Economic Lowdown
By St. Louis Fed
About this podcast
The Economic Lowdown podcast series is produced by the Economic Education department of the St. Louis Fed for high school and college students. The series covers topics in economics, banking and monetary policy. The podcasts use clear, simple language to describe the economic concepts presented. In the end, students see how economic principles affect the choices they make in their everyday lives.

Episodes (Total: 18 / Page: 1)
March 14, 2016 · 00:08:48
Economists use the term business cycle to describe the ups and downs, or fluctuations, in an economy.
April 3, 2015 · 00:11:46
Elasticity is a measure of how sensitive, or responsive, consumers are to a change in price.
March 25, 2015 · 00:10:06
This episode of The Economic Lowdown defines the characteristics of private and public goods and explains why these characteristics help determine who is best positioned to produce each.
Sept. 10, 2014 · 00:12:06
In this episode of The Economic Lowdown Podcast Series, we'll take a look at economic growth—how innovation and technological progress can make things happen for the economy over time.
Sept. 9, 2014 · 00:11:13
In this episode of The Economic Lowdown Podcast Series, you will learn how inflation influences the real return on your deposits, and why price stability—a responsibility of the Federal Reserve System—is important.
April 3, 2014 · 00:09:35
In this Economic Lowdown podcast, hear what GDP measures, how it is useful in determining whether and how quickly the economy is growing, and how GDP can be used as indicator of standard of living.
Oct. 22, 2012 · 00:11:28
Prices send signals and provide incentives for buyers and sellers in ways you possibly never thought about. In a market economy, price signals prevent massive shortages and ensure that consumer wants are largely satisfied. In this podcast, hear how price signals from gas prices influence decision-making for both a father of three and a production supervisor for an oil refinery.
Sept. 5, 2012 · 00:07:59
Ever feel as if you are paying the price for someone else’s “deal”? Perhaps you are choking on the pollution from a foundry where cheap widgets are made. That spillover effect is called an externality. There are positive ones, too.
Sept. 4, 2012 · 00:07:55
Young people who are looking for that first job can learn about the basics of the labor market in this country. A brief explanation is given of the roles played by education, supply, demand, productivity and government regulation.
Sept. 3, 2012 · 00:08:35
Money has taken many forms through the ages: shells, wheels, beads and even cows. All forms, though, have always had three things in common. Find out what in this eight-minute podcast. You will also learn how commodity money differs from representative money and how both differ from today’s fiat money.
Aug. 31, 2012 · 00:07:53
The eighth episode of our podcast series answers a crucial economic question: Where do prices come from? Listeners discover that supply and demand work together like the two blades of a scissors to determine the market equilibrium – and the prices of the things you buy.
Aug. 30, 2012 · 00:05:51
The seventh episode of our podcast series discusses the supply side of the market – the law of supply, slope of the curve and the difference between a change in supply and a change in quantity supplied.
Aug. 29, 2012 · 00:06:57
The sixth podcast in this series examines the law of demand. Those who love candy bars will find this lesson especially easy to digest. A demand curve is simply defined, as are the sorts of changes that might affect that curve—all in less than seven minutes.
Aug. 28, 2012 · 00:09:02
The fifth episode covers the basics of unemployment—how it is defined, how it is measured, and how it is categorized into three types.
Aug. 24, 2012 · 00:08:15
The fourth episode of our podcast series, The Economic Lowdown, discusses three aspects of inflation: what it is, what causes it and how it is measured. The episode also addresses related topics such as deflation, disinflation and the role of the Federal Reserve in monitoring inflation.
Aug. 23, 2012 · 00:06:21
Adam Smith described self-interest and competition in a market economy as the “invisible hand” that guides the economy. This episode of “The Economic Lowdown” explains these concepts.
Aug. 22, 2012 · 00:06:19
The second episode of our podcast series, The Economic Lowdown, discusses the building blocks of the economy, the factors of production.
Aug. 22, 2012 · 00:05:43
In this first episode of The Economic Lowdown, we will introduce three topics in economics: choice, scarcity and opportunity cost.
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