Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Assorted Podcasts

Dante Scala, a political science professor at the University of New Hampshire Sees `Victory' for Obama in New Hampshire Primary

Edward Castronova on the Exodus to the Virtual World

Debate at AEA Over U.S. Federal Reserve's Use of Forecasting

Frydman, Professor, Discusses `Imperfect Knowledge Economics'

Frequent coarse language
Keith Allan and Kate Burridge describe how we censor our own language in order to negotiate taboo topics.

The Talibanization of South Asia: Can it Be Stopped?
Pervez Hoodbhoy, Department of Physics, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad

Russia and the Future of European Energy Security
Gerhard Schroder, former Chancellor of Germany, gave SIPA's annual Silver Memorial lecture

Rush-hour pricing? Let's just do it--Tyler Cowen
Traffic and the housing market are two of America's biggest messes. But we could improve both problems at the same time. As it stands, it's estimated that American traffic jams waste $78 billion a year in time and fuel.

The best way to cut down on traffic is to make people pay for the right to drive at rush hour. If people have to pay a price, they will cut out their non-essential trips or shift them into other time slots. So far as mechanics go, toll booths are a waste of time, so let's enforce a sticker system or bill people with electronic sensors, as they do in Singapore.

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