Economics & Beyond with Rob Johnson
Revealing the Hidden Forces Behind Investment Decisions

Revealing the Hidden Forces Behind Investment Decisions

June 28, 2021

Jim Nadler, CEO of the Kroll Bond Rating Agency, discusses the profound influence that bond ratings have on shaping social and economic outcomes, how they can contribute to environmental and social responsibility, and why a new approach to bond ratings is urgently necessary.

Framers: Human Advantage in an Age of Technology and Turmoil

Framers: Human Advantage in an Age of Technology and Turmoil

June 24, 2021

Kenneth Cukier, senior editor at The Economist and co-author of the book Framers, talks about how mental models, or frames, enable humanity to find the best way through a forest of looming problems.

Digital Transformation, Opportunity and Social Sustainability

Digital Transformation, Opportunity and Social Sustainability

June 21, 2021

INET at the Trento Economics Festival 3: A dialogue between Michael Spence and Robert Johnson

The governance of technology is a new challenge. The Recovery Plans is encouraging the digital transformation of our economies. An acceleration of technological change is bound to deeply affect labor markets and income distribution. While labor-market adaptation is likely to stave off permanent high unemployment, it cannot be counted on to prevent a sharp rise in inequality.

Nobody is Safe if Someone is Unsafe

Nobody is Safe if Someone is Unsafe

June 18, 2021

INET at the Trento Economics Festival 2: A dialogue between Jayati Ghosh, Rohinton Medhora, Joseph E. Stiglitz, coordinated by Robert Johnson

The world won’t emerge from the pandemic until the pandemic is controlled everywhere, and this is a special concern because of the new mutations that are likely to arise where the disease is running its course. So too, the world won’t have a robust economic recovery until at least most of the world is on the course to prosperity. Global growth is far more muted now than then, and inward-looking policies in some of the nations where growth has been restored have resulted in an increase in their trade surplus, attenuating the global impact of their recovery.

Fanta Traore: Sadie Alexander Received her Ph.D. in Economics 100 Years Ago

Fanta Traore: Sadie Alexander Received her Ph.D. in Economics 100 Years Ago

June 17, 2021
Fanta Traore, the CEO of the Sadie Collective, in an ode to Alexander’s legacy, is leading the next generation of Black women economists in the pursuit of social change
INET at the Trento Economics Festival: Values: Building a Better World for All

INET at the Trento Economics Festival: Values: Building a Better World for All

June 16, 2021

INET at the Trento Economics Festival 1: A dialogue between Mark Carney and William Janeway, coordinated by Robert Johnson

Our world is full of fault lines—growing inequality in income and opportunity; systemic racism; health and economic crises from a global pandemic; mistrust of experts; the existential threat of climate change; deep threats to employment in a digital economy with robotics on the rise. These fundamental problems and others like them stem from a common crisis in values.

A Society Designed to Incentivize Criminal Behavior at the Highest Level

A Society Designed to Incentivize Criminal Behavior at the Highest Level

June 14, 2021

Matt Stoller, Director of Research at the American Economic Liberties Project and author of Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy, talks about the many ways in which the US economic system has become rigged to favor the richest.

Rana Foroohar: New Ground Rules for Digital Markets

Rana Foroohar: New Ground Rules for Digital Markets

June 10, 2021

FT columnist and associate editor Rana Foroohar discusses how the disruptions and excessive complexity of digital markets are benefitting the powerful and why we need clear new values and ground rules for these markets as we enter the post-pandemic landscape.

The Power of Desire in Everyday Life: Wanting and Social Change

The Power of Desire in Everyday Life: Wanting and Social Change

June 7, 2021

Luke Burgis, the author of the just-released book "Wanting," talks about his book, how we come to desire what we desire, and how we can transform desire so as to make the world a better place.

Tim Jackson: Life After Capitalism

Tim Jackson: Life After Capitalism

June 3, 2021

Rob Johnson talks with Tim Jackson about his new book, "Post Growth: Life after Capitalism," and how we might break free of the cycle of restrictive thinking which has plagued economics, and the world.

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