Episode 28: The Economics of Star Trek (Part 1)

Kurt calls up economy professor Matt Dobra again, this time to discuss the economy of the Federation from the world of Star Trek.  They famously say they do not use money in the future, and we dive into whether or not that would work.  Learn about post-scarcity, the hedonic treadmill, and other economic terms through the lens of one of the most famous science fiction franchises of all time!

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Episode 12: Wakandan Econ

In order to answer a listener's question about the economics of Wakanda, home of the Black Panther, Kurt talks to economics professor Dr. Matt Dobra about how the economics of Wakanda would (or would not) work in the real world.  Learn about Dutch Disease, the Resource Curse, and more, through the lens of pop culture!

Long live the King!

Long live the King!

Pretty close to where I said in the episode, just a little farther east.

Pretty close to where I said in the episode, just a little farther east.

In the movies, this shield is made of pure vibranium. In the comics...that's a little more complicated. Ask me about it sometime!

In the movies, this shield is made of pure vibranium. In the comics...that's a little more complicated. Ask me about it sometime!