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Top Economics Podcasts

written by Anastasia Sharova

Of all available internet resources in economics, podcasts often remain the most overlooked. Yet it’s a great way not only to enrich your knowledge, but also to look at an already familiar matter from a different perspective. Normally, podcasts are issued in the style of lectures, talks, interviews or just short commentaries, and cover either current economic issues or pure academic topics.

Previously we published a list of free online courses from renowned universities that have both open-access lectures and podcasts of public events (like LSE). Below you will find a list of economics podcasts, some of which were mentioned by Tim Harold in his blog last year.

The featured resources are mostly produced by think tanks, research institutes, economics bloggers or media. They represent different schools of economic thought and vary in length and style. 

1. EconTalk is probably the most known economics podcast of all and is a winner of numerous webblogs awads.  A weekly podcast hosted by Russ Roberts “features one-on-one discussions with an eclectic mix of authors, professors, Nobel Laureates, entrepreneurs, leaders of charities and businesses, and people on the street.“

2. NPR Planet Money Podcasts is a twice-weekly podcast on global economy. Describing themselves, NPR say: “We have two rules for ourselves: 1. Everything has to be interesting (and, preferably, fun or funny or poignant or somehow grabby). 2. Everything should be economically smart, but not economically dull.“

3. VoxTalks is a collection of interviews on economic policy issues. It is a part of the policy portal voxEU.org, which was set up by the Centre for Economic Policy Research.

4. Cato Institute Daily Podcast is produced by the Cato Institute, a think tank, and covers hot economics topics from a libertarian perspective. Their website has a large collection of other video and audio recourses which are worth checking out.

5. Demand Side Economics  is a weekly podcast from Alan Harvey, the author of a blog of the same name. It covers current economics issues from a Keynesian prospective.

6. Mises Media has a collection of podcasts and lectures in Economics from the Ludwig von Mises Insitute, “The world center of the Austrian School of economics and libertarian political and social theory“. One of their podcasts, Economics in One Lesson, consists of interviews with leading Austrian Economists.

7. Foundation for Economic Education  has several sets of lectures and interviews on iTunes which provide materials to learn “about liberty, free markets, and economic history“.

8. Development Drums is a podcast for those who want to know more about international development and global poverty. It features interviews and guest talks from experts and professionals involved in development.

9. Global Prosperity Wonkcast is a part of a blog by the Center for Global Development (CGD), a think tank. It features weekly interviews with CGD experts on international development issues.

10. Freakonomics Podcasts – Even though Freakonomis is not about economics as you know it, it definitely provides some interesting food for thought. In the latest episodes “Freakonomics Goes to College” they explored the real value of college degrees and the market for fake diplomas.

11. Infectious Talk is a podcast hosted by the editor of Infectious Greed, a popular finance blog. It contains a collection of interviews and talks on a variety of topics, covering entrepreneurship and investment.

12. Trade and Economics is a podcast from the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Economics, which features experts talking about “a globalized economy and its relationship to security”

13. China Economic Radio features talks on business and economics in mainland China. A podcast is released every several months.

14. Peterson Institute for International Economics offers a number of brief interviews and commentaries on current global economic and political issues.  The Institute also has a separate audio channel for the hosted events.

15. You might also want to check some of the major media podcasts: FT, BBC, Guardian , The Economist and Bloomberg.

If you think that we have missed something interesting, feel free to share it with other readers in the comments!

 

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