Episodes

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Abolitionism, National Identity, and the Economics of Slavery | Christopher L. Brown | YDHTY, S3E9

Conventional wisdom in America tells us that increasing democratic freedoms bring about increased prosperity, but what if things actually work the other way around? Prior episodes have shown that the expansion of democracy worldwide coincided with the world transitioning to petroleum as a primary...
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What is a Special Master and Why Should We Care | Gabe Roth | S3E8

While the appointment of a special master in the case involving ex-president Donald Trump's handling of classified documents raised eyebrows, the use of special masters in federal cases at large has risen 300% in the past 20 years and is the symptom of a much larger problem in the courts. In this...
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The Financial System, Income Inequality, and Climate Change: The Case for a New Bretton Woods | Kevin Gallagher & Richard Kozul-Wright | YDHTY, S3E7

In 1944, 44 nations came together to create a set of economic reforms designed to promote economic stability and a lasting peace. Almost 80 years later, this order has given way to a runaway financial sector that has destabilized the world economy with repeated financial crises and asset bubbles,...
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The Economic Impact of Student Loan Debt Relief | Marc Goldwein | YDHTY, S3E5

Last week, President Biden signed an executive order canceling up to $20,000 in student loan debt for individuals making under $125,000 and married couples making under $250,000. Missing from Biden's action was an estimate as to what the total cost of this executive order would be. In this episode...
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Would You Want a Single-Payer Plan Under the Trump Administration?

Single-payer advocates have long said the key to addressing healthcare costs is to put the government in charge, pointing to the lower administrative of Medicare and Medicaid when compared to private insurance. Free market advocates point to the fact Medicare and Medicaid pay below-market prices,...
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What Public Opinion on Healthcare Reform Tells us | Arjun Moorthy | YDHTY, S3E3

In the last two episodes of YDHTY, we've discussed how any comprehensive healthcare reform will involve wading into a thicket of overlapping regulations and competing financial interests. We've also learned how the polarized political climate has created an environment where those with the...
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Romneycare, Obamacare, and the Polarization of the Individual Mandate | Jon Gruber | YDHTY, S3E2

In the last episode of YDHTY, Dan Gorenstein of the podcast Tradeoffs explained how a web of overlapping regulations and competing interests made reforming America's healthcare system difficult. Economist Jon Gruber found a way to reconcile these interests when he proposed the individual mandate as...
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What are the Downsides of Single Payer Healthcare? | Dan Gorenstein | YDHTY, S3E1

The current debate over healthcare is framed as either a battle against greedy insurance and pharmaceutical companies or a socialist plot intent on giving the federal government dominion over an important part of our lives. Left out of the conversation are the consequences of inaction and the...
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Does America Have a Centrally Planned Economy? | Data Monk | YDHTY, Throwback Thursday Edition, July 2022

Growing up in the 1980s, the dynamism and rising living standards brought about by America's system of free-market capitalism stood in contrast to Soviet-era communism, where centralized, state-run industries enriched a few while leaving the rest with just enough to survive. For this week's episode...
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How Declining Interest Rates Make for Rising Populism | YDHTY, S2E47

In the final episode of this season of YDHTY, the Data Monk returns to discuss how easy money policies have created a feedback loop of unsustainable consumption in the United States, contributing to wage stagnation, income inequality, and rising populism. You can listen to the full episode via the...
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