logo

30 May 2017

logo

Glenn Loury (Brown University) and Louis Putterman (Brown University, The Good, the Bad, and the Economy)

Louis Putterman joins Glenn to discuss his new book, The Good, the Bad, and the Economy. Louis explains what China’s experience of Maoism and capitalism tells us about human nature. He describes recent experimental work that shows the limits of the selfish-rational-actor model, noting that human beings are social animals with motivations that are more complicated, and more interesting, than the rational pursuit of self-interest. Glenn and Louis explain the irrational side of reciprocity. Louis reviews his research linking the strength of a nation’s institutions with how much its citizens trust each other. They draw some surprising conclusions from South Korea’s “cram schools.” They conclude by speculating that the emergence of the norm favoring gender equality may be an instance where egalitarian human values are winning out over human nature.

Play entire video
Recorded:Jul 6    Posted:Jul 11, 2012
Download:
mp4
mp3
The Glenn Show | Jul 11, 2012 | Glenn Loury & Louis Putterman

The DMZ

It’s never too early to talk 2020!

playvideo screenshot

Matt Lewis assesses Bill Scher’s outrageously early guide to the next presidential election. Plus: Those gun-loving Democrats.

Global Dispatches

A country by men, for men

playvideo screenshot

Jill Filipovic, author of the new book The H-Spot, on changing public policy to make women’s happiness a priority.

The Glenn Show

Can Republicans pass their “Better Way” tax plan?

playvideo screenshot

Economist Laurence Kotlikoff on why the House bill is unlikely to gain bipartisan support.

Foreign Entanglements

Will South Korea bring back its “Sunshine Policy”?

playvideo screenshot

Ankit Panda on whether South Korea’s new president will pursue friendlier relations with Kim Jong-un. Plus: Kim Jong-un’s new missile: Better, stronger, faster?

MeaningofLife.tv

Making new friends through common enemies

playvideo screenshot

Psychologist Jay Van Bavel on the roots of partisan­ship. Plus: How cognitive biases shape our reality.

Play this clip on MeaningofLife.tv

Electioneering as a religious practice

playvideo screenshot

Levi McLaughlin explains how Japan’s largest “new religion” influences legislation. Plus: The “nation-state” religion.

Foreign Entanglements

The Brazilian scandals that won’t go away

playvideo screenshot

Historian Colin Snider on new information that could bring down President Michel Temer.

The DMZ

Is this the beginning of the end for GOP power?

playvideo screenshot

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis consider whether Trump is dooming his party’s electoral chances. Plus: What Roger Ailes wrought.

The Wright Show

Why China won’t stop Kim Jong-un

playvideo screenshot

Arms control expert Jeffrey Lewis on China’s strategy for dealing with North Korea’s nuclear program. Plus: How do you solve a problem like North Korea?

MeaningofLife.tv

Ancient self-help

playvideo screenshot

Philosopher Massimo Pigliucci uses Stoicism to counsel people on letting things go. Plus: Stoicism—the Swiss Army knife of philosophies!

Play this clip on MeaningofLife.tv