Benchmark Podcast

A weekly podcast that examines the inner workings of the global economy.

  • Episode 28: China’s Demographic Time Bomb

    Mar 10, 2016

    Worries about China’s slowdown have dominated headlines the beginning of the year. But beneath the day-to-day volatility is a simmering crisis: A rapidly aging population and an already shrink ...

  • Episode 27: Can Slow Growth and the American Dream Coexist?

    Mar 3, 2016

    Presidential candidates including Donald Trump, Bernie and Jeb Bush have touted plans that will inspire growth twice as fast as what the U.S. has seen during the recovery. But can they actua ...

  • Episode 26: What’s Holding India Back?

    Feb 25, 2016

    India has the world’s fastest-growing major economy and population that’s on course to be the world’s largest -- eclipsing China -- within a decade. The nation’s leaders are just as ambitious, lau ...

  • Episode 25: Negative Rates -- Another (Delayed) 2008 Hangover

    Feb 18, 2016

    The Bank of Japan’s new rules on negative interest rates into effect this week, with a quarter of the global economy now run by central banks that have deployed this unorthodox tool to stimulat ...

  • Episode 24: The World’s Best Country for Working Women

    Feb 11, 2016

    If there’s one place in the world that’s close to cracking secret on gender equality, it’s Norway. But even this Scandinavian utopia has some way to go. Bloomberg Oslo correspondent Saleha Mohsi ...

  • Episode 23: Kill A Mosquito, Help The Global Economy

    Feb 4, 2016

    Mosquitoes don’t have very many redeeming qualities. They our blood, they make us itch and they carry illnesses like Zika, a virus that’s exploding across Latin America. They can also do some ...

  • Episode 22: Has Cheap Oil Become Bad For The Economy?

    Jan 28, 2016

    The U.S. is awash in inexpensive oil. That’s usually been a for the economy, because even though energy companies get squeezed, drivers get a break at the pump. Now, that relationship’s gotten ...

  • Episode 21: What Are Your Odds of Becoming a Millionaire?

    Jan 21, 2016

    Who wants to be a millionaire? Most people we know, at least. But individuals’ odds of accumulating that much wealth wildly as race, age and education are factored in, according to an exclus ...

  • Episode 20: Stocks are Melting Down. Is The Economy Next?

    Jan 14, 2016

    Financial markets around the world have been rocked as worry that a slowdown in China will spread to other nations as well. But how closely is the stock market actually linked to what’s ha ...

  • Episode 19: 7 Economics Tricks To Help Keep Resolutions

    Jan 7, 2016

    Every year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions. Every year, millions fail, often wasting money and working against their best interest in the process. That doesn’t sound very rational. Katy Milkman, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, joins Aki and Tori to walk through seven proven strategies to stay on target by harnessing economics research aimed at saving us from ourselves.

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