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Capitalism isn’t perfect. But we are stuck with it and better make the best of it.

That is the underlying concept behind a new podcast, Capitalisn’t from the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Capitalisn’t launches Jan. 4.

In the podcast, hosts Luigi Zingales, Chicago Booth professor of finance and faculty director of the Stigler Center, and Kate Waldock, assistant professor of finance at Georgetown University, debate the good and the bad of capitalism.

“We will explore the risk of concentration in social media, whether tax cuts help the economy, and how the way we invest our retirement money can hurt us as consumers,” says Zingales. “In sum, we will explore what is working today in capitalism and - most importantly- what isn't. Hence, the title of the podcast: Capitalisn’t.

In the first episode, Zingales and Waldock discuss whether Facebook is a monopoly. In subsequent episodes, the hosts ask whether a college education is a good investment and take a look at the recent U.S. tax reform.

They also tackle topics ranging from when the first the word “capital” appeared in print to why market power can distort incentives. 

“The idea is to have a little bit of fun and learn a little bit of history.”

—Luigi Zingales

Capitalisn’t appears twice a month. It is produced at the Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State in collaboration with Chicago Booth Review. It is available via the Stigler Center website at and on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google Play.

For more, watch the video trailer.

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