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Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer

Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer

Any society that allows itself to become radically unequal eventually collapses into an uprising or a police state?or both. Join venture capitalist Nick Hanauer and some of the world?s leading economic and political thinkers in an exploration of who gets what and why. Turns out, everything you learned about economics is wrong. And if we don?t do something about rising inequality, the pitchforks are coming.


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Can the economy be liberated? (with Jeremie Greer)

Even when our nation's prosperity was most broadly shared in the 1950s and 1960s, Black people and other communities of color were purposefully denied the shared prosperity that white families enjoyed. And because inclusion drives economic growth, excluding anyone from the economy is bad for all of us. Jeremie Greer, Liberation in a Generation?s co-director, explains how racism is profitable under our current economic system, and breaks down how we can build a Liberation Economy that truly includes?and benefits?everyone. Jeremie Greer is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Liberation in a Generation, a national movement-support organization, building power for POC and demanding a Liberation Economy.  Twitter: @liberation_gen, @JeremieGreer Liberation in a Generation  Racism is Profitable Podcast  The Road to Zero Wealth  Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Higher minimum wages are creating more jobs (with Michael Reich)

Ten years ago, Nick was called "near insane" for saying that substantially raising the minimum wage would create jobs. In retrospect, it seems obvious: After all, if no one has any money, who will buy all the stuff? Researchers at University of California, Berkeley have found more data to support this theory in a first-of-its-kind study on the effects of the $15 minimum wage. Michael Reich, one of the economists who worked on this exciting report, shares his findings with us. Michael Reich is Professor of Economics and Chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics (CWED) at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) of the University of California at Berkeley. Twitter: @IRLEUCB High Minimum Wages and the Monopsony Puzzle New Study Finds a High Minimum Wage Creates Jobs Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Do we need an Economic Bill of Rights? (with Mark Paul)

We learn in grade school that American citizens are endowed with certain inalienable rights, but basic necessities like housing and education aren?t protected by the Constitution. Imagine how different this country might be if affordable health care and guaranteed employment were included in our Bill of Rights. That?s the vision that economist Mark Paul outlines in his new book, The Ends of Freedom.  Mark Paul is an assistant professor of economics at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. His research and writing have appeared in the New York Times, Economist, Washington Post, Nation, American Prospect, and Financial Times, among other publications. Twitter: @MarkVinPaul The Ends of Freedom  Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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The case for inclusive growth (with JP Julien)

At the core of middle-out economics is the idea that the more people we include in the economy, the faster and more prosperous it grows. And this inclusionary principle isn?t something we just made up?there?s actual data to support it. Our conversation with JP Julien from McKinsey and Company outlines what inclusion can mean in the context of an economy that works for everyone. This episode originally aired on July 6, 2021. JP Julien is a Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he serves US federal, state, and city governments on inclusive economic-development topics and supports private-, public-, and social-sector organizations in advancing racial equity. He is a leader of the McKinsey Institute for Black Economic Mobility, a global economic think tank focused on inclusive economic development and racial equity topics. Twitter: @McKinsey The case for inclusive growth: Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Can economics save the world? (with Erik Angner)

We all want to live happier, more fulfilling lives and build a better future for ourselves, but can economics help to make that dream a reality? Economist and philosopher Erik Angner is so confident that economics can save the world that he wrote a whole book about it. Erik helps Nick and Goldy overcome their usual cynicism by pointing out all the amazing progress that has been made in the economics profession, and he explains how economics can help build an even more glorious future for everyone. Erik Angner is Professor of Practical Philosophy at Stockholm University, where he directs the PPE Program. He is the author of several books including A Course in Behavioral Economics and How Economics Can Save the World. Twitter: @ErikAngner How Economics Can Save the World  Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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How college broke the American dream (with Will Bunch)

This week we?re continuing our exploration into the ways that higher education contributes to America?s political, cultural, and economic divisions. Goldy chats with author Will Bunch about how our leaders almost established a university education as a public good, why the so-called ?knowledge economy? has caused inequality to grow, and how we can possibly fix our educational divide. Will Bunch is a national opinion columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer and author of several books. He has won numerous journalism awards and shared the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting with the New York Newsday staff. Twitter: @Will_Bunch After the Ivory Tower Falls Better Public Schools Won?t Fix America Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Econ 101 is failing college students (with Abigail Acheson and Nouhaila Oudija)

Universities across America are still teaching an outdated, neoclassical way of economic thinking. The trickle-down curriculums taught in Econ 101 classrooms aren?t just bad for students?they have had disastrous, far-reaching effects on the economy. Decades of bad education has left students adrift: A new study from Rethinking Economics reveals that the majority of college students are critical of the US economic system, with a large majority believing it needs to change. Can we redesign economic curriculums to better reflect how the economy really works? Abigail Acheson is network coordinator and staff organizer with the US Rethinking Economics National Network. A recent graduate, Abigail is dedicated to revitalizing student organizing for curriculum change at universities.  Nouhaila Oudija is a researcher and consultant at RE-USA. She recently published a research project about college students' attitudes around the US economic system and about the lack of diversity of thought in economics curricula. Twitter: @RethinkEcon_USA, @rethinkecon Economics is Failing US College Students Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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How rich people dodge taxes (with Gabriel Zucman)

As Tax Day approaches in the United States, we?re revisiting our conversation with Gabriel Zucman, the authority on wealth taxes. For the last 40 years, trickle-down politicians have slashed tax rates on the rich, benefiting the wealthy few at the expense of the American middle class. Zucman explains how the rich manage to dodge taxes, and how we can fix this broken system. This episode originally aired on November 26, 2019. Gabriel Zucman is now Professor of Economics at the Paris School of Economics and Ecole Normale Supérieure ? PSL, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, Director of the EU Tax Observatory, and Director of the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Center on Wealth and Income Inequality at UC Berkeley. Twitter: @gabriel_zucman The Triumph of Injustice: The Wealth Detective Who Finds the Hidden Money of the Super Rich: Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Banning noncompetes is good, actually (with Evan Starr)

One in five American workers has signed a noncompete clause. The FTC believes that the elimination of these clauses would generate extra job opportunities for 30 million workers and raise wages by $300 billion?a huge win for the average American worker. Economist Evan Starr shares findings from his new report on noncompetes and their enforceability in court, which uses data from our home state of Washington. Evan Starr is an Assistant Professor of Management & Organization at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.  Twitter: @evanpstarr Do Firms Value Court Enforceability of Noncompete Agreements?  The Transformation at the Heart of Biden?s Middle-Out Economic Agenda Why your noncompete clause is probably illegal  Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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How we all fell for The Big Myth (with Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway)

When did ordinary people come to believe that free market solutions are always better than government intervention? How do we create a future where markets serve democracy instead of stifling it? In this episode we?re talking about the ?magic? of the marketplace and the myth that the free market is ruthlessly efficient and always knows best. The co-authors of The Big Myth explain exactly how American business taught us to loathe government and love the free market. Naomi Oreskes is Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. Her opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and many other outlets.  Erik M. Conway is a historian of science and technology and works for the California Institute of Technology. He is the author of seven books and dozens of articles and essays. Twitter: @NaomiOreskes, @ErikMConway  The Big Myth The Silicon Valley Bank Bailout Didn?t Need to Happen  Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Slouching towards economic utopia (with Brad DeLong)

Between 1870 and 2010 an unprecedented explosion?of material wealth transformed the globe, but that wave of prosperity failed to create a fully functioning and equal society. How did we manage to create an economic pie large enough for everyone to share, but then fumble dividing that pie up equally? Brad DeLong explores this question in his new book, Slouching Towards Utopia, which looks at the economic history of the twentieth century and why it matters today. J. Bradford DeLong is an economic historian and a professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury during the Clinton administration. He writes a widely read economics blog, now at Twitter: @delong Slouching Towards Utopia Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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The problem with unequal cities (with Richard McGahey)

We've released dozens of episodes exploring how to improve the lives of Americans that live in rural areas, but we don?t often discuss how cities (and the folks that live in them) are being left behind by state lawmakers and federal policies. This is a problem because cities are key to innovation and economic growth. Richard McGahey's new book explores how to overcome anti-urban bias in order to reduce inequality in cities throughout the United States. Richard McGahey is an economist and senior fellow at the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis and the Institute on Race, Power, and Political Economy, both within The New School. Twitter: @rickmcgahey Unequal Cities Redefining Rural America   Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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The high price of misclassification (with Heidi Shierholz)

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute found that anywhere from 10 to 30 percent of employers are essentially stealing thousands of dollars from their workers every year by misclassifying them as independent contractors. In addition to lower pay, those misclassified workers are also deprived of employer-provided benefits like health care and labor rights like basic safety regulations. Returning guest Heidi Shierholz walks us through the report and explains how to figure out if your employer is stealing from you by classifying you as an independent contractor. Heidi Shierholz is the president of the Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that uses the power of its research on economic trends and on the impact of economic policies to advance reforms that serve working people, deliver racial justice, and guarantee gender equity. Twitter: @hshierholz The economic costs of worker misclassification  Shared security, shared growth  Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Why Walmart workers are still broke (with Rick Wartzman)

Goldy and Paul interview author Rick Wartzman about how America?s biggest employer (Walmart) began taking better care of its workers (by raising wages)?and why that decision might be too little, too late. According to Wartzman, Walmart has gone through a remarkable transformation, but there are limits to how much positive change this brand of socially conscious capitalism can create. Rick Wartzman is co-president of Bendable Labs, a technology, consulting and research firm that builds and tests social innovations in the areas of lifelong learning, workforce development and job quality. He?s the author of several books that meet at the intersection of business and society including Still Broke: Walmart's Remarkable Transformation and the Limits of Socially Conscious Capitalism, The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America, Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck?s The Grapes of Wrath, and The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire. Twitter: @RWartzman Still Broke Walmart and McDonald?s have the most workers on food stamps and Medicaid, new study shows    Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Why stock buybacks should be taxed more (with Cory Booker)

Stock buybacks are one of the worst excesses of modern capitalism, which naturally means they're one of our favorite subjects to cover on the podcast. And since they?re in the news again, we thought it would be a good time to revisit one of our first episodes, from 2019. How much has changed over the past 4 years? President Biden?s proposal to raise taxes on buybacks to 4% is the most promising update so far, but much of our conversation with Senator Cory Booker remains relevant today. This episode originally aired on February 26, 2019. Cory Booker is the U.S. Senator from New Jersey. Since 2013, Cory has written and championed dozens of bills aimed at fixing our broken criminal justice system, expanding economic opportunity, and fighting for equal justice for everyone. Twitter: @CoryBooker The Transformation at the Heart of Biden?s Middle-Out Economic Agenda  Stock buybacks are soaring to record levels ? and Cory Booker wants to stop it  Stock Buybacks Are Killing the American Economy Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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How Biden is restoring economic competition (with David Dayen)

In July 2021, President Biden signed an executive order directing government agencies to rewrite policies to encourage competition in the U.S. economy. Returning guest David Dayen has compiled 18 months? worth of actions resulting from this order. After more than four decades of unrestrained corporate power, Dayen explains, competition is finally returning to the economy?and that?s good news for everyone. David Dayen is the executive editor of The American Prospect. His work has appeared in The Intercept, The New Republic, HuffPost, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and more. His most recent book is ?Monopolized: Life in the Age of Corporate Power.? Twitter: @ddayen A Pitched Battle on Corporate Power  The Transformation at the Heart of Biden?s Middle-Out Economic Agenda  Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Why canceling student debt makes great economic sense (with Fenaba Addo)

When the Biden Administration announced last year that they would forgive up to $20,000 student loan debt per individual, millions of people celebrated?and for good reason. The student loan debt that Americans carry has ballooned to $1.8 trillion in recent decades, threatening the economic security of American households from coast to coast and up and down the income scale. Unfortunately, the Biden forgiveness plan has been tied up in several lawsuits, and the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for these lawsuits at the end of February, with a final decision expected later this spring. As the conversation over student loans heats back up, we?re revisiting our conversation with Associate Professor Fenaba Addo. Addo helps us explore the merits and shortcomings of student debt cancellation, and explains why canceling student debt would actually be good for the economy. You?ll also hear from Pitchfork listeners who share how student loan forgiveness would change their lives.  This episode originally aired on December 22, 2020. Fenaba Addo is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She specializes in debt and racial wealth inequality. Her first book, A Dream Defaulted: The Student Loan Crisis Among Black Borrowers, is available now by Harvard Education Press. Twitter: @FenabaAddo The Biden-Harris Administration?s Student Debt Relief Plan Explained  Is Student Debt Forgiveness Still Going to Happen?  Forget fairness: Canceling all student debt makes great economic sense for America ? here's why  Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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The many benefits of a guaranteed job program (with Max Kasy and Lukas Lehner)

Oxford economists are currently running the world?s first Universal Job Guarantee program in Austria, and so far the results are very promising. When unemployed people have guaranteed access to training and/or a job, those people feel more in control of their lives and become more financially secure?and happier, too. The study?s co-authors join us to explain why they believe a guaranteed jobs program like this could work in other countries?including the United States. Maximilian Kasy is a Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford Lukas Lehner is an Economist at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School (INET Oxford) and the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford Twitter: @maxkasy, @LukasLehner_ World?s first universal job guarantee boosts wellbeing and eliminates long-term unemployment Does the future of work include a Federal Jobs Guarantee? Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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The legacy of the Fight for $15 (with NELP)

Exactly one decade ago, activists and civic leaders launched the Fight for $15. It?s hard to recall now, but the idea was wildly controversial at the time?Forbes called Nick?s support of a $15 minimum wage ?near-insane,? for example. A new report from the National Employment Law Project (NELP) examines the legacy of the movement and all that it has accomplished in the last 10 years. Two of the report?s authors join us to discuss the Fight for $15?s impact beyond growing paychecks, including its effect on the racial wealth gap, union participation, and the economy overall.  Yannet Lathrop is a Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst for the National Employment Law Project.  Dr. T. William Lester is Professor and Acting Chair of Urban and Regional Planning at San José State University and Research Professor at UNC Chapel Hill.  Twitter: @NELPnews Ten-Year Legacy of the Fight for $15 and a Union Movement  Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Sci-Fi Economics (with Kim Stanley Robinson)

We can?t tear down the existing economic framework and replace it with a better one without first telling a persuasive story about how the economy actually works. And few people in the world are more compelling storytellers than science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson.  In his speculative near-future novel The Ministry for the Future, Stan explains complicated economic theories better than most economists. He joins Nick and Goldy for a fascinating conversation about the role of economics in both climate change fiction and climate change reality. Kim Stanley Robinson is a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed New York 2140 and The Ministry for the Future. Facebook: Kim Stanley Robinson The Ministry for the Future Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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The real reasons why inflation soared last year (with Ira Regmi)

For most of last year economists and pundits engaged in a long, circular debate about why inflation was spiking around the world, and who was to blame for those skyrocketing prices. Economic experts at the Roosevelt Institute (including past guest Joseph Stiglitz) have finally revealed the root causes of global inflation in a new report. Stiglitz?s co-author, Ira Regmi, shares what they?ve learned. Ira Regmi is the Program Manager for the Macroeconomic Analysis program at the Roosevelt Institute. They support the team?s work on fiscal and monetary policy, unemployment, and growth to ensure an economy that works for all. Twitter: @Regmi_Ira The Causes of and Responses to Today?s Inflation    Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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New Year, New AMA

Nick and Goldy kick off the New Year by answering more of your questions! Has there ever been a time period with strong deflation? Should folks prepare for an upcoming recession? Why aren?t we allowed to question the free market? And much more.  If you have questions for a future ?Ask Me Anything? episode, leave us a voicemail at 731-388-9334. Don?t forget to follow the show wherever you listen and if that happens to be on Apple or Spotify, please give us a 5 star rating or review! Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Revisiting the economics of abortion (with Caitlin Myers)

Out of all the topics we discussed in 2022 one stayed at the top of headlines all year long: abortion. We spoke to Professor Caitlin Myers in February of this year, months before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade. She shared data from her research and provided examples of the causal links between abortion access and economic outcomes in women?s lives. It?s an illuminating episode, and one that will be just as relevant in 2023 as it was for all of 2022. This episode originally aired on February 22, 2022. Caitlin Knowles Myers is the John G. McCullough professor of economics at Middlebury College and Co-Director of the Middlebury Initiative for Data and Digital Methods. She?s known for her recent research on the impact of contraception and abortion policies in the United States. Twitter: @Caitlin_K_Myers Opinion: Economists can tell you that restricting abortion access restricts women?s lives Lack of abortion access will set US women back, economists warn What can economic research tell us about the effect of abortion access on women?s lives?  The economic reality behind a Mississippi anti-abortion argument The Economic Consequences of Being Denied an Abortion The Turnaway Study  Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Revisiting corporate greed?s effect on the supply chain (with Rakeen Mabud)

Judging by the amount of downloads for this episode, we?d say it was our listeners? favorite from the past year. ?Did Corporate Greed Break the Supply Chain?? with Rakeen Mabud from the Groundwork Collaborative exposes how the supply chain was actually designed: not for reliably getting goods to people, but for maximizing profit. Unfortunately, that?s something many Americans came to realize in 2022 as prices skyrocketed and store shelves were left empty. This episode originally aired on March 22, 2022. Rakeen Mabud is the Chief Economist and Managing Director of Policy and Research at the Groundwork Collaborative. Twitter: @rakeen_mabud How We Broke the Supply Chain Corporations Raise Prices as Consumers Spend ?With a Vengeance? Opinion: Larry Summers Shares the Blame for Inflation Inflation causing financial strain for nearly half of U.S. households, poll finds Stock Buybacks Beat Capital Spending for Many Big Companies The stock market is punishing Walmart and Target for keeping costs low while the rest of the corporate sector prioritizes profits and makes inflation worse Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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CEO Pay is out of control (with Mark Kreidler)

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute looks into the salary and stock packages of America?s most overcompensated corporate titans and the numbers are staggering. According to journalist Mark Kreidler, who recently covered the report for Capital + Main, CEO paychecks are a huge contributor to inequality. He joins the podcast to share why more people would do better if CEOs were paid less. We want your questions for another ?Ask Me Anything? episode with Nick and Goldy! Call and leave us a voicemail at 731-388-9334. Mark Kreidler is a California-based writer, journalist, and broadcaster. He?s the author of three books, including Four Days to Glory. Twitter: @MarkKreidler For America?s Top-Ranked CEOs, Too Much Is Never Enough  CEO pay has skyrocketed 1,460% since 1978 Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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America isn?t lost, it?s Adrift (with Scott Galloway)

Inequality has grown so large that a number of pessimists believe America is lost. But Professor Scott Galloway argues that our nation is actually adrift, and in his latest book he explains what needs to be done to fix this imbalance and rebuild America?s foundations. Galloway joins Nick and Goldy for an honest conversation about age inequality, the middle class, corporate consolidation, and more. Scott Galloway is Professor of Marketing at NYU Stern School of Business and a serial entrepreneur. He is the bestselling author of Post Corona, The Four, The Algebra of Happiness, and most recently Adrift. Twitter: @profgalloway Adrift: America in 100 Charts   Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Fair Social Contracts (with Eric Beinhocker)

Human society is built on social contracts, but decades of neoliberalism have left many of our most fundamental contracts?worker power, social safety nets, trust in key institutions? in tatters. It?s no wonder that people are pissed off: without fairness, we can?t have cooperation, and without cooperation, we can?t have a strong economy? or a strong democracy. Can we restore the social contracts that served us so well, or has our sense of fairness been damaged beyond repair? Oxford economics professor Eric Beinhocker shares his latest research into the psychology and economics of cooperation. Eric Beinhocker is a Professor of Public Policy Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Executive Director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the University of Oxford?s Martin School. Twitter: @EricBeinhocker, @INETOxford Fair Social Contracts and the Foundations of Large-Scale Collaboration   INET Oxford Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Charting a new path forward (LIVE from EconCon Presents)

In one of the highlights of last week?s EconCon Presents event in Washington D.C., Washington Post columnist Perry Bacon Jr. convened an all-star panel of political experts. Maurice Mitchell, Faiz Shakir, and Anna Greenberg joined Bacon to share lessons learned from the midterm elections, and debate strategies for driving the progressive economic agenda forward in 2023 and beyond. Thanks to our friends at EconCon for sharing audio of this event for Pitchfork Economics listeners. For more information about upcoming EconCon events, follow them on Twitter: @EconConPresents.   Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Why we can't let Kroger buy Albertsons (with Stacy Mitchell)

Kroger wants to buy Albertsons and effectively become the second-largest grocery chain in the United States. This merger would result in less competition, rising grocery prices, and lower wages. Corporate greed has gotten us into this mess, but new federal anti-merger guidelines, and some tenacious Attorneys General, may just get us out. Returning guest Stacy Mitchell explains why mergers like this one are bad news for workers and shoppers alike. Stacy Mitchell is Co-Executive Director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a research and advocacy organization that challenges concentrated corporate power and works to build thriving, equitable communities. Twitter: @stacyfmitchell Institute for Local Self-Reliance:  Stacy Mitchell Responds to Kroger?s Bid to Buy Albertsons    Report: How New Federal Anti-merger Guidelines Can Roll Back Corporate Concentration and Build Local Power Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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The reality of voter suppression in America (with Andrea Hailey)

If there's one thing we learned from the far-right campaign against voting rights following the 2020 election, it's how fragile our democracy really is. That?s why we?re celebrating Election Day 2022 by revisiting our conversation with CEO Andrea Hailey, who explains how voter suppression happens and what reforms would help ensure a truly inclusive democracy. Don?t forget to vote! This episode originally aired in October 2021. Andrea Hailey is the CEO of, the nation?s largest nonpartisan digital voter engagement organization. Twitter: @AndreaEHailey  Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Chokepoint Capitalism (with Cory Doctorow and Rebecca Giblin)

Corporate concentration has strained the labor market for virtually all workers, but the resulting lack of competition has caused unique harm to the creative economy. Increasingly exploitative monopolies have rendered artists, authors, musicians, and other creative workers all but powerless. Novelist Cory Doctorow and intellectual property expert Rebecca Giblin discuss their new book, Chokepoint Capitalism, which documents the increasing tensions between extractive corporations and creative laborers, and offers solutions to help fight back against the devaluation of creativity. Cory Doctorow is a science fiction writer and activist, as well as a special advisor to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a visiting professor of computer science at the Open University and of library science at the University of North Carolina, and an MIT Media Lab research affiliate. Rebecca Giblin is an ARC Future Fellow and Professor at Melbourne Law School. She is Director of the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia and heads up the Author?s Interest and eLending projects. Twitter: @doctorow, @rgibli Chokepoint Capitalism: How Big Tech and Big Content Captured Creative Labor Markets and How We'll Win Them Back  Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Middle-Out Messaging for the Midterms (with Melissa Morales and Bobby Clark)

Economics is another form of storytelling?specifically, it?s the story of who gets what and why. And as the rise of trickle-down and middle-out economics shows us, telling the right story at the right time can transform the economy for a generation. The same is true for politics, but simple and easy-to-understand narratives are notoriously not a strength of Democratic politicians. That?s what the folks at the Winning Jobs Narrative Project are trying to fix. On this must-listen episode before the midterm elections, Bobby Clark and Melissa Morales explain why messaging matters to voters. Bobby Clark is a Communications Strategist who advises philanthropic and progressive advocacy organizations on investments in communications research, structures, and campaigns. Bobby led the team that developed the Winning Jobs Narrative. Twitter: @bobbyprogress Melissa Morales is the Founder and President of Somos Votantes (C4) & Somos PAC (527), which are currently running multi-million dollar Latino-focused electoral programs in battleground states ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. Twitter: @Melissa_in_DC The Winning Jobs Narrative Project Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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A brief history of Middle-Out Economics (with Michael Tomasky)

We?ve lived in the shadow of trickle-down economics for over 40 years. During that time, our leaders unquestioningly embraced economic policies that prioritize the wealthiest and most powerful, with the idea that their wealth will eventually "trickle down" to everyone else. Finally, a contrasting progressive economic understanding is beginning to take hold. Middle-out economics?the idea that prioritizing the working- and middle-class is better for everyone in the economy?is having a moment. But where did middle-out come from? Michael Tomasky?s new book chronicles the history of middle-out and the rise of progressive economics in the United States. Michael Tomasky is a journalist and author. He?s top editor of The New Republic, editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. Twitter: @mtomasky The Middle Out  Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Why won't trickle-down die? (with Mark Blyth)

While President Biden has embraced middle-out economics here in the states, the UK?s new leaders have decided to enthusiastically revive trickle-down economics. Political economist Mark Blyth, who teaches International Economics, shares his thoughts on the United Kingdom?s troubling new budget policies, certainty?s role in building an economy, and much more on this wide-ranging episode.  Mark Blyth is Director of the William R. Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance. He?s a professor, author, and political economist. His latest book, Diminishing Returns, is out now. Twitter: @MkBlyth   Forget trickle down, what the UK needs is middle-out economics   Angrynomics by Mark Blyth and Eric Lonergan   Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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How to repair the housing crisis (with Jenny Schuetz)

The United States is in the midst of a housing crisis. Prices are skyrocketing, supply is dwindling, and wages haven't kept up with cost of living. It's a complicated problem, but the good news is that many of its solutions are relatively simple. Jenny Schuetz literally wrote the book on how good policy solutions can help resolve some of the worst pressures on our stressed housing market.   Jenny Schuetz is a Senior Fellow at Brookings Metro, and is an expert in urban economics and housing policy. She?s also the author of a new book, Fixer-Upper: How to Repair America?s Broken Housing Systems. Twitter: @jenny_schuetz Fixer-Upper: How to Repair America's Broken Housing Systems    Don?t Think of a Recession Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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How student loan forgiveness rebuilds the economy from the middle out (with Marshall Steinbaum)

President Biden recently announced his plan for student loan forgiveness. It?s a policy that helps build the economy from the middle out by erasing some of the 1.7 trillion dollars in debt that?s holding Americans back. Economist Marshall Steinbaum, who has spent most of his career researching student debt, explains why this forgiveness plan is a great start?and why Biden can, and should, do more. Marshall Steinbaum is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Utah and a Senior Fellow in Higher Education Finance at Jain Family Institute. Twitter: @Econ_Marshall The Student Debt Crisis is a Crisis of Non-Repayment A Middle-Out Education  Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Measuring long Covid's impact on the labor market (with Katie Bach)

Millions of Americans are being kept out of the workforce due to the lingering effects of Covid, resulting in billions of dollars in lost wages and productivity. How is this affecting our economy? Returning guest Katie Bach shares the findings from her new report which outlines just how severe the labor market effects of long Covid have become. Kathryn Bach is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute and the CBO of &pizza. Twitter: @kathrynsbach New data shows long Covid is keeping as many as 4 million people out of work Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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We need to fix overtime pay in America (with Marcus Baram)

If you're a salaried worker, chances are you're no longer eligible for the overtime pay that you would have received 40 years ago. A robust federal overtime standard used to serve as a kind of minimum wage for the middle class, providing both a valuable source of extra income and a shield of protection for the 40-hour workweek. When he interviewed workers around the country, Journalist Marcus Baram learned firsthand why we must raise the overtime threshold and restore overtime protections for American workers.  Marcus Baram is a journalist and author who has written for The New Yorker, The WSJ, Capital & Main, and more Twitter: @mbaram (Full disclosure: Civic Ventures is a partial funder of Capital & Main's inequality reporting project.) Who Killed Overtime Pay?  America Gave Up on Overtime Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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How the Inflation Reduction Act benefits the middle class (with Rose Khattar)

The Inflation Reduction Act may be smaller than the original Build Back Better plan, but it still represents a huge leap forward in middle-out economic thinking. The IRA addresses out-of-control healthcare costs, it helps build a fairer tax code, and it combats the climate crisis. It?s a huge win for the Biden administration and, more importantly, for the middle class. Economist Rose Khattar breaks down the many benefits of the IRA on our first episode back from summer break. Rose Khattar is the Associate Director of Economic Analysis at the Center for American Progress.  Twitter: @rose_khattar Top 11 Benefits of the Inflation Reduction Act I Helped Coin the Phrase ?Middle-Out Economics?, Biden is Making It a Reality  How the Inflation Reduction Act could help normal Americans fight rising costs Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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The limits of the market (with Joseph Stiglitz)

One of the central theories of classical economics is that markets respond quickly and efficiently to changes in demand. But the supply chain disruptions that left store shelves empty for much of the pandemic demonstrate that the markets aren?t the efficient adapters that classic economists believe them to be. Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz explains why the tendency to believe in the market is one of the most deeply rooted trickle-down myths, and why government intervention is the best way to respond to economic downturns. This episode was originally released in May 2020. Joseph Stiglitz is a Nobel laureate economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is also the co-chair of the High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress at the OECD, and the Chief Economist of the Roosevelt Institute. Twitter: @JosephEStiglitz People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent: Four Priorities for Pandemic Relief Efforts: Why Our Affluent Society Is Facing Shortages in the Face of the Coronavirus Pandemic: Deficit Lessons for the Pandemic From the 2008 Crisis: How the Economy Will Look After the Coronavirus Pandemic: Top economist: US coronavirus response is like ?third world? country: Website:  Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Why essential work is essentially forced labor (with Suresh Naidu)

What became known as ?essential work? during the pandemic was really just forced labor, according to labor market economist Suresh Naidu. He shares employers' secret tricks for manipulating the labor market and explains how powerless most workers have become as a result. This episode was originally released in September 2020. Suresh Naidu is a professor of economics and international and public affairs at Columbia University as well as a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, external faculty at the Santa Fe Institute, and a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Twitter: @snaidunl ?Essential? workers are just forced laborers:  Website:  Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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How inequality cost workers $50 trillion (with Carter Price)

Did you know that since 1975 a staggering $50 trillion has been diverted from the paychecks of working Americans to the pockets of the wealthiest 1%? That shocking number was discovered in a groundbreaking study done by the RAND Corporation that finally put a price tag on the massive inequality we?ve seen in America over the last 40 years. This episode was originally released in September 2020. Carter C. Price is a senior mathematician at the RAND Corporation. Twitter: @CarterCPrice The Top 1% of Americans Have Taken $50 Trillion From the Bottom 90% ? And That?s Made the U.S. Less Secure: ?We were shocked?: RAND study uncovers massive income shift to the top 1%: Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Reclaiming conservative economics (with Oren Cass)

These days "conservative economics" can mean anything from strict libertarianism to formless Trumpism. But what were the foundations of American conservatism? According to Oren Cass, the executive director of a think tank called American Compass, the answer is simple: family, community, and industry. He shares his mission to reclaim American conservatism and joins Nick and Goldy in a search for some common ground. This episode was originally released in December 2020. Oren Cass is the executive director of American Compass, whose mission is to restore an economic orthodoxy that emphasizes the importance of faith, community, and industry to the nation?s liberty and prosperity. He is the author of ?The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America?. Twitter: @oren_cass Workers of the World: The elite needs to give up its GDP fetish: Oren Cass on the future of economics and society: Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Mission Economy (with Mariana Mazzucato)

What do the internet and COVID vaccines have in common? Neither would be possible without the work of DARPA, a mission-focused federal agency responsible for funding research and development. Professor Mariana Mazzucato explains that our economy would be better off if more government agencies adopted DARPA?s mission-oriented approach. This episode was originally released in May 2021. You can find the show notes and transcript for that episode here. Mariana Mazzucato is a Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London, where she is Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. She is the author of three highly-acclaimed books: The Entrepreneurial State, The Value of Everything, and Mission Economy. Twitter: @MazzucatoM Mission Economy:  It?s 2023. Here?s how we fixed the global economy: DARPA?s early investment in COVID-19 antibody identification producing timely results: Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick's twitter: @NickHanauer
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How American tax policy fosters racial inequality (with Dorothy A. Brown)

While most Americans know that our tax system advantages wealthy white families, not as many people realize how much it also actively disadvantages Black families. Tax law professor Dorothy Brown breaks down how racial inequality is built into U.S. tax policy and how we can try to fix it. This episode was originally released in November 2021. Dorothy A. Brown is professor of law at Emory University School of Law. She is a nationally recognized scholar in tax policy, race, and class and has published extensively on the racial implications of federal tax policy. She is the author of The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans ? And How We Can Fix It. Twitter: @DorothyABrown The Whiteness of Wealth: Black families pay significantly higher property taxes than white families, new analysis shows: Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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We can redefine worker power (with Elizabeth Anderson)

What are the ethical limits of the market? How do we shift the balances of power back towards workers? What does true freedom really look like? Nick and Goldy explore these questions and more in a fascinating conversation with Philosophy Professor, Elizabeth Anderson. This episode was originally released in September 2020. Elizabeth Anderson is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women?s Studies at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don?t Talk About It), and a recipient of the 2019 MacArthur Fellowship. Private Government: The philosopher redefining equality: Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Can corporations help repair society? (with Ben & Jerry)

Business leaders can use their power and resources to make meaningful change, but should they? Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the founders of iconic ice cream brand Ben & Jerry?s, have navigated the landscape between business and activism since the 1970?s. They share their thoughts and experiences as well as their latest mission: ending qualified immunity.  This episode was originally recorded and released in April 2021. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield are the co-founders of Ben & Jerry?s Ice Cream. They?re also leaders of the Campaign to End Qualified Immunity, a police reform and criminal justice campaign. Ben?s twitter: @YoBenCohen Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Ask Nick Anything

Nick and Goldy answer more of your questions! What?s the deal with cryptocurrency? How are people still saying that inflation was caused by the stimulus? Is capitalism better than market socialism? Plus some summer reading recommendations and an important podcast announcement. If you have questions for a future AMA episode, leave us a voicemail at 731-388-9334. Why This Computer Scientist Says All Cryptocurrency Should ?Die in a Fire?  Consumers deserve an inflation rebate (with Congressman Ro Khanna)  Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Has Chile defeated neoliberalism? (with Marcelo Casals)

Chile has a proud tradition of protests, but the unrest of 2019 was different. More than a million people took to the streets to protest their nation?s vast inequality. The uprising made international news, unseated a neoliberal dictatorship, and led to the election of a new president?but did it also create lasting change? Chilean historian Marcelo Casals catches us up on the latest developments in Chile?s battle against neoliberalism. Marcelo Casals is an independent scholar based in Santiago. He holds a PhD in Latin American history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and recently wrote an article for Dissent Magazine titled, ?The End of Neoliberalism in Chile?? Twitter: @Palquelea The End of Neoliberalism in Chile?  Gabriel Boric: From student protest leader to Chile?s president: ?Chile Woke Up?: Dictatorship?s Legacy of Inequality Triggers Mass Protests:  The texture piece is from 2019 and is courtesy of Gustavo de la Piedra, a listener from Santiago, Chile. The news clips are sourced from the news station France 24.  Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Marshall Plan for Moms (with Reshma Saujani)

Millions of Americans lost their jobs because of the pandemic. While men have returned to their pre-pandemic level of employment, a million women are still missing from the workforce. Without access to paid maternity leave and affordable child care, women are choosing to stay home ? or being forced to. It?s time for a more inclusive economic recovery. Reshma Saujani, the Founder of Girls Who Code and the Marshall Plan for Moms, has a plan to get us there. Reshma Saujani is the founder of Girls Who Code and the Marshall Plan for Moms. She?s also an author of several books, her latest is called Pay Up: The Future of Women and Work (and Why It's Different Than You Think) Twitter: @reshmasaujani McKinsey - Meeting the challenge of moms? ?double double shift? at home and work:  The Business Case for Child Care:  Marshall Plan for Moms  Pay Up  House Resolution 121   Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick?s twitter: @NickHanauer
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