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The Pie: An Economics Podcast

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 as they talk with leading economists from the University of Chicago and other experts about the most pressing matters of today. Hear how the economic pie is at the heart of issues like COVID-19 vaccine development, gender dynamics in the workplace, energy policy, jobs, and more.

Latest Episodes

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...