Bridges to the Future

Should we ignore economic theory?

Episode Summary

There's an old joke about economists that goes something like this: 'it works well in practise, but does it work in theory?'. Economic theories and models are slavishly relied upon by successive governments to determine tax rises, minimum wage rates, and much more. Investigative reporter, Tom Bergin, believes it's time for a rethink. In this podcast, he explains why.

Episode Notes

Global crises cause big changes and reveal deep structural weaknesses.  

In this special interview series from the RSA its chief executive, Matthew Taylor, puts a range of practitioners on the spot - from scholars to business leaders, politicians to journalists - by asking for one big idea to help build effective bridges to our new future.

Tom Bergin is an investigative reporter with the Reuters news agency and the author of Free Lunch Thinking: How Economics Ruins the Economy

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