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'The Mixtape with Scott' | Podcast episode with Economics alumnus Sascha Becker

'The Mixtape with Scott' is a podcast in which Economist and Professor, Scott Cunningham, interviews economists, scientists, and authors about their lives and careers. This episode hosts EUI Economics alumnus, Sascha Becker.

13 December 2023 | Podcast


In this podcast episode, Economists Scott Cunningham (Baylor University) and Sascha Becker, Xiaokai Yang Chair of Business and Economics at Monash University, delve into the multifaceted world of economics. Becker's expertise shines as he explores the long-term impact of Protestantism on literacy, delving into topics such as Max Weber's Protestant work ethic hypothesis and the intricate relationship between the church and national socialism.

Sascha Becker's expertise comes to the forefront as he presents the long-term implications of Protestantism on literacy, particularly among women, and its broader impact on human capital. The conversation takes unexpected turns, exploring Becker's work in re-evaluating Max Weber's influential Protestant work ethic hypothesis and his recent investigations into the complex relationship between the church and national socialism. 

The podcast provides a unique window into the early days of causal inference's spread in economics, with a particular emphasis on applied fields, such as labour economics. Professor Becker's workshops across Europe and teaching methodologies based on the Rubin causal model further contributed to this intriguing narrative. The conversation further extends beyond economics, offering a glimpse into Becker's life and journey.

Professor Cunningham expresses his fascination on the diverse topics covered in the podcast, inviting listeners to enjoy the enriching dialogue as much as he did. 

Tune in for a thought-provoking exploration of economics, history, and the fascinating journey of Sascha Becker.  

Sascha Becker, Economic Historian, Monash University

Sascha Becker, Economic Historian, Monash University

Last update: 13 December 2023

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