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January 26, 2023

IPI Policy Basics: The Role of Layoffs in the Economy (Audio: Podcast)

No one wants to be involuntarily released from their employment, but in a growing economy, layoffs represent the redeployment of human capital from less-productive to more-productive uses. With this understanding, policymakers should make it as easy as possible for people to change jobs and forms of income generation. Any policy that makes it harder to change jobs, start a business, or work a “gig economy” job creates friction slowing down the most efficient deployment of human capital. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

November 23, 2022

The Grave Threat of an Impending Rail Strike on the U.S. Economy (Audio: Podcast)

In the face of a threatened freight rail strike, just as the country is pulling out of supply chain problems, IPI records a special timely podcast episode with experts on the issue: Daniel Ogden, Professor of Global Trade and Supply Chain at Baylor University, and Jerry Glass of F+H Solutions Group, a management and labor consulting organization. Why is a strike threatened? Are the unions being reasonable? What can the Biden administration or Congress do? And how much damage to the economy might result from a strike? With the able assistance of IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews and IPI President Tom Giovanetti.

October 14, 2022

Progressive Policies are Backfiring on Democrats at the Mid-Term Election (Audio: Podcast)

There are four major policy areas—inflation, crime, the border, and gas prices—that voters have identified as their top concerns at the midterm election, and all four of these are areas where Democrats gave free rein to the progressive left, and having sowed the wind, are poised to reap the whirlwind. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

September 9, 2022

Why University Endowments Should Be the Primary Source of Student Loans (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar discusses his recent op/ed about how requiring Universities to invest in their students and have “skin in the game” would change the incentives for universities in several positive ways. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti.

September 5, 2022

Is Inflation Going Away with Don Luskin (Audio: Podcast)

Don Luskin, Chief Investment Officer of TrendMacro, explains why inflation is already in decline and is going to recede faster than most have expected. With IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews and IPI President Tom Giovanetti.

August 25, 2022

Government Spending Has Become One Big Fraud-Fest (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews expands on his recent piece for The Hill outlining the enormous sums of money that the federal government itself has acknowledged as improper payments. Hint: It’s close to a trillion dollars! With IPI President Tom Giovanetti.

August 12, 2022

IPI Policy Basics: Geoeconomics (Audio: Podcast)

Research Fellow Professor Daniel Ogden talks with IPI President Tom Giovanetti about “geoeconomics,” or how countries pursue their interests not through military or diplomacy, but through economic means.

July 29, 2022

IPI Policy Basics: What Is a Supply Chain? (Audio: Podcast)

Lots of chatter lately about supply chain problems, so the Institute for Policy Innovation is proud to host Research Fellow Prof. Daniel Ogden, (among other things) Adjunct Instructor of International Business at Baylor University, to explain the basics. In conversation with IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

July 22, 2022

IPI Policy Basics: What Is a Recession and Why Does It Matter? (Audio: Podcast)

In this episode, IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews discuss the various definitions of recession, what causes recessions, what’s the harm of recession, and are there any possible silver linings to a recession? Are recessions always unintentional, or are they sometimes intentional?

July 15, 2022

Declining Numbers in the Government Workforce (Audio: Interview)

IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses with Pratt on Texas the decline in the number of government workers, as well as gasoline prices and the Biden Administration.

Total Records: 199