, 2022


In this Episode, Prof. Daniel Greene of the University of Maryland speaks about his book "The Promise of Access", which evaluates the attraction of …

#73 - The Profit Paradox - w/ Jan Eeckhout

March 2nd, 2022


In this episode, Prof. Jan Eeckhout of the University of Barcelona Pompeu Fabra, speaks about his most recent book: "The Profit Paradox - How Thriving Firms Threaten the Future of Work.

#71 - The Politics of Automation - w/ Daron Acemoglu

January 12th, 2022


In this episode, Prof. Daron Acemoglu of MIT speaks to Nicolas Wittstock about recent research on automation and US labor markets. 

#69 - Should the West continue to promote democracy? - w/ Herrold and Prakash

December 21st, 2021


In this episode, Prof. Catherine Herrold of Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs and Prof. Aseem Prakash of the …

#68 - The Promise of the Fourth Industrial Revolution - w/ Victor Menaldo

December 13th, 2021


In this episode, Prof. Victor Menaldo speaks to Nicolas Wittstock and argues that the Fourth Industrial Revolution will create a jobs boom rather …

#66 - Tech Platforms and how to govern them - w/ Blayne Haggart

November 29th, 2021


In this episode, Prof. Blayne Haggart of Brock University speaks to Nicolas Wittstock about how to regulate platforms. 

#65 - Economism and Bad Economics - w/ James Kwak

November 22nd, 2021


In this episode, Prof. James Kwak of UConn School of Law speaks to Nicolas Wittstock about the impact of overly simple economic models on policy …

#64 - Drugs in Third Reich Germany - w/ Norman Ohler

November 15th, 2021


In this episode, Norman Ohler speaks to Nicolas Wittstock about "Blitzed - Drugs in Nazi Germany", Norman's work on the invention, use, and impact of …

#62 - The Evergrande Crisis and Property Rights in China - w/ Susan Whiting

November 1st, 2021


In this episode, Prof. Susan Whiting of the University of Washington speaks to Nicolas Wittstock about the crisis of Chinese real estate developer …

#61 - The Political Economy of Gifting - w/ Tony Gill

October 25th, 2021


In this episode, Prof. Tony Gill of the University of Washington speaks to Nicolas Wittstock about gifting. While some have suggested that gifting is …

#60 - Return of the Pragmatic Center after Germany's 2021 Federal Election - w/ Niko Switek

October 20th, 2021


In this episode, returning podcast guest Niko Switek - former DAAD Visiting Professor in the Henry M. Jackson School and Department of Political …

#59 - Free Enterprise: From New Deal Opposition to Proclaimed Common Sense - w/ Lawrence Glickman

October 4th, 2021


Prof. Lawrence Glickman of Cornell University speaks to Nicolas Wittstock about the history and impact of the idea of "Free Enterprise" on American …

#58 – The State of the Clean Energy Transition – w/ Bruce Usher

September 20th, 2021


Prof. Bruce Usher of Columbia Business School speaks to Nicolas Wittstock about the current state of the transition towards renewable energy and the …

#56 - China's War on Big Tech in 2021 - w/ Rogier Creemers

September 6th, 2021


Rogier Creemers of Leiden University joins Nicolas Wittstock to discuss the recent efforts by Chinese policymakers to regulate its digital technology …

#54 - Privacy is Power - w/ Carissa Véliz

August 23rd, 2021


Carissa Véliz - Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of Oxford - discusses her 2020 book - "Privacy is Power" with Nicolas Wittstock

#53 - Development, Inequality, and Corruption in Latin America - w/ Leticia Abad

August 16th, 2021


Prof. Leticia Arroyo Abad of CUNY Queens College speaks to Forum Fellow Nicolas Wittstock about political and economic development in Latin America …

#52 - Property rights and corruption in feudal England - w/ Sean Bottomley

August 9th, 2021


Senior Fellow Sean Bottomley of Northumbria University speaks to Nicolas Wittstock about the Court of Wards - a medieval legal institution in …

#51 - Education systems and technological change - w/ Marius Busemeyer

August 2nd, 2021


Prof. Marius Busemeyer of Konstanz University speaks to Nicolas Wittstock about education and vocational training systems. To invest in and improve …

#48 - Has Big Tech oversold its productivity? - w/ Victor Menaldo

July 12th, 2021


In this episode, Victor Menaldo speaks to Nicolas Wittstock about his forthcoming book on productivity within the US technology sector. Robert Solow …

#46 - The Meritocracy Trap - w/ Daniel Markovits

June 28th, 2021


In this episode, Prof. Daniel Markovits of Yale Law School speaks to Nicolas Wittstock about the US labor market, education system, and economic …

#45 - The Geography of Innovation in the US - w/ Enrico Moretti

June 21st, 2021


In this episode, Prof. Enrico Moretti of the University of California, Berkely speaks to Nicolas Wittstock about the economic geography of the United …

#44 - Innovation to Combat Climate Change - w/ Ralf Martin

June 14th, 2021


In this episode, Dr. Ralf Martin of Imperial College London speaks to Nicolas Wittstock about two recent papers that Martin co-authored. The …

#43 - The Digitization of State Repression - w/ Steven Feldstein

June 7th, 2021


In this episode, Senior Fellow Steven Feldstein of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in the Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program …

#42 - Improving Democracy through Debate - w/ Mark Alan Smith

May 31st, 2021


In this episode, Professor Mark Alan Smith of the University of Washington speaks to Forum Fellows Morgan Wack and Nicolas Wittstock about reforming …

#41 - Anger, Populism, and Modern Economics - w/ Mark Blyth

May 24th, 2021


In this episode, Dr. Mark Blyth of Brown University discusses his most recent book, Angrynomics, with Forum Affiliate Morgan Wack. In just under an …

#40 - Political Economy of Cancel Culture - w/ Victor Menaldo

May 17th, 2021


Victor Menaldo speaks to Nicolas Wittstock about a political economy approach to explaining the phenomenon of cancel culture.

#39 - Radical Markets for Radical Democracy - w/ Glen Weyl

May 10th, 2021


Glen Weyl speaks to Forum Fellow Nicolas Wittstock about his work with RadicalXchange and the reform agenda they propose. In his 2018 book with Eric …

#38 - Democratic Backsliding in American States - w/ Jake Grumbach

May 5th, 2021


Jake Grumbach, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington joins Forum Fellows Morgan Wack and Nicolas Wittstock to …

#37 - Can Taxes Improve Politics? - w/ Jonathan Weigel

April 26th, 2021


In this episode, Jonathan Weigel discusses his work with DRC officials to improve tax collection efforts and the political participation of local …

#36 - State v. the Internet? - w/ Natasha Tusikov

April 19th, 2021


In this episode, Natasha Tusikov discusses the co-edited volume "Power and Authority in Internet Governance: Return of the State?" with Forum fellow

#35 - Invention, Innovation, and the British Industrial Revolution - w/ Anton Howes

April 12th, 2021


In this episode, Anton Howes - head of innovation research at The Entrepreneurs Network, discusses the history of invention in Britain with host

#32 - Selling your Soul or Hedging? What are Income Pools?

March 26th, 2021


Selling your soul or sharing risk and gain access to productive networks? Income share agreements are controversial but may offer an opportunity to …

#30 - How Dictators (ab)use Democratic Institutions - w/ Anne Meng

March 15th, 2021


Anne Meng - Assistant Prof. of Political Science at University of Virginia and Forum host Nicolas Wittstock discuss how dictators use seemingly …

#29 - Special Townhall Discussion *Crossover with Neither Free Nor Fair?*

March 5th, 2021


In this special, crossover episode with the Neither Free Nor Fair?, Professors Long and Menaldo are having an open, live discussion with Forum …

#28 - Automatic Voter Registration to the rescue? - w/ Ellen Seljan

March 2nd, 2021


Professor Ellen Seljan from Lewis & Clark speaks to Forum Fellow Nicolas Wittstock on her recent work on the effects of automatic voter …

#26 - Far-Right and Far-Left in Europe - w/ Niko Switek

February 16th, 2021


Niko Switek, the DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor for German Studies at the Henry M. Jackson  School for International Studies and the Department of …

#25 - Prison Gangs and Governance - w/ David Skarbek

February 8th, 2021


In this episode, Forum affiliate Megan Erickson speaks to David Skarbek of Brown University about his research on prison gangs and how prison systems …

#24 - Understanding Adam Smith -w/ Glory Liu

February 1st, 2021


Harvard Social Science Fellow Glory Liu speaks to Forum Fellow Nicolas Wittstock about Adam Smith's reception in the United States. 

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#22 - Economic Perceptions and Policy Preferences - w/ Asli Cansunar

January 25th, 2021


Assistant Professor Asli Cansunar and Morgan Wack discuss how perceptions can shape policy preferences. They also touch on the influence social media …

#21 - Free Speech on Social Media - w/ Roddy Lindsay

January 18th, 2021


Prof. Victor Menaldo and Nicolas Wittstock host Roddy Lindsay, CEO of Hustle and opinion columnist at The Information, to discuss the implications of

Long and Menaldo: Insurrection, Sedition, Coup -- oh my! *Special Cross-over episode*

January 7th, 2021


Prof. Victor Menaldo of UW Political Economy Forum discusses with James whether the mob that attacked the Capitol is a coup attempt, insurrection, or …

Mark Alan Smith: Can Science Resolve Political Debates?

January 3rd, 2021


Professor Mark Alan Smith and Forum Fellow Nicolas Wittstock debate to what extent the results of scientific inquiry can inform public policy and …

Magistro and Menaldo: Populist Economic Policy

December 21st, 2020


PhD Candidate Beatrice Magistro and Professor Victor Menaldo make the case that all populist leaders pursue similar economic policy - regardless of …

Dennis Young: Immigrant Detention Centers

December 14th, 2020


Dennis Young, PhD student in Political Science at the UW,  presents his research on Immigration Detention Centers in the US. 

Will Gochberg: Land Rights in Uganda

December 7th, 2020


Will Gochberg, Postdoctoral Research Associate at Washington University in St. Louis speaks to Morgan about his dissertation project on

#15 - Big Tech and Antitrust Policy - w/ Victor Menaldo

November 30th, 2020


In this episode, Professor Victor Menaldo and Nicolas Wittstock explore the facts, logic, and evidence behind the consumer welfare approach to …

Heath on International Scrutiny and Working Conditions in Manufacturing

November 23rd, 2020


UW Economics Professor and Forum Co-Founder Rachel Heath joins Forum Fellow Morgan Wack to discuss her paper on the effects of international scrutiny …

Long and Menaldo on Coups and Contested Elections in the US

November 14th, 2020


Victor Menaldo and James Long of Political Economy Forum discuss why a coup is unlikely in the US, the anxieties & realities of political …

#11 - Politician Performance Transparency - w/ Guy Grossman

November 7th, 2020


Forum Fellow Morgan Wack hosts Guy Grossman, Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, founder and director of U Penn’s …

#10 - Economic Literacy - w/ Beatrice Magistro

October 30th, 2020


In this episode,  Nicolas Wittstock hosts  PhD Candidate Beatrice Magistro. They discuss Beatrice’s dissertation on the relationship between …

#7 - Liberalism, Academic Freedom, and Science - w/ Menaldo and Wittstock

October 12th, 2020


This episode is a conversation between Professor Victor Menaldo, Jesse – a friend of the forum who works for a Big Tech company – and Nicolas …

Neither Free Nor Fair? - *New Podcast on Election Security*

September 26th, 2020


In this new podcast series, “Neither Free Nor Fair?” we will try to make sense of the evolving threats to election security and democracy in the US …

#4 - The End of Capitalism? - w/ Victor Menaldo

September 23rd, 2020


In this episode, Professor Victor Menaldo and Nicolas Wittstock discuss Capitalisms historical trajectory and the pathbreaking economic expansion of …

#3 - On Science and Evidence-Based Policymaking

September 14th, 2020


In this episode, the founders and organizers of the UW Political Economy Forum discuss the importance of the scientific method to improve how …

#2 - Is Cancel Culture Threatening Free Speech?

September 2nd, 2020


“If we don’t try to solve the fundamental problem behind the speech that we dislike and work only to mitigate the symptom — by censoring it — we …

#1 - What is Political Economy? - w/ Heath, Long, and Menaldo

September 2nd, 2020


In this episode, University of Washington Professors Rachel Heath, James Long, and Victor Menaldo discuss what Political Economy is and what it has …

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