Tim Hatton on Height and Health in Britain…

[mp3]http://www.econnow.com/wp/wp-content/mp3/080813-TimHatton-EN.mp3[/mp3] Professor Tim Hatton of the Economics Program at the Research School of Social Sciences (ANU) spoke to us about his research on health and height (stature) in turn-of-the-century Britain. What is interesting about his…

Greg Clark on Social Darwinianism and the Industrial…

[mp3]http://www.econnow.com/wp/wp-content/mp3/080808-GregClark-EN.mp3[/mp3] Greg Clark, Professor of Economics at University of California, Davis and author of A Farewell to Alms was recently in Australia to present a seminar on his controversial theory of Social Darwinianism to explain…

I.O.U.S.A.: The Movie

Watch a 30min version of the high-impact documentary that aims to reconfigure the way that government fiscal decisions are made in the US. Will it have an impact? Time will tell. In any case, makes…

The IMF says 1.4% Contraction for Australia in…

Listen online here: [mp3]http://www.econnow.com/wp/wp-content/mp3/IMFGrowthPredictions.mp3[/mp3] Or download the podcast here: download (mp3) It seems to me that the recent discussion and alarm about the world economic recession has somehow got itself unhinged from the basic importance…

Lessons from the GFC for the GEC

[mp3]http://www.econnow.com/wp/wp-content/mp3/GFCandGEC.mp3[/mp3] I was recently prompted by James O'Loghlin (host of Sunday's with James O'Loghlin program on ABC Local radio, Sydney) to think about solutions to both the GFC (Global Financial Crisis) and the GEC (Global…

The other climate debate – Background Briefing –…

[mp3]http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2009/03/bbg_20090308.mp3[/mp3] A superb Background Briefing report investigating the forthcoming Renewable Energy Target (presently, 20% of energy production to be greenhouse gas free by 2020) for Australia. Other countries have a similar target, but will Australia…

Zimbabwe – Left to Die – Foreign Correspondent…

Watch the video here: Watch online now Read the transcript of Andrew Geoghegan's undercover trip to Zimbabwe from ABC's Foreign Correspondent, an excerpt is here: Cholera is a preventable disease, yet there’s an epidemic raging…

Peter Singer on the Ethics of Giving to…

Listen to the podcast of this post here: [mp3]http://www.econnow.com/wp/wp-content/mp3/PeterSingerEthicsOfGivingToTheVeryPoor.mp3[/mp3] Or download it here: download (.mp3) Peter Singer was recently interviewed by Kate O'Toole on Triple J's current affairs program, Hack. In the interview and ensuing…

Terrorism in Pakistan: is this a development issue?

Listen to the podcast of this post here: [mp3]http://www.econnow.com/wp/wp-content/mp3/TerrorismAndPovertyInPakistan.mp3[/mp3] Or download it here: download (.mp3) The recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan against the Sri Lankan cricket team bring back awful memories of the Mumbai bombings,…

Is Aid Killing Africa? – Foreign Correspondent –…

Watch the episode here: Watch online This Foreign Correspondent report brings the work of Dambisa Moyo, a Zambian-born economist who thinks that western Aid is creating long-term dependencies on outside help, stifling internal economic activity…