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Women in Economics: Lisa D. Cook

September 22, 2021

Economist Lisa D. Cook says excluding African Americans and women from the innovation process costs the US economy almost $1 trillion per year.

Read her profile in Finance and Development

This is the first in a series of IMF podcasts that will showcase extraordinary work by extraordinary women in economics. In this episode, Dr. Lisa Cook, speaks with journalist Rhoda Metcalfe about her work using data on lynching and racial violence in the US to study the impact of violence on innovation and economic growth. Cook has made her mark not only as a black woman economist in a field dominated by white men, but for her ground-breaking research on how racism, sexism and violence prevent economies from achieving their potential. Transcript

Dr. Lisa Cook is Professor of Economics and International Relations at Michigan State University.


Partha Dasgupta on the Economics of Biodiversity

September 10, 2021

Partha Dasgupta's study on biodiversity shows much of the growth in the past 70 years has been at the expense of our natural assets. (photo: UK Treasury)

Nature is often missing in economic models, but in a study commissioned by the UK government, Partha Dasgupta examines the economic benefits of biodiversity and the costs of losing it. Dasgupta is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Cambridge, and his 600-page study titled the Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review sets out a framework for including Nature in our economic thinking and provides a guide for change through three broad, interconnected transitions. Professor Dasgupta published an article about his findings in the September edition of Finance and Development. In this podcast, he says humans are embedded in nature and cannot escape the biosphere through ingenuity.  Transcript

Partha Dasgupta is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St. John's College at Cambridge.

Andrew Steer: Fighting Climate Change with Innovation

September 3, 2021

Dr. Andrew Steer, head of the Bezos Earth Fund. Read his F&D article 

There's been a shift in the economic understanding of climate change of late. Climate action, once believed a trade-off to economic growth, is now seen by many economists as an opportunity to drive innovation and increase efficiency. After almost a decade at the World Resources Institute, Andrew Steer is now President and CEO of the Bezos Earth Fund, which has committed $10 billion toward supporting new technologies that help reduce our impact on nature. Rhoda Metcalfe sat down with Dr. Steer to talk about his recent article in Finance and Development magazine. In this podcast, he says philanthropy has a big role to play in addressing climate change.


Dr. Andrew Steer is President and CEO of the Bezos Earth Fund.

Ruchir Agarwal: Chimpanzee Politics and Climate Change

August 31, 2021

The animal kingdom can teach us important lessons about ourselves and increase cooperation to fight climate change. (photo: Ruchir Agarwal )

When it comes to cooperation, humans and chimpanzees still have much in common. Perhaps that's not surprising given humans share over 98 percent of our DNA with chimps. But in a recent article in Finance and Development, economist Ruchir Agarwal argues the 2 percent genetic difference propels humanity’s success, but also its potential for disaster. In this podcast, Agarwal asks whether humans have evolved enough to escape “chimpanzee politics” and confront the greatest risk our species is facing—climate change.


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Ruchir Agarwal is a Senior Economist in the IMF Office of the Managing Director.

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