Economics
Join the intellectual minds of Milton Friedman, Walter Williams, James Buchanan, Friedrich Von Hayek and more for a tour of the political, economic, and intellectual landscape of the day. Take a look into the past and discover that the issues facing us today are very similar to those discussed over 30 years ago. National debt, welfare, monetary policies, social organization, education, international policies and so much more are the grounds for debate, and see just how relevant these topics are in today’s world.
To hear thoughts on a range of topics recorded by The Idea Channel (an initiative of Free To Choose Network) click the links below.
 
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From the University of Chicago's Economics Department, Professors Casey Mulligan and Kevin M. Murphy analyze health care and social security from an economics perspective.
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Produced and Telecast by PBS in 1978, this is one of the rare TV appearances of Nobel Prize winner George Stigler. Also appearing on this half hour production is a young Mark Green, near the...
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A discussion between Robert Heller, Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin and Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize recipient and Professor at the University of Chicago. Recorded in 1978 with...
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Armen Alchian, Professor of Economics, UCLA and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics. Professor Alchian engages Nobel Prize-winning economist Friedrich von Hayek in reminiscences that provide a uniquely...
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Armen Alchian, Professor of Economics, UCLA and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics. Professor Alchian continues to engage Nobel Prize-winning economist Friedrich von Hayek in reminiscences that...
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Axel Leijonhufvud, Professor of Economics at UCLA and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics. In Part I they discuss the courses of study and contact with noted scholars which shaped Dr. von Hayek's...
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Earlene Craver, Economics writer, shares with Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics, his recollections of traveling to America as a young man. Hayek also discusses his perception of the tension between...
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Jack High, Economics Graduate Student and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics trace Hayek's professional and philosophical development. Hayek also comments on the significant influences on his life and...
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James Buchanan, Professor of Economics, George Mason University and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics. Nobel laureates Hayek and Buchanan engage in a spirited discussion of von Hayek's controversial...
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James Buchanan, Professor of Economics, George Mason University and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics. Nobel laureates Hayek and Buchanan continue their discussion of von Hayek's controversial work,...
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Leo Rosten, Author, and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics. Hour one of a lively and occasionally controversial three-part interview of noted economist Friedrich von Hayek by Leo Rosten, in a...
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Leo Rosten, Author, and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics. Hour two of a lively and occasionally controversial three-part interview of noted economist Friedrich von Hayek by Leo Rosten, in a...
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Leo Rosten, Author, and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics. Hour three of a lively and occasionally controversial three-part interview of noted economist Friedrich von Hayek by Leo Rosten, in a...
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Robert Bork, Professor of Law, Yale University and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics. U.S. Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork and Nobel Prize winner Friedrich von Hayek engage in a lively discussion...
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Robert Bork, Professor of Law, Yale University and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics. U.S. Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork and Nobel Prize winner Friedrich von Hayek continue their discussion on...
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Robert Bork, Professor of Law, Yale University and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics. U.S. Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork and Nobel Prize winner Friedrich von Hayek continue their discussion on...
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Robert Chitester, President of PBS station WQLN and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics. Noted economist Friedrich von Hayek and Bob Chitester discuss American thought and culture, and the...
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Robert Chitester, President of PBS station WQLN and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics. Noted economist Friedrich von Hayek and Bob Chitester continue their discussions on American thought and...
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Tom Hazlett, Graduate Student in Economics, and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics. Nobel Prize winner Friedrich von Hayek joins economist Tom Hazlett in an informative and thoughtful discussion of...
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Is the economic theory of utility a useful way of understanding consumer behavior? Ronald Coase and Gary Becker, Nobel Economists at the University of Chicago, explain and discuss the theory of...
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Dr. Gary Becker, Professor of Economics & Sociology, University of Chicago and Richard Posner, author "Sex and Reason," discuss the challenge confronting those who apply market analysis to social...
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Dr. Gary Becker, Professor of Economics & Sociology, University of Chicago explains why the family is and will continue to be a dominant 'player' in economic activities. National productivity is...
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Dr. Gary Becker, 1992 Nobel Economist and Aaron Wildavsky, Prof. of Political Science and Public Policy, UC Berkeley, discuss the ways in which preferences and self-interest influence our decisions.
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How rapidly should former Eastern Bloc countries convert to free market economies? Considering, and sometimes debating this question, are Ronald Coase and Gary Becker, Nobel Economists at the...
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Patricia Dillon of the Department of Economics at Scripps College, Richard B. McKenzie, Walter B. Gerken Professor of Enterprise and Society at the University of California, and Sven W. Arndt,...
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If the government has the power and responsibility to promote equality of income, then how do we define the concept of equality? Jefferson, in his Declaration of Independence, meant equality before...
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If free trade is so good, why is protectionism so popular? Part of the answer lies in a simple political principle — interests that are concentrated (those of the producer) are more politically...
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The question is irrelevant. Capitalism per se is not humane or inhumane; nor is socialism. If we compare the two in terms of results, it is clear that only capitalism fosters equality and works toward...
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Why do Americans pay more in taxes than they really want to? Can they do anything about it? Americans must understand that their true tax burden is what the government spends—regardless of how that...
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Inflation is blamed on many things. But it has only one cause: It is a monetary phenomenon. Inflation occurs when the quantity of money increases faster than the quantity of goods. Why does the money...
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Five myths cloud our perception of both the past and the present. (1) The “robber baron” myth which holds that in late nineteenth-century America there were powerful men who became rich at the...
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The quality of public education in America today in many places is deplorable. Dr. Friedman identifies (1) the increasing centralization and bureaucratization of the educational establishment, which...
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Increasing government involvement in medical care will take us toward fully socialized medicine. This trend is clearly against the interests of patients, physicians, and other health care personnel....
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It’s pointless to try to predict the availability of adequate sources of energy. What we need is an adjustable mechanism to enable us to adapt to whatever happens. We already have such a mechanism:...
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We live under a form of slavery—government domination of the market economy. We have come a long way from a truly free economy: Consider the number of markets to which new firms do not have free...
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John Stuart Mill said, in effect, that self-protection is the only legitimate reason for people to interfere with the freedom of others. If we are to define the role of government in a free society,...
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Is America still the land of opportunity, or is it a land worn thin, showing much bureaucracy and less freedom? Dr. Friedman’s view of America’s present situation is not sanguine. He identifies...
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The welfare state is an attempt to “do good” with someone else’s money. The aim may be worthy but the means are faulty. The problem is that you do not spend someone else’s money as carefully...
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Consumer legislation doesn’t in the end protect the consumer; rather, it benefits the consumer advocates, including reformers, special interest groups, and regulatory agencies. What does protect the...
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Unions offer protection to workers in some situations, but union membership represents only one fifth of the American labor force. And while some unions do benefit their members, it is generally at...
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Daniel Gressel, PhD, Economics (Univ. of Chicago), Milton Friedman, 1976 Nobel laureate in Economics, and Robert Hall PhD Economics (Stanford) discuss the effects that world events, such as world wars...
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Daniel Gressel, PhD, Economics (Univ. of Chicago), Milton Friedman, 1976 Nobel laureate in Economics, and Robert Hall PhD Economics (Stanford), discuss what money is and how has it evolved and changed...
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This discussion features Dr. Karen Vaughn, Professor of Economics at George Mason University and Dr. Walter Williams, John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University. ...
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The Honorable Robert Bork and Douglas H. Ginsburg discuss changes in the judicial system since Bork’s tenure, including the use of economics, judicial imperialism, and the differences between...
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Robert Ebel, International Government Finance Economist; Milton Friedman, 1976 Nobel laureate in Economics; and Tom Hazlett, Editor-in-Chief The Wesleyan Review.
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This discussion features Dr. James Buchanan, 1986 Nobel Economist, and Dr. David Fand, Visiting Research Associate at The Center for Study of Public Choice at George Mason University. The Federal...
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Julian Simon foresaw the falling natural resource prices, increased world oil supply, and decline in farmland prices. His view of population economics is unique and persuasive. Discussion covers...
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Dr. Milton Friedman, 1976 Nobel Laureate in Economics and author of "Free To Choose," urges alertness to the difference between false and real problems concerning government. The problem is not budget...
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Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Walter E. Williams holds a B.A. degree in economics from California State University - Los Angeles, and M.A. and Ph.D degrees in economics from UCLA. He also...
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William R. Allen is a Professor of Economics at UCLA, and host of 'The Midnight Economist' radio series. Allen, intent on improving the quality of economic education, believes journalists,...