Interview with Robert Genetski
How do audiences generally describe your talks?
The most common reaction is people telling me that they understand economics for the first time.
What is the most unique experience you have had as a result of your job?
Some of the most unique experiences include testifying before the United States Congress, having my books translated into multiple languages, regularly appearing on television and hosting my own radio program.
What is your biggest source of inspiration?
Financial distress and poverty are the consequences of bad policies. I gain my inspiration from attempting to prevent policy mistakes and helping others avoid the adverse financial consequences of the negative policies.
How do you incorporate humor when talking about economics?
The key to humor is telling a story or anecdote and adding a surprising or unexpected twist at the end. To be effective, the anecdote has to be related to an economic point I’m explaining to the audience. Humor can be a great way to not only entertain, but to help the audience grasp a complex economic issue.
Why did you decide to study economics?
I studied economics to learn more about what determines the wealth of nations—why certain individuals and countries prosper and grow while others do not.