Russ Roberts on Life as an Economics Educator (Ep. 68)

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On Hayek and behavioral economics

COWEN: Which book by Hayek has influenced you the most?

On good regulation

COWEN: Here’s a reader question. “In which areas are you more pro-regulation than the average American?” They mean government regulation.

On podcasting

COWEN: Podcasting — what’s the largest change of heart you’ve had as the result of an EconTalk podcast conversation?

Early on in EconTalk — not early on, but at some point in EconTalk — I realized I wanted to be open about my biases, and I discovered that by being open about my biases, I had to confront them a little bit because here I am, saying them out loud. And I realized, “Well, gee, do I really believe this now?” Something I believed, say, a long time ago. As a result of the accumulation of those conversations, my views on a number of things, I think, have changed quite dramatically.

COWEN: What’s the niche, if there, how would you characterize it, other than more diverse?

On religion

COWEN: A few questions related to religion, but feel free to pass, of course. How do you, as a podcaster, economist, and education specialist, read the Bible differently?

At any rate, any one day, you might wish it were otherwise. Any one day, as a religious Jew, there are days I wish I could have shrimp. There are days I wish I could watch the game on Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon on TV. There are times I wish I didn’t feel different. But over a lifetime, it’s a very powerful enricher of the texture of everyday life. I would say that’s true of marriage and religion

I would say that’s true of marriage and religion. Any one day, you might sometimes think it’s a hard deal. Most days, it’s good or great, and then, more importantly, over a longer period of time, it’s deeply satisfying. I think in today’s world, those two institutions are struggling because for whatever reason, people are more interested in today.

On things under- and overrated

COWEN: Let’s try some overrated versus underrated. Saul Bellow.

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