The Great Reversal: How America Gave Up on Free Markets [Audiobook]

The Great Reversal: How America Gave Up on Free Markets [Audiobook]
The Great Reversal: How America Gave Up on Free Markets [Audiobook] by Thomas Philippon, read by Walter Dixon
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10h 1m | 276.67MB

Why are cellphone plans so much more expensive in the United States than in Europe? It seems a simple question. But the search for an answer took Thomas Philippon on an unexpected journey through some of the most complex and hotly debated issues in modern economics. Ultimately, he reached a surprising conclusion: American markets, once a model for the world, are giving up on healthy competition. Sector after economic sector is more concentrated than it was 20 years ago, dominated by fewer and bigger players who lobby politicians aggressively to protect and expand their profit margins. Across the country, this drives up prices while driving down investment, productivity, growth, and wages, resulting in more inequality.

Meanwhile, Europe - long dismissed for competitive sclerosis and weak antitrust - is beating America at its own game. Philippon, one of the world's leading financial economists, did not expect these conclusions in the age of Silicon Valley start-ups and millennial millionaires. But the data from his cutting-edge research proved undeniable. In this compelling tale of economic detective work, we follow him as he works out the basic facts and consequences of industry concentration in the US and Europe, shows how lobbying and campaign contributions have defanged antitrust regulators, and considers what all this means for free trade, technology, and innovation. For the sake of ordinary Americans, he concludes, government needs to return to what it once did best: keeping the playing field level for competition.

Amazon: How the World’s Most Relentless Retailer Will Continue to Revolutionize Commerce [Audiobook]

Amazon: How the World’s Most Relentless Retailer Will Continue to Revolutionize Commerce [Audiobook]
Amazon: How the World’s Most Relentless Retailer Will Continue to Revolutionize Commerce [Audiobook] by Natalie Berg, Miya Knights, read by Kelly Burke
2019 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 10 hours | 545.74MB

The retail industry is facing unprecedented challenges. Across all sectors and markets, retailers are shifting their business models and customer engagement strategies to ensure their survival. The rise of online shopping, and its primary player, Amazon, is at the heart of many of these changes and opportunities. Amazon explores the e-commerce giant's strategies, providing original insight at a time when the company is on the cusp of revolutionizing itself even further.

Amazon's relentless dissatisfaction with the status quo is what makes it such an extraordinary retailer. This audiobook explores whether Amazon has what it takes to become a credible grocery retailer, and as it transitions to bricks and mortar retailing, explores whether Amazon's stores can be as compelling as its online offering and if innovations such as voice technology, checkout-free stores, and its Prime ecosystem will fundamentally change the way consumers shop.

Written by industry-leading retail analysts who have spent decades providing research-based analysis and opinion, Amazon analyzes the impact these initiatives will have on the wider retail sector and the lessons that can be learned from its unprecedented rise to dominance, as stores of the future become less about transactions and more about experiences.

Licence to be Bad: How Economics Corrupted Us [Audiobook]

Licence to be Bad: How Economics Corrupted Us [Audiobook]
Licence to be Bad: How Economics Corrupted Us [Audiobook] by Jonathan Aldred, read by Charlie Anson
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10h 48m | 297.04MB

Over the past 50 years, the way we value what is 'good' and 'right' has changed dramatically. Behaviour that to our grandparents' generation might have seemed stupid, harmful or simply wicked now seems rational, natural, woven into the very logic of things. And, asserts Jonathan Aldred in this revelatory new book, it's economics that's to blame.

Licence to be Bad tells the story of how a group of economics theorists changed our world and how a handful of key ideas seeped into our decision-making and, indeed, almost all aspects of our lives. Aldred reveals the extraordinary hold of economics on our morals and values. Economics has corrupted us. But if this hidden transformation is so recent, it can be reversed. Licence to be Bad shows us where to begin.

Good Economics for Hard Times: Better Answers to Our Biggest Problems [Audiobook]

Good Economics for Hard Times: Better Answers to Our Biggest Problems [Audiobook]
Good Economics for Hard Times: Better Answers to Our Biggest Problems [Audiobook] by Abhijit V Banerjee, Esther Duflo, read by James Lurie
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 14h 45m | 408.53MB

The winners of the Nobel Prize show how economics, when done right, can help us solve the thorniest social and political problems of our day.

Figuring out how to deal with today's critical economic problems is perhaps the great challenge of our time. Much greater than space travel or perhaps even the next revolutionary medical breakthrough, what is at stake is the whole idea of the good life as we have known it.

Immigration and inequality, globalization and technological disruption, slowing growth and accelerating climate change - these are sources of great anxiety across the world, from New Delhi and Dakar to Paris and Washington, DC. The resources to address these challenges are there - what we lack are ideas that will help us jump the wall of disagreement and distrust that divides us. If we succeed, history will remember our era with gratitude; if we fail, the potential losses are incalculable.

In this revolutionary book, renowned MIT economists Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo take on this challenge, building on cutting-edge research in economics explained with lucidity and grace. Original, provocative, and urgent, Good Economics for Hard Times makes a persuasive case for an intelligent interventionism and a society built on compassion and respect. It is an extraordinary achievement, one that shines a light to help us appreciate and understand our precariously balanced world.

The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay [Audiobook]

The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay [Audiobook]
The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay [Audiobook] by Emmanuel Saez, Gabriel Zucman, read by Steve Menasche
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7h 39m | 215.42MB

America's runaway inequality has an engine: our unjust tax system.

Even as they became fabulously wealthy, the ultra-rich have seen their taxes collapse to levels last seen in the 1920s. Meanwhile, working-class Americans have been asked to pay more. The Triumph of Injustice presents a forensic investigation into this dramatic transformation, written by two economists who revolutionized the study of inequality. Eschewing anecdotes and case studies, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman offer a comprehensive view of America's tax system, based on new statistics covering all taxes paid at all levels of government. Their conclusion? For the first time in more than a century, billionaires now pay lower tax rates than their secretaries.

Blending history and cutting-edge economic analysis, and writing in lively and jargon-free prose, Saez and Zucman dissect the deliberate choices (and sins of indecision) that have brought us to today: the gradual exemption of capital owners; the surge of a new tax avoidance industry; and the spiral of tax competition among nations. With clarity and concision, they explain how America turned away from the most progressive tax system in history to embrace policies that only serve to compound the wealth of a few.

Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way Through the Unfree World [Audiobook]

Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way Through the Unfree World [Audiobook]
Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way Through the Unfree World [Audiobook] by Robert Lawson, Benjamin Powell, read by John Pruden
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 4h 25m | 121.67MB

Do We Have to Say It Again? Socialism Sucks!

Apparently we do. Because today millions of Americans—young and old—are flocking to the socialist banner and chanting, “What do we want? Socialism—the economic system that has impoverished people everywhere and resulted in the deaths of tens of millions! And when do we want it? Now!”

Really?

Most people seem somehow to have missed Economics 101 and don’t understand that socialism isn’t nice, cuddly government that takes care of everything for you so that you can remain an adolescent forever. No, we’ve seen it tried over and over again with catastrophic consequences.

Luckily, two semi-sober economists have toured the socialist world so you don’t have to. And they’ve come back with this stunning report: Socialism Sucks!

Along the way, you’ll learn:

  • Why the so-called Swedish model might be attractive, but sure isn’t socialism (Sweden is capitalism with a big welfare state)
  • How socialist Venezuela went from being the toast of liberals everywhere—Viva Venezuela!—to being just toast
  • Why you never see new cars in Cuba
  • Why no one forgets to turn out the lights in North Korea (hint: there aren’t any)
  • Why American socialists have no idea what socialism really is

How hard it is to find good beer—or sometimes any beer at all—in socialist countries

Irreverent but honest economists Robert Lawson and Benjamin Powell have all the data—and even more important, the firsthand global experience—to affirm that socialism fails to deliver on any of the utopian promises it makes and instead is very bad for your economic (and other) health. This is a book that every American who values freedom and sound economics (and good beer) needs to read.

Firefighting: The Financial Crisis and Its Lessons [Audiobook]

Firefighting: The Financial Crisis and Its Lessons [Audiobook]
Firefighting: The Financial Crisis and Its Lessons [Audiobook] by Ben S Bernanke, Timothy F Geithner, Henry M. Paulson, read by Mark Deakins
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 4h 43m | 129.96MB

From the three primary architects of the American policy response to the worst economic catastrophe since the Great Depression, a magnificent big-picture synthesis - from why it happened to where we are now.

In 2018, Ben Bernanke, Tim Geithner, and Hank Paulson came together to reflect on the lessons of the 2008 financial crisis 10 years on. Recognizing that, as Ben put it, "the enemy is forgetting", they examine the causes of the crisis, why it was so damaging, and what it ultimately took to prevent a second Great Depression. And they provide to their successors in the US and the finance ministers and central bank governors of other countries a valuable playbook for reducing the damage from future financial crises.

Firefighting provides a candid and powerful account of the choices they and their teams made during the crisis, working under two presidents and with the leaders of Congress.

Russia's Crony Capitalism: The Path from Market Economy to Kleptocracy [Audiobook]

Russia's Crony Capitalism: The Path from Market Economy to Kleptocracy [Audiobook]
Russia's Crony Capitalism: The Path from Market Economy to Kleptocracy [Audiobook] by Anders Aslund, read by Roger Clark
2019 | M4B@128 kbps | 12h 28m | 679.41MB

A penetrating look into the extreme plutocracy Vladimir Putin has created and its implications for Russia's future...

This insightful study explores how the economic system Vladimir Putin has developed in Russia works to consolidate control over the country. By appointing his close associates as heads of state enterprises and by giving control of the FSB and the judiciary to his friends from the KGB, he has enriched his business friends from Saint Petersburg with preferential government deals. Thus, Putin has created a super wealthy and loyal plutocracy that owes its existence to authoritarianism.

Much of this wealth has been hidden in offshore havens in the United States and the United Kingdom, where companies with anonymous owners and black money transfers are allowed to thrive. Though beneficial to a select few, this system has left Russia's economy in untenable stagnation, which Putin has tried to mask through military might.

An Economist Walks into a Brothel: And Other Unexpected Places to Understand Risk [Audiobook]

An Economist Walks into a Brothel: And Other Unexpected Places to Understand Risk [Audiobook]
An Economist Walks into a Brothel: And Other Unexpected Places to Understand Risk [Audiobook] by Allison Schrager, read by Holly Palance
2019 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 7h 32m | 209.16/1.12MB

Is it worth swimming in shark-infested waters to surf a 50-foot, career-record wave?

Is it riskier to make an action movie or a horror movie?

Should sex workers forfeit 50 percent of their income for added security or take a chance and keep the extra money?

Most people wouldn't expect an economist to have an answer to these questions - or to other questions of daily life, such as who to date or how early to leave for the airport. But those people haven't met Allison Schrager, an economist and award-winning journalist who has spent her career examining how people manage risk in their lives and careers.

Whether we realize it or not, we all take risks large and small every day. Even the most cautious among us cannot opt out - the question is always which risks to take, not whether to take them at all. What most of us don't know is how to measure those risks and maximize the chances of getting what we want out of life.

In An Economist Walks into a Brothel, Schrager equips listeners with five principles for dealing with risk, principles used by some of the world's most interesting risk takers. For instance, she interviews a professional poker player about how to stay rational when the stakes are high, a paparazzo in Manhattan about how to spot different kinds of risk, horse breeders in Kentucky about how to diversify risk and minimize losses, and a war general who led troops in Iraq about how to prepare for what we don't see coming.

When you start to look at risky decisions through Schrager's new framework, you can increase the upside to any situation and better mitigate the downsides.

Big Mistakes: The Best Investors and Their Worst Investments [Audiobook]

Big Mistakes: The Best Investors and Their Worst Investments [Audiobook]
Big Mistakes: The Best Investors and Their Worst Investments [Audiobook] by Michael Batnick, read by Steve Menasche
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6h 13m | 171.52/0.43MB

Big Mistakes: The Best Investors and Their Worst Investments explores the ways in which the biggest names have failed and reveals the lessons learned that shaped more successful strategies going forward.

Investing can be a roller-coaster of highs and lows, and the investors detailed here reveal just how low it can go; stories from Warren Buffet, Bill Ackman, Chris Sacca, Jack Bogle, Mark Twain, John Maynard Keynes, and many more illustrate the simple but overlooked concept that investing is really hard, whether you're managing a few thousand dollars or a few billion. Failures and losses are part of the game. Much more than just anecdotal diversion, these stories set the basis for the book's critical focus: learning from mistakes. These investors all recovered from their missteps and moved forward armed with a wealth of knowledge than can only come from experience. Lessons learned through failure carry a weight that no textbook can convey and in the case of these legendary investors, informed a set of skills and strategy that propelled them to the top.

Research-heavy and grounded in realism, this book is a must-listen for any investor looking to maximize their chances of success.

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