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Equilibrium: The SFU Economics Podcast
Now you can learn about economics whenever and wherever you want!
Introducing Equilibrium: The SFU Economics Podcast, our brand new departmental podcast, featuring a rotation of graduate student hosts interviewing our faculty. Get their take on economics in the modern day, and learn about economics to get savvier about the world. Our podcast is hosted by a rotation of some of our most talented graduate students, and features our award-winning faculty discussing their research and their takes on economics-related topics. New episodes monthly.
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Gord Myers on the Economics of Higher Education
March 8, 2019
Professor Gord Myers spent the last six years in high level administration at SFU. Now he’s combining this experience with his research interests to study the economics of higher education. How are universities structured, and why? How do different budgeting systems affect the incentives of faculties and departments? How can you evaluate the quality and productivity of a professor? Gord and PhD student Garrett Petersen discuss all of this and more in today’s conversation.
David Andolfatto on Cryptocurrencies
January 3, 2019
David Andolfatto is not only a professor of Economics at SFU, he’s also a vice president of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In this episode, PhD student Shirleen Manzur interviews David about cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, one of his main interests. Among other things, David and Shirleen talk about the pros and cons of cryptocurrencies, their role in the economy now and in the future, and how they can be regulated by the government.
Bertille Antoine on Econometrics
November 20, 2018
This episode we’re bringing you Associate Professor Bertille Antoine in an interview with PhD candidate Thomas Vigie. Today’s show is all about econometrics: what it is, how Bertille got interested in it, and her recent work in the field. Thomas and Bertille discuss the relationship between economics research and decision making in public policy, and also the possibility of a widening gap between theoretical and applied research in economics.
David Jacks on International Trade and Economic History
October 10, 2018
This episode we bring you professor David Jacks interviewed by PhD student Ricardo Meilman Cohn. David specializes in international trade and economic history. He describes his latest research on the effects of alcohol prohibition in the United States and the role history plays in economics generally. David also gives his take on current international trade wars and the legalization of marijuana—all from a historical perspective.
Chris Bidner on Applied Economics
September 4, 2018
This episode features Associate Professor Chris Bidner in a conversation with Garrett Petersen, one of our PhD students. Chris and Garrett touch on a number of topics, including: applied economics, Chris' recent work on gender roles in marriage, and advice for prospective graduate and undergraduate students. You may recognize Garrett from his own podcast, the Economics Detective. You can check out that at economicsdetective.com.