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Join BFI for an extra slice of The Pie, our expanded podcast series drawn from presentations and conversations with UChicago scholars on cutting edge research and key events of the day.

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Can Monetary Policy Solve Inflation and Unemployment?

Oct 21 • 39:05

Nudge: The Final Edition Book Talk with Richard Thaler

Aug 5 • 35:27

How can a small nudge make a big impact? Since publishing the first edition of Nudge more than 10 years ago, Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler have changed the way businesses and governments design rules and regulations to influence people’s behavior and decision making. Tess Vigeland sat down with Thaler to discuss new material covered in Nudge: The Final Edition, includin...

Economics of Courage

Jul 1 • 24:56

Vaccine Lotteries: Worth a Shot?

Jun 17 • 27:11

Pay Now or Pay Later

Jun 3 • 28:27
With the rise in federal spending over the last several years, there are questions on how the US will pay those bills. Chicago Booth economists Austan Goolsbee and Eric Zwick demystify which rate changes actually impact revenue and expose how economists think about infrastructure spending. Delving into the details on capital gains taxes, they discuss strategies to close lo...

College Sports: Show Me The Money

May 20 • 31:00
Division I schools make billions off athletic programs, with close to two-thirds coming from men’s basketball and football alone. Economist Matt Matt Notowidigdo has calculated that due to NCAA restrictions, only 7% of those revenues are paid to student athletes, with important distributional consequences. He joins this week with sports attorney Michael McCann to discuss t...

Discrimination is Expensive

May 6 • 20:30
Preventing people from entering careers where they could maximize their potential places massive costs on society, and economists can measure the real impact. Chang-Tai Hsieh and Erik Hurst have discovered that declining barriers to careers for women and Black men over the last 50 years accounts for 25-40% of all productivity growth in the US. They join to discuss the impl...

Are Carbon Offsets Bogus?

Apr 22 • 24:46

WFH… Forever?

Apr 8 • 24:57

Incentives and the Race to Vaccinate

Mar 25 • 26:19

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