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Crypto Motherhood (with Hester Peirce)

Crypto assets are becoming mainstream. Tens of millions of Americans own them. SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce, affectionately known as crypto mom for her pioneering thoughts on how digital assets should be treated by regulators, joins this episode to discuss their meteoric rise, potential future treatment by the SEC, and other views in this now $2 […]

The Aftermath of 9/11: A Discussion on Domestic Politics, Values and Civil Liberties

Show Notes: The Pew survey on American exceptionalism: The USS Cole was attacked on October 12, 2000. The shoe bomber was caught on December 22, 2001. The authorization of force in Iraq:

How Madoff Changed the SEC (with Stephen L. Cohen)

Bernie Madoff perpetrated the largest investment fraud in U.S. history. The SEC never knew, and its revelation shook the agency to its core. Former Enforcement attorney Stephen L. Cohen was put in charge of building the system to keep it from happening again. He joins this episode to reflect on the events that led from […]

Open Borders

This episode we had the pleasure of being joined by Bryan Caplan, a professor of economics from George Mason University. Bryan gamely answered questions from Carlos, Greg, and Steve (who may have been a tad too excited and dominated the early question asking). Notes This podcast is based on Bryan Caplan’s book ‘Open Borders: The […]

Inside SEC Enforcement (with Stephanie Avakian)

Former SEC Director of Enforcement, Stephanie Avakian, explains how legal actions are brought against those alleged to have engaged in market misconduct, the role of politically appointed Commissioners in deciding the actions, and how the process is changing with the new administration.

In Pursuit of Evidence-Based Policy (with Christian Leuz)

One of the most influential academic researchers on analyses that inform financial market policy is University of Chicago professor Christian Leuz. His peer-reviewed publications have informed 19 different policy actions spanning both democratic and republican administrations. In this episode, he explains what government regulators and academics need to do, to be even better, at implementing […]

Reflections of a SEC Chief Economist (with SP Kothari)

Listen to MIT Professor SP Kothari talk about leading the economic division at the SEC during the Trump administration. He shares views on regulating markets during a pandemic, criticism received, and a host of issues from taxes and inflation to share repurchases and accounting for social equity in cost benefit analyses.

Poverty, Homelessness, Minimum Wage & Measurement

Welcome to the second episode of Free Lunch!  This week featured Carlos, Greg, Scott, and Steve talking about poverty, homelessness, the minimum wage, and measurement issues. As Greg notes at the end, if you think we’ve missed something please email us at Show Notes Salem Center Events Referenced Valentin Bolotnyy and Natalia Emanuel’s excellent paper “Why Do Women Earn […]

Age of BlackRock (with Barbara Novick)

BlockRock co-founder, Barbara Novick, talks about the firm’s journey to a $9 trillion AUM, experiences from the global financial crisis, and how she started the global policy group and became a leading voice on financial market reform.