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Seize the Moment Podcast

Feb 13, 2023

On episode 160, we welcome Erik Angner to discuss the utility of economics and why it’s about much more than markets and spending, why it was once considered to be demonic and the racist history of its detractors, mitigating poverty with wealth redistribution, becoming better science communicators to tackle misinformation about policy proposals related to poverty and climate change, the benefits of a carbon tax, game theory and the need to create incentive structures to change bad behavior, the difference between pleasure and comfort and why the former is more conducive to long-term happiness, how to become rich through sensible strategies, teaching financial literacy, and how struggling and joy are inextricably linked.

Erik Angner is Professor of Practical Philosophy at Stockholm University. He holds two PhDs – one in Economics and one in History and Philosophy of Science. He is the author of several books, Hayek and Natural Law (Routledge 2007) and A Course in Behavioral Economics, 3rd Ed. (Red Globe Press 2020), as well as multiple journal articles and book chapters on behavioral and experimental economics; the science and philosophy of happiness; and the history, philosophy, and methodology of contemporary economics. His most recent book, available now, is called How Economics Can Save the World: Simple Solutions to Solve Our Biggest Problems (Penguin 2023).


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