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The economy, explained, with stories and surprises. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening. That's what we're going for at <em>Planet Money</em>. People seem to like it.


#79 Planet Money: Emily Oster Decodes The World

August 13th, 2009

Episode 172 of 902 episodes

Some days, you just have to wonder why the world is the way it is. Emily Oster is making a career out of training the lens of economics on just that question. Oster talks about her economic of analysis of AIDS and risky behavior in Africa, and she answers a riddle from a Planet Money listener. That riddle: Why, when prices are flat or falling, are restaurants piling more food on our plates?