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The Pie: An Economics Podcast

Join BFI for an extra slice of The Pie, our expanded podcast series drawn from presentations and conversations with UChicago scholars on cutting edge research and key events of the day.

An Extra Slice of The Pie

Podcast episode Aug 5, 2021

Nudge: The Final Edition Book Talk with Richard Thaler

How can a small nudge make a big impact? Since publishing the first edition of Nudge more than 10 years ago, Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler have changed the...

The Pie

Podcast episode Jul 1, 2021

Economics of Courage

Economists and policymakers alike rely on the “value of a statistical life” to make important trade-offs. What are the merits of such a calculation? Can it be improved? Economists...
Podcast episode Jun 16, 2021

Vaccine Lotteries: Worth a Shot?

More than a dozen states have announced large lotteries to incentivize vaccinations. On this episode, Steve Levitt and Jeff Severts examine the economics and likely outcomes of the policy...
Podcast episode Jun 3, 2021

Pay Now or Pay Later

With the rise in federal spending over the last several years, there are questions on how the US will pay those bills. Chicago Booth economists Austan Goolsbee and Eric...
Podcast episode May 19, 2021

College Sports: Show Me The Money

Division I schools make billions off athletic programs, with close to two-thirds coming from men’s basketball and football alone. Economist Matt Notowidigdo has calculated that due to NCAA restrictions,...
Podcast episode May 6, 2021

Discrimination is Expensive

Preventing people from entering careers where they could maximize their potential places massive costs on society, and economists can measure the real impact. Chang-Tai Hsieh and Erik Hurst have...
Podcast episode Apr 22, 2021

Are Carbon Offsets Bogus?

Some of the world’s largest companies (and biggest emitters of CO2) boast big investments in carbon offset programs to reduce their reported carbon footprint. Do these programs work? If...
Podcast episode Apr 7, 2021

WFH … Forever?

The pandemic forced many Americans into a mass social experiment: working from home (WFH). Now, economists like Steve Davis are measuring the immediate and long-term impact of this massive...
Podcast episode Mar 25, 2021

Incentives and the Race to Vaccinat‪e‬

With COVID-19 variants proliferating, administering vaccines as quickly as possible is a key policy priority. How can we ensure every level of the healthcare system pulls out all the...
Podcast episode Mar 12, 2021

Is the Future Cashless‪?‬

When COVID lockdowns started a year ago, the use of cash plummeted. But the pandemic only accelerated a trend already underway. As we begin to emerge from global pandemic,...
Podcast episode Feb 25, 2021

The Surprising Results of Pandemic Unemployment Benefit‪s‬

In March 2020, the CARES Act expanded who was eligible for unemployment benefits, how much they could collect and for how long. Economists are now finding patterns in job...
Podcast episode Feb 11, 2021

When Good Debt Goes Bad

Nationally, student loan debt is at crisis level. The share of students behind on loan payments equals the share of homeowners in default at the peak of the housing crisis....
Podcast episode Jan 28, 2021

Shots on Goal: How to Jumpstart the Economy

Which economic policies must be prioritized now to get the best returns in the future? This week, The Pie is breaking out the crystal ball. Austan Goolsbee and Randall...
Podcast episode Jan 13, 2021

The Big Tech Threat?

The expanding market influence of tech companies has sparked new fear of an old economic problem – monopoly power. In this episode, Eric Posner and Chad Syverson discuss whether...
Podcast episode Dec 31, 2020

The Pandemic Recession’s Gender Gap

Women suffered significantly in the early months of the current recession, raising important questions about the gender effects of this pandemic-fueled downturn. Yana Gallen and Heather Sarsons share research...
Podcast episode Dec 17, 2020

A Vaccine for Billions

The economic benefits of ending the COVID-19 pandemic even one day earlier are enormous. Michael Kremer and Canice Prendergast describe the urgency of vaccine delivery, the promise of production...
Podcast episode Dec 3, 2020

Pre-existing Confusion: The US Health Insurance System

The American health insurance system is complex, politically divisive, in need of reform, and facing a historic pandemic crisis. Economists Katherine Baicker and Matt Notowidigdo expose healthcare’s most urgent...
Podcast episode Nov 29, 2020

Trailer: Introducing The Pie

Economists are always talking about The Pie – how it grows and shrinks, how it’s sliced, and who gets the biggest shares. Join hosts Eduardo Porter and Tess Vigeland...