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In Faith and Economics, economics professors Dr. Russ McCullough and Dr. Levi Russell discuss big issues that impact economic freedom and human flourishing from a Christian perspective. This podcast is an initiative of the Gwartney Institute at Ottawa University.
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76 Episodes
Russ and Levi interview Dr. Jim Gwartney, our institute's namesake. This is a wide-ranging discussion on Jim's life, experience at Ottawa University, and his opinions on the state of the world economy. Common Sense Economics book
The Gwartney Institute covers the new developments in the Corona Virus and the effects it is having on the economy, including price gouging. 
Corona Virus | #75

Corona Virus | #75


With the growing concern of the corona virus crisis, the Gwartney team discusses the ethics behind social distancing and the problems it is causing for businesses. 
National Debt | #74

National Debt | #74


The Gwartney team co-hosted a debate over the national debt. This podcast reviews some of the highlights from the debate. 
Economists get a bad rap for promoting a capitalist system. This week the professors take on the question, are economists immoral?
Home Economics | #72

Home Economics | #72


This week the Gwartney Institute discusses how the family plays a role in economics. 
The Gwartney Institute interviews Roger McKinney about his intriguing book called "God is a Capitalist."
Social media gives third parties power over our online identities. The Gwartney Institute takes a look at how Urbit might provide an alternative platform.
As technology advances, the line between computers and life becomes thinner giving the Gwartney Institute an interesting topic that will keep evolving. 
With civil unrest growing in Chile due to inequality, the Gwartney team looks to the benefits of Chile's high economic freedom for answers. 
Organ Lottery | #67

Organ Lottery | #67


This episodes sheds new light on utilitarianism by bringing up the option for an organ lottery.  
The Gwartney Institute examines how New Years Resolutions affect different industries and shed a little light on their own resolutions. 
This week the Gwartney Institute tackles how regulations can cause a negative tax on the poor. 
From Jon Krakauer's autobiography of the 1996 disaster on Mount Everest to the modern day over-crowding at the summit, this episode uncovers the economics of how commercialization has changed the supply and demand in Nepal. 
Moral Hazard

Moral Hazard


In this episode, Russ, Jacyn, and Jacob discuss biblical and financial instances of moral hazard, asymmetric information, and "Too Big to Fail." Show notes: Malcolm Gladwell's TED Talk on David and Goliath David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
This week we discuss the U.S.'s status as a Christian nation. Russ and Levi agree that it currently isn't but arrive at that conclusion from two different angles. The relationship between economic prosperity and religion is a key component of the discussion. Show notes: Socialism Versus the Family - Edward Feser (lecture) The Myth of Religious Violence - William T. Cavanaugh (book) Interview with William T. Cavanaugh on his book
We discuss Malcolm Gladwell's unique take on the story of David and Goliath. What can we learn about markets from Gladwell's perspective on this famous story? Show notes Malcolm Gladwell's TED Talk on David and Goliath David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell Luigi Zingales on social media antitrust at Free Market Forum
Universal Basic Income

Universal Basic Income


In this episode we discuss the economics and morality of the Universal Basic Income. A Universal Basic Income would guarantee a minimum income to every individual over the age of 21 in the U.S. If you're looking for a brief primer on the subject, listen to this episode! Charles Murray's UBI proposal Text of a debate on UBI between Ed Dolan and Bryan Caplan UBI debate between Bryan Caplan and Will Wilkinson
Jacyn and Dr. McCullough discuss their recent trips abroad to South America and India. Both talk about their experiences in light of the economic freedom (or lack thereof) in the countries they visited!
In this episode we discuss the implications of the Kingdom of God on politics. Dr. Rachel Ferguson, a philosopher at Lindenwood University, joins us to help us understand the link between Christianity and liberalism. Show notes: Dr. Rachel Ferguson's Website "Jesus of Nazareth" by Pope Benedict XVI "Rerum Novarum" by Pope Leo XIII "The Righteous Mind" by Jonathan Haidt "Why Liberalism Failed" by Patrick J. Deneen
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