The Debt Dialogues [Episode 32]: John Cochrane on Inequality

The Debt Dialogues is a weekly podcast that aims to educate young people about the welfare state and how it will affect their future. In this episode, I interview John Cochrane, University of Chicago economist and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, on the campaign to limit economic inequality. Topics covered include:


  • Whether inequality undermines economic growth
  • Whether middle class incomes have stagnated
  • What lessons we can and can’t draw from the post-World War II era of low inequality and high growth
  • Economic inequality and financial crises
  • Whether inequality leads to political instability


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