29: Honey Bees’ Choice

We are joined by Dr. Michael Smith to discuss his research on honey bee behavior, his passion and history of beekeeping and his study that garnered him an Ig Nobel Prize in 2015. Hosted by Yudong Rao and Professor David Just.

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28: Quinoa Craze

We are joined today by Professor Marc Bellemare of the University of Minnesota to talk about his research on the recent price spike in quinoa due to its rising popularity in many western countries as a ‘health food’ and how this rise as a viable export economically impacts those who traditionally grow and consume it. We also discuss how food staples become staples and why only eating food that indigenous to your region isn’t necessarily a good practice. Hosted by Ceren Karacasu, Yudong Rao and Professor David Just.

26: Technology for Health Promoting Behavior

We are joined by Professor Dan Connors of University of Colorado Denver to discuss his research on leveraging technology to increase efficiency in the healthcare system specifically in regards to fighting the opioid epidemic in the US. He also talks with us about using internet of things technology to promote better personal health. Hosted by Ceren Karacasu, Yudong Rao, Elaine Qiu and David Just.

25: CEO Behavior and Corporate Decisions

Today we are joined by Professor Scott Yonker to talk about his research on CEOs impact on corporate decisions. We go into many factors about how CEOs personal background and private decision making can steer the habits of a whole corporation. Hosted by Ceren Karacasu, Yudong Rao, Elaine Qiu and David Just.

24: Bitcoin, Bubbles and Bulbs

In this episode we are joined by MBA Student Cruise Chen to talk about bitcoin and some of the rationales as to why people invest in it. We also talk about economic bubbles and the history of how and why they form. Hosted by Ceren Karacasu, Yudong Rao and David Just.

23: Behavioral Dimensions of Food Security

Welcome back to Mad Hat Economics! Today we’re joined by Masters Student Prankur Gupta to talk about behavioral dimensions of food security and his work in India on food security and policy.