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Names, Faces, and Ideas

In these excerpts, Kevin Murphy talks with fellow economists about their approach to economics, introduces their research interests, and sets the tone for delving deeper into how and why this research and its application is exciting and essential.

Discussions in this Series

Discussion Section: Names, Faces, and Ideas

Edward P. Lazear

In this episode, Murphy talks with Edward Lazear, Distinguished Fellow at the Becker Friedman Institute and Morris Arnold and Nona Jean Cox Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, to explore Lazear's history as both a scholar and policymaker, as well as his insights into how the labor market intersects with the rest of the economy.

September 6, 2016

Names, Faces, and Ideas: Discussion Section with Kevin Murphy and Ed Lazear

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Discussion Section: Names, Faces, and Ideas

Casey Mulligan

In this episode, Murphy talks with Casey Mulligan, professor in economics at the University of Chicago. Mulligan examines microeconomic trends, including labor, through a macroeconomic lens, with a particular interest in how policy can inadvertently shape the labor market in unexpected ways.

June 15, 2016

Names, Faces, and Ideas: Discussion Section with Kevin Murphy and Casey Mulligan

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Discussion Section: Names, Faces, and Ideas

Manasi Deshpande

In this episode, Murphy talks with Manasi Deshpande, institute research fellow and assistant professor in economics at the University of Chicago. An expert in the intersection of social insurance policy and labor markets, Deshpande discusses her interest in economics as a framework for thinking through complex social problems, and talks to Murphy about how she hopes work like hers can change the discourse around social welfare programs.

June 15, 2016

Names, Faces, and Ideas: Discussion Section with Kevin Murphy and Manasi Deshpande

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Discussion Section: Names, Faces, and Ideas

Mohammad Akbarpour

In this episode, Murphy and Muhammad Akbarpour, a Becker Friedman Institute Research Fellow, examine the opportunities that surround the development of an international kidney exchange market, the obstacles that inhibit that market from being implemented, and the experience of being an early career scholar at the University of Chicago.

April 6, 2016

Names, Faces, and Ideas: Discussion Section with Kevin Murphy and Mohammad Akbarpour

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Discussion Section: Names, Faces, and Ideas

Chad Syverson

In this episode, Murphy gets concrete with Chad Syverson, the J. Baum Harris Professor of Economics at Chicago Booth, about how his engineering background influences his approach to economics, understanding the drivers of productivity, how it is measured, and what can be gleaned from past growth trends in predicting what may come.

April 6, 2016

Names, Faces, and Ideas: Discussion Section with Kevin Murphy and Chad Syverson

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