Michael Spence: The Future of Economic Growth in a Multispeed World

Michael Spence

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Nobel Laureate Michael Spence for a discussion of his new book, The Next Convergence. Professor Spence discusses his intellectual odyssey focusing on his Nobel Prize research on information and market structure. He then explains how his work as Chairman of the Commission on Growth and Development led him to write his new book. Tracing the impact of the internet, globalization, and domestic and international policy on the trajectory of economic growth in the emerging economies, he highlights the implications of the resulting high speed...

Laura D’Andrea Tyson: An Economist Goes to Washington

Laura D'Andrea Tyson

In this edition, UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler talks with Laura D'Andrea Tyson, the Class of 1939 Professor of Economics and Business at UC Berkeley. They discuss her research in international economics, her service in the Clinton administration, and the interaction between national economic policy and the international economy.

KEYWORDS: U.S Presidents, Globalization.

Laura D'Andrea Tyson: Inequality and the Status of Women

Laura D'Andrea Tyson

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Berkeley’s Laura D'Andrea Tyson, Professor of Business Administration and Economics, for a discussion of inequality. Professor traces her academic career and her work in Washington where she served as Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors in the Clinton Administration. After comparing the Washington political environment during the Clinton and Obama presidencies, she characterizes the role of government as a venture capitalist drawing on the ideas and resources of the states and the private sector to catalyze solutions to national...

Kenneth Boulding: National Security Through Stable Peace

Kenneth Boulding

Conversations with History host Harry Kreisler interviews economist Kenneth Boulding. Professor Boulding talks about his theory of a stable peace and discusses the role of peace movements.

KEYWORDS: Theory, Peace Movements, National Security, Berkeley Graduate Lecturers.

Yegor Gaidar: Guiding the Transformation of the Russian Economy

Yegor Gaidar

Former Deputy Prime Yegor Gaidar talks with UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler about the transformation of the Russian economy after the fall of communism.

KEYWORDS: Russia, Politics, Capitalism, Berkeley Graduate Lecturers, Markets.

Stuart Altman: Power, Politics, and Universal Health Care

Stuart Altman

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Stuart Altman for a discussion of the struggle to reform healthcare in the U.S. Altman traces his intellectual odyssey and recalls his long term involvement in national policymaking. In his reflections, he considers the successes and failures of reform in the context of U.S. political culture and history. Analyzing efforts by Presidents from Roosevelt to Obama, he highlights the twin goals of cost reduction and universal access. He concludes with an examination of the Obama plan speculating on the future of cost control. In his conclusion, he...

Stephen S. Cohen: What Happens When Other Countries Have the Money

Stephen S. Cohen

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor Stephen S. Cohen for a discussion of the new book he has written with Professor Brad Delong entitled The End of Influence. Professor Cohen argues that the 2008 economic collapse demonstrates the failure both domestically and internationally of neo-liberal economic policies embraced by both democrats and republicans during the last three decades. Neoliberalism assumed that an unfettered market and a fettered government are the best route to prosperity. These policies increased economic inequality and led to the bloating of the financial...

Samuel Bowles: The Moral Economy

Samuel Bowles

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Samuel Bowles, Research Professor and Director of the Behavioral Sciences Program at the Santa Fe Institute, for a discussion of his intellectual odyssey and his most recent book The Moral Economy. Topics covered include the influence of parents, his encounters with Nehru and Martin Luther King, and his education. He addresses the necessary changes in the agenda of economics as it grapples with the limits of incentives and the opportunities for bringing in a focus on community and altruism in order to confront global problems. He also offers...

Richard B. Freeman: Global Capitalism, Labor Markets, and Inequality

Richard B. Freeman

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Harvard labor economist Richard B. Freeman for a discussion of globalization and its complex consequences for inequality in national and global contexts. He analyzes the implications of the feminization of the labor market, the effect of immigration on national job markets, the shift of policy innovation in the U.S. from the federal government to the states, and the benefits of international labor standards.

Pranab Bardhan: Assessing the Economic Rise of China and India

Pranab Bardhan

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Berkeley economist Pranab Bardhan for a discussion of his new book, Awakening Giants, Feet of Clay. Bardhan discusses his interest in poverty and inequality in the context of his intellectual odyssey. He then focuses on the myths and realities surrounding the emergence of China and India, addressing several questions including: What have these countries achieved? How did they do it? How do they compare in terms of inequality and social welfare? What are the factors that explain their reemergence as economic powerhouses? What has been the...