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EPISODE 15 — EU Regulations and the Financial Crisis in Greece

Dr. John Charalambakis and Prof. Enrico Colombatto

Featuring Enrico Colombatto, Professor of Economics at the University of Turin and Director of the International Centre for Economic Research, with John Charalambakis, Managing Director of BlackSummit Financial Group and Former Professor of Economics and Finance at the University of Kentucky, and Scott Beaulier, Executive Director of the Center for Economic Liberty at Arizona State University.

Prof. Powell speaks with Dr. Colombatto about EU regulations and the economy. Then, Dr. Charalambakis shares some lessons learned form the financial crisis in Greece. In the second half of the episode, Prof. Powell discusses economic development in Africa with Dr. Beaulier.

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EPISODE 14 — Youth Unemployment and Water Markets in the American West

Dr. Scott Beaulier and Dr. Ryan Williams

Featuring Scott Beaulier, Executive Director of the Center for Economic Liberty at Arizona State University, and Ryan Williams, Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Texas Tech University.

Prof. Powell speaks with Dr. Beaulier about labor markets and youth unemployment within the millennial generation. Then, he discusses water markets in the American West with Dr. Williams.

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EPISODE 13 — Economic Systems of The Soviet Union and The Apartheid System in South Africa

Prof. Peter Boettke and Prof. Peter Lewin

Featuring Peter Boettke, University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University, and Peter Lewin, Clinical Professor of Managerial Economics at University of Texas at Dallas.

Prof. Powell speaks with Prof. Boettke about the economic systems of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Block countries. Then, he discusses the economics of the apartheid system in South Africa with Prof. Lewin.

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EPISODE 12 — Prosecutor Incentives and Private Governance

Dr. Bryan McCannon and Dr. Edward Stringham

Featuring Bryan McCannon, Associate Professor of Economics at Saint Bonaventure University, and Edward Stringham, Economics and Entrepreneurship Research Fellow with the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University.

Prof. Powell speaks with Dr. McCannon about the incentives that participants in the legal system, particularly prosecutors, confront and their impact on the system's performance. Then, he and Dr. Stringham address the structure and performance of institutional arrangements that provide protection of property rights and enforcement of contracts without the state.

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EPISODE 11 — Economies and Social Change

Prof. Edward J. Lopez and Mr. Matt Kibbe

Featuring Edward Lopez, Professor of Economics and BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism at Western Carolina University, and Matt Kibbe, author of Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto.

Prof. Powell speaks with Prof. Lopez about the economics of social and political change. Then, he discusses grassroots political change with Mr. Kibbe.

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EPISODE 10 — The Economic Effects of the Affordable Care Act

Prof. Robert A. Lawson and Dr. Gilbert Berdine, M.D.

Featuring Robert Lawson, Jerome M. Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom at the O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at Southern Methodist University, and Gilbert Berdine, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Prof. Powell speaks with Prof. Lawson and Dr. Berdine about the economic effects of the Affordable Care Act. Comments from the featured guests focus on the broad economic impact of the legislation and the effects that it has had on the decision making among consumers and medical practitioners.

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EPISODE 09 — Intellectual Property in the Fashion Industry and Disaster Recovery

Dr. Edward J. Lopez and Dr. Daniel S. Sutter

Featuring Edward Lopez, Professor of Economics and BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism at Western Carolina University, and Daniel Sutter, Charles G. Koch Professor of Economics at Troy University.

Prof. Powell speaks with Prof. Lopez about how free markets in fashion design operate without extensive intellectual property protection. Then, he discusses the topic of economic recovery after tornado strikes with Prof. Sutter.

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EPISODE 08 — Democracy, Dictatorship and Economic Efficiency

Dr. Bryan Caplan and Dr. Nicholas Cachanosky

Featuring Bryan Caplan, Professor of Economics at George Mason University, and Nicolas Cachanosky, Assistant Professor of Economics at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Prof. Powell speaks with Prof. Caplan about how democratic processes often produce public policies that are inefficient from an economic point of view. Then, he and Dr. Cachanosky discuss the economic history of Argentina, and how different governance institutions have created different outcomes in countries throughout South America and Latin America.

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EPISODE 07 — The Economic Effects of Immigration

Dr. Alex Nowrasteh and Dr. Stephen H. Balch

Featuring Alex Nowrasteh, Immigration Policy Analyst with the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity at Cato Institute, and Stephen Balch, Director of the Institute for the Study of Western Civilization at Texas Tech University.

Prof. Powell speaks with Mr. Nowrasteh about the economic effects of immigration in the United States, particularly the fiscal impact of increased immigration in both the short run and the long run. Then, he and Dr. Balch discuss immigration's impact on the economic and political institutions of the west and the legacy of western civilization.

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EPISODE 06 — Stagnation in the Japanese Economy and Shadow Economies

Prof. Dennis Patterson and Dr. Kathleen M. Sheehan

Featuring Dennis Patterson, Professor of Political Science at Texas Tech University, and Kathleen Sheehan, Post-Doctoral Research Associate with the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University.

Prof. Powell speaks with Prof. Patterson about the rise, fall and stagnation of the Japanese economy during the second half of the 20th century and the early part of the 21st century. Then, he discusses the economic impact of shadow economies in the developing world with Dr. Sheehan.

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EPISODE 05 — WalMart, Insider Trading and Economic Efficiency

Prof. Richard K. Vedder and Dr. Alexandre Padilla

Featuring Richard Vedder, Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor of Economics at Ohio University, and Alexandre Padilla, Associate Professor of Economics at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Prof. Powell speaks with Prof. Vedder about the economic impact of WalMart for low-income workers, on employment opportunities and on local economies more generally. Then, he discusses the subject of insider trading and possibility that the use of inside information can help markets to function better with Dr. Padilla.

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EPISODE 04 — Global Poverty, Sweatshops and Economic Development

Dr. Adam Martin and Prof. Benjamin Powell

Featuring Adam Martin, Political Economy Research Fellow with the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University, and Benjamin Powell, Director of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University.

Prof. Powell speaks with Dr. Martin about global economic development and the Gates Foundation's three myths on global poverty and development. Then, David Perlmutter, Dean of the College of Media and Communication at Texas Tech University, interviews Prof. Powell about his research examining the position and role of sweatshop labor in the process of economic development.

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EPISODE 03 — Political Capitalism: The Fall of Enron, Housing Bubbles and the Great Recession

Dr. Robert Bradley and Prof. Vernon Smith

Featuring Robert Bradley, Jr., Founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research, and Vernon Smith, George L. Argyros Chair in Economics and Finance at Chapman University.

Prof. Powell speaks with Dr. Bradley about the perverse incentives created by complex tax and regulatory systems and how such systems influenced Enron's business strategy. Then, he discusses the role of government policy in creating and sustaining the housing bubble that precipitated the Great Recession with Prof. Smith.

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EPISODE 02 — A Market for Human Kidneys?

Dr. James Stacey Taylor and Dr. Gilbert Berdine

Featuring James Stacey Taylor, Associate Professor of Philosophy at The College of New Jersey, and Gilbert Berdine, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Prof. Powell speaks with Dr. Taylor and Dr. Berdine about the ethics and economics of the kidney transplant shortage in the United States and around the world, as well as the practical implications of implementing market principles to address the problem.

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EPISODE 01 — Economic Freedom, Technology and Innovation

Prof. Robert Lawson and Mr. Jeffrey Tucker

Featuring Robert Lawson, Jerome M. Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom at the O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at Southern Methodist University, and Jeffrey Tucker, Founder and CEO at Liberty.me.

Prof. Powell speaks with Prof. Lawson about economic freedom around the world. Then, he discusses how technology can help maintain and expand economic freedom with Mr. Tucker.

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