Next week’s guest is political scientist Terry Moe talking about his book, Relic. He argues we should use the Constitution to make the President more powerful. Seems like a tough position to justify in 2016 but he does a surprisingly good job making the case. And lots of fun hearing him try. That will be followed by:
Economist Susan Athey of Stanford talking about machine learning, econometrics, and causation. How important is machine learning for the study of economics and public policy?
Economist John Cochrane talking about the importance of growth and the role of government in the economy. This was recorded in front of a live audience and along with a lot of good economics, it includes a reference to the Court Jester with Danny Kaye:
Eric Wakin who is the head of the Hoover Archive on what it’s like to be the head of the Hoover Archive. I think what he does in his job will surprise you. X-rays of Hitler’s brain, the Enola Gay bombing order for Hiroshima and the Lusitania all get discussed. Plus some Keynes and Hayek.
Data scientist Cathy O’Neil talking about her new book, Weapons of Math Destruction which is coming out soon. Loved a bunch of things about this book. Not so crazy about some of it. Provocative.
Nobel Laureate and economist Angus Deaton on whether we should pay more attention to Americans in the conversation on globalization. A lively conversation on who wins and loses from globalization along with when and whether it should matter. Plus a discussion of the rising mortality rate among 45–54 year old white non-hispanics in America that Deaton first uncovered in work with Anne Case.