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Mergers – Part 1: Is BigTech Buying out the Competition?

Mergers – Part 1: Is BigTech Buying out the Competition?

October 19, 2021

In this first episode of three on BigTech mergers, we discuss the impact of BigTech mergers and acquisitions on the market and on consumers; how should competition authorities think about developments in these markets if they seek to support competition and innovation?

Can We Save The Planet and Feed Everyone? Yes, Go Digital!

Can We Save The Planet and Feed Everyone? Yes, Go Digital!

October 5, 2021

In this episode, we discuss the impact of digitalization on efficiency, productivity, the environment and the distribution of gains in the agri-food industry. The regulatory framework governing competition policy, property rights and information disclosure are essential to the resulting market structure.

Speedy Delivery, Lower Costs When Ports Go Digital-So What’s Stopping Them?

Speedy Delivery, Lower Costs When Ports Go Digital-So What’s Stopping Them?

September 21, 2021

In this episode, we discuss the digitalization of maritime shipping focusing on the benefits in terms of faster and better service, the regulatory changes needed to advance digitalization, the types of jobs that would be created and importantly, the need for good cybersecurity measures.

How One Shipping Jam Can Stop Your Daily Bread

How One Shipping Jam Can Stop Your Daily Bread

September 7, 2021

In this episode, we discuss the ships that carry grains, metals and minerals from where they are found or produced, to where they are needed. Shipping prices rise and fall with changing demand for goods; and changing supplies. Blocked passages, recessions or melting ice all affect where these ships can go, and how fast and cheaply we can buy the commodities we use every day.

How will Households, Businesses and Utilities Manage Electricity Debt?

How will Households, Businesses and Utilities Manage Electricity Debt?

August 24, 2021

This episode brings to light the growing debt owed to electric utilities by households and small business, the choices people make when financially constrained and also the impact these bills are having on the financial condition of electricity providers. The discussion ends with some suggestions on how to handle the pandemic-induced debt burden.

People and Climate: Navigating a Two-Way Street

People and Climate: Navigating a Two-Way Street

August 10, 2021

Knowledge on the impact of climate change on our lives has been increasing- more data will deepen our analysis and models. This podcast discusses some of the elements of human society and biological processes that are hard to model and their implications for climate change. Guest Prof. Charles Kolstad also suggests areas for further research.

Connections as a Path to Prosperity

Connections as a Path to Prosperity

July 27, 2021

Commerce, the exchange of goods and services, is at the heart of economic prosperity. Goods get to us because roads and rail connect us to different places, supporting supply chains. Quality infrastructure built in the right place is important. But just building infrastructure is not enough. What is equally essential is how that infrastructure is used to provide services: the trucking, haulage, rail, and other services that carry the goods. In this episode, we discuss how the market for road infrastructure services - can facilitate or, impede the functioning of supply chains.

Forging Cybersecurity Responses to the Menace of Cyberattacks

Forging Cybersecurity Responses to the Menace of Cyberattacks

July 13, 2021

This episode builds on Episode 4 which presented the economic analysis of cybersecurity markets and the policy framework governing stakeholder actions. This episode considers the role of firms/organizations; it points to actions that government and businesses can take to ensure that their vital interests are secure from cyberattacks. It presents different types of risks that companies face and the tools to mitigate them, paying special attention to the interaction of business and technical needs. It also addresses the timing of investments in cybersecurity in an increasingly digitalized world.

Climate-Smart Mining to Support the Energy Transition

Climate-Smart Mining to Support the Energy Transition

June 29, 2021

An increasing focus on clean energy is driving up demand for minerals and metals needed for its production. Yet, mining itself can be done in ways that harm the environment, harm communities and even contribute to global warming. Policies can ensure it doesn’t do so. This podcast discusses how.

Did the Pandemic Affect Access to Affordable and Clean Energy?

Did the Pandemic Affect Access to Affordable and Clean Energy?

June 22, 2021

Universal access to affordable, and reliable electricity is essential to every aspect of the modern economy. Yet, many lack this service. In 2020, recessions in countries around the world had a negative impact on investments, electricity providers, and their clients, slowing progress in meeting SDG7 goals. This podcast discusses how 2020 changed the way we approach SDG7 and the policies needed to move forward as growth resumes.