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The Economics of Housing Prices

The Economics of Housing Prices July 29, 2005, The Motley Fool via NPR 7 Minutes, 17 seconds Over the last year housing prices have increased more than any time in the last 25 years. Why? Low interest rates have stimulated … Continue reading

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Corporate Investment Modest Despite Growth

Corporate Investment Modest Despite Growth July 29, 2005, NPR 2 minutes, 36 seconds Business investment is unusually low compared to current growth in the economy. It’s something to be watchful about since investment is an important component of aggregate demand; … Continue reading

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A Note on the Podcast Reviews

The vast majority of podcasts that I’ve listened to, even good ones for the purpose they were designed for, are not particularly good teaching resources. Therefore, from now on in general I will only report on the ones I find … Continue reading

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The Growing Tear-Down Market

The Growing Tear-Down Market July 14, 2005 NPR 7 minutes 5 seconds Another fascinating, counter-intuitive piece. Excellent for an urban or regional course. It could even be used to prompt an interesting discussion of “what determines value?” in a principles … Continue reading

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Don’t Count on a Real Estate Crash

Don’t Count on a Real Estate Crash July 15, 2005, Commentary by Lou Barnes for NPR 2 minutes 45 seconds. Nice audio snippet for a principles class. It’s counter-intuitive, short and to the point. It could be used as part … Continue reading

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Dr. Jim Hamilton on the State of the Economy and the Price of Oil

Dr. Reese Interviews Dr. Jim Hamilton – UC San Diego and creator of Econbrowser July 8, 2005 Dr. Reese’s Economic Podcast via podcast.net 14 minutes 40 seconds. Analysis of current economic conditions and policy with an emphasis on the price … Continue reading

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Iyo Wahlberg on the Market for Herbal Medicine

Dr. Reese Interviews Ayo Wahlberg – LSE Grad Student June 12, 2005 Dr. Reese’s Economic Podcast via podcast.net 21 Minutes Interesting discussion of the market for herbal medicine, but probably not a great teaching resource. The interview comments on both … Continue reading

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Home Owners Increasingly Betting on Interest-Only Loans

Home Owners Increasingly Betting on Interest-Only Loans July 12, 2005 NPR 3 minutes 48 seconds Thoughtful discussion of the pros and cons of interest-only mortgage loans. Useful for a Money & Banking or Finance class, or even a principles class … Continue reading

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Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science

Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science April 22, 2005, The Motley Fool via NPR 9 Minutes 40 seconds Nice piece. Very understandable. Good as part of discussion of the state of the economy. Begins by defining stagflation with a look … Continue reading

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Characteristics of Good Podcasting?

I’ve listened to about a dozen podcasts now, maybe more, and it strikes me that there are a lot of bad ones out there, maybe not bad per se, but bad for pedagogical purposes. They include: NPR segments, speeches given … Continue reading

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