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Videos of Dierdre McCloskey


Deirdre McCloskey is currently my favorite economist.

McCloskey sums up the message of the first few chapters of her book Bourgeois Equality - our lives have been transformed for the better by modern economic growth;


Going in to some depth about why that explosive economic growth actually happened;


Interviewed by Dave Rubin;



A fancy debate;


Another fancy debate, this time for IQ Squared;





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