Up until the 18th century, China was the world’s hegemon. So how did it get there in the first place? And why did the Empire collapse abruptly in the 20th century? Today, Yuhua Wang will talk to us about his most recent book, where he argues the Chinese state experienced a gradual decline in its state capacity caused by a sovereign’s dilemma, where cohesive elites strengthened the state but also weakened the position of the emperor.

Narrow banks are depository institutions that focus on investing in federal reserve deposits and pass on most of the interest accrued to their respective depositors. Dr. James McAndrews, CEO of TNB USA Inc., will help us unravel what role narrow banking can play in modern financial systems.

Adam Smith is widely acknowledged as the father of economics. Yet, in his own time, he was mostly known for his moral and jural philosophy work. So what do we set to gain by directly reading him today? Today we are joined by Maria Pia Paganelli, who will act as our guide into Adam Smith's work and the importance of the History of Economic Thought as a discipline. 

Cash transfers have become a much-discussed policy tool. But studying the impact of sudden wealth shocks remains controversial. Martínez-Marquina joins us to discuss his recent research on an interesting setting that may help us shed light on the discussion: the effect of winning the lottery in Spanish towns since the 1900s.

To measure is to know. That has been science's dictum since the industrial revolution. But what happens when our measurement estimates are wrong? Today we will be joined by Timothy Guinnane. He will talk to us about how inaccurate the world's historical population estimates are and the general implications for economics, demography, and social sciences.



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