Economics Explored

How do we know what's true or why trust science?

Episode Summary

How can we know what's true or why trust science? A wide-ranging conversation on scientific method and what constitutes good evidence in the natural and social sciences including economics.

Episode Notes

In these times of intense debate over COVID-19 and climate change policies, it is important to ask what theories and evidence we can trust - i.e. how do we know what's true or why trust science? Economics Explored host Gene Tunny tackles this topic with returning guest Tim Hughes in a first instalment of what will probably end up being a multi-episode conversation. 

Links relevant to the conversation include:

Why Trust Science? by Naomi Oreskes 

Naomi Oreskes: Why we should trust scientists - YouTube

What Is This Thing Called Science?

What Seattle learned from having the highest minimum wage in the nation - Vox (NB Seattle minimum wage has been increased to $15/hr)

What evidence should social policymakers use by Andrew Leigh

EP60 Minimum wages and employment

EP14 Randomised controlled trials & economic development

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