Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunday night econlinks: Interviews edition

  • Interesting interview with urban and environmental economist Matthew Kahn on green cities, environmental Kuznets curves, demographics in major cities, policies to attract and retain a skilled population base etc. Here’s one of the parts I like most: “I'm an honest man. I think it's important to know what you don't know. When you know that you don't know something, the answer is to experiment! “ Valid beyond this context.

  • A chat with Greg Mankiw, Harvard professor, successful Economics blogger, former CEA head, and a total family guy.

  • December ’09 video interview with John Nash; inter alia briefly touching on inaccuracies in A Beautiful Mind , childhood, home encyclopedias, meeting his wife, asking refugee status in Europe, willingness to still do some academic work etc.

  • Interview with entrepreneur Peter Thiel, among other things cofounder of Paypal, and first investor in Facebook. Though confused about a few specific issues, his overall idea makes a lot of sense.

  • Short interview with Yoram Bauman, the one and only stand-up Economist, on the need for humor and cartoon textbooks in Economics. We love this quote: “I put my left hand on the small of her back, I put my right hand on the curve of her hip, I put my invisible hand on her thigh

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