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#525: Trouble Inside A Babysitting Economy

March 19th, 2014

Episode 675 of 902 episodes

We all know how lousy a recession feels. And we know how much long-term damage a recession can cause. But there's still a lot we don't know about recessions — like, if you're in a recession, what's the best way to get out? Today, we tackle the question of how to escape a recession, by going small. Economist Tim Harford walks us through two tiny self-contained economies, a babysitting co-op and a prisoner of war camp, facing what he calls "toy recessions."

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