Economics Podcasts

Podcasts can be a useful way to reinforce and expand your understanding of economics, especially if you have a long commute!  Here are some suggestions of podcasts that are by economists or generally get the economics right.

Podcast by USF Faculty!

  • New Books Network, Economics Channel.  Our own Professor Peter Lorentzen has joined the ranks of the podcasters, interviewing economists and other social science authors about their recently published books.

Podcasts by Academics

  • Capitalisn't Economist Luigi Zingales and journalist Bethany McLean discuss the ways in which capitalism works, and the ways it doesn't.
  • Dollar and Sense From local ports and markets to international trade and diplomacy, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow David Dollar and guests explain how our global trading system is built and its effect on our everyday lives.
  • Econtalk Many different topics, from prominent libertarian economist Russell Roberts.
  • Political Economy Forum The University of Washington Political Economy Forum brings together diverse scholars, policymakers, and citizens interested in liberal democracy, development, and innovation. 
  • Probable Causation Hosted by Professor Jennifer Doleac. Focuses on economic analyses of law and crime, with careful attention to challenges of causal inference with observational data.
  • The Sound of Economics explores Europe's big economic policy debates.
  • Trade Talks Current international economics policy issues, with Chad Bown

Economically-sophisticated podcasts hosted by non-academics

  • Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy (From Tim Harford, "the Undercover Economist")
  • Freakonomics (discussions of economics research as applied to topics you might not think were economics)
  • Gridlines (episodes about under-appreciated but influential economists)
  • The Hidden Brain (behavioral economics and psychology)
  • The New Bazaar (Through long-form interviews with economists, policymakers and other guests, The New Bazaar explores how the economy is constantly altering the way we live -- and how our choices in life are reflected back into the economy. With Cardiff Garcia.)
  • NPR's Marketplace (general economics news)
  • NPR's Planet Money (a general economics news podcast, always well-informed)
  • NPR's The Indicator (a short podcast centered around a piece of economic data and how to understand it)
  • St. Louis Fed, Women in Economics (interviews with prominent women in economics about their careers)
  • Vox Talks Economics (interviews with leading economists about their research)
  • 80,000 Hours (In-depth conversations between economics-trained interviewer Rob Wiblin and his guests about "the world’s most pressing problems and how you can use your career to solve them.")