Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Best of EconTalk: 2013

Regular OLS visitors know that I'm a strong advocate of EconTalk, a weekly podcast hosted by renowned economist and blogger, Russ Roberts.  Recently, Roberts polled his listeners as to their favorite EconTalk episodes of 2013 and then published the results on Cafe Hayek, the blog he shares with another OLS hero, Don Boudreaux.  Inspired by this, I just finished listening to the only podcast on his Top Ten list that I missed.  It was, unsurprisingly of course, superb.  Here's the spiel on it:
Dan Pallotta, Chief Humanity Officer of Advertising for Humanity and author of Uncharitable talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the ideas in his book. Pallotta argues that charities are deeply handicapped by their culture and how we view them. The use of overhead as a measure of effectiveness makes it difficult for charities to attract the best talent, advertise, and invest for the future. Pallotta advocates a new culture for non-profits that takes the best aspects of the for-profit sector to enhance the mission and effectiveness of charities. 
Pallotta is very impressive and the overall interview is extremely educational.  As always with EconTalk, it'll be one of the most productive hours you'll spend this entire week.