As with many academics as they age, I have been more active publishing for a general audience in recent years. Here you will find links to my popular writings, podcast appearances, and my own podcast - Research on Religion - that I hosted from 2010-2018.
I am available to speak to academic and general audiences on any of the topics listed below.
Please see my Public Speaking page for more information.
EconTalk is a popular podcast hosted by Dr. Russ Roberts. I consider this to be one of the best forums for understanding not only economics, but social science in general. I had the great fortune of appearing twice on the show and consider them highlights of my career.
Anthony Gill on Tipping (2017)
Anthony Gill on Religion (2014)
For additional podcast appearances on other venues, see below.
Economists Explain the Taliban (25 August 2021)
[A slightly longer version of this op-ed can be found at AIER.]
Uber Would Be Wise to Let Passengers Tip. Fortune (24 April 2017)
"UW Professor Says You'll Be Succeed Even If You Buy the Wrong Gifts." Seattle Times (12 Dec 2022) by David Gutman. (Not written by Anthony Gill, but summarizing his scholarship with Michael Thomas.)
Anthony Gill is a regular contributor to AIER's editorial and educational content and also writes an occasional ditty for Liberty Fund's Law & Liberty site. All links are to AIER unless otherwise noted. Visit Tony's AIER page or Law & Liberty for more updated articles.
Are Humans Inherently Selfish? (8 September '23)
Blame, Trade-Offs, and the Maui Wildfires (31 August '23)
In Defense of Tipping, Part III: Social Norms (12 August '23)
In Defense of Tipping, Part II: Price Discrimination (4 August '23)
In Defense of Tipping, Part I: Principal-Agent Problems (27 July '23)
Cash, Crime, Minimum Wage, and Unintended Consequences (13 July '23)
Why Do We Rescue When All Hope Is Lost? (30 June '23)
Picking Winners before the Green Flag Is Waved (22 June '23 with Sean Mulholland).
Efficiency or Compassion? Law & Liberty (7 June '23 with Michael Thomas)
A Sick (Pay) Policy that Redefines Work. (24 May '23)
Taylor Swift, Turn Your Wrath to Government! (17 May '23)
Why Did the Redcoats Wear Red Coats? (19 April '23)
Jubilee and Student Loan Forgiveness (16 Sep '22 with Michael Thomas)
Is Student Loan Forgiveness a Gift? Law & Liberty (12 Sep '22 with Michel Thomas)
Subsidizing Teslas and Tuition (15 Aug '22)
Is Wokeness a New Sumptuary Law? (17 July '22)
Is It Time to End the Filibuster? No! (18 May '22)
When Does a Job Become a Job? (19 Nov '21)
The Surprising Social Signals of Halloween (29 Oct '21 with Michael Thomas)
Do Employers Exploit Workers with Low Wages? (9 Oct '21)
Is It Time to Rethink Labor Day? (6 Sep '21)
Economics Explains the Taliban's Rapid Advances (19 Aug '21)
Are Big Companies Ripping Us Off? (16 Aug '21)
What About "Whataboutism"? (26 July '21)
The High Price of Popcorn (15 July '21)
Divine Diseconomy Law & Liberty (7/27/21)
Democracy Is More than Just Elections (9 July '21)
Taking a (Lemonade) Stand for Free Enterprise (17 June '21)
What's the Matter with Cambridge? (11 June '21)
Shadow of the State of Sunshine of Civil Society (26 May '21)
The Use of Knowledge in a Pandemic (4 Aug '20 with Jonathan Newman)
Tear Down this Plexiglass! (17 June '20)
The Internet Is No Substitute for Real Life (12 June '20)
How to Teach the Benefits of Trade (7 Jan '20)
Gift Giving Is Better for Society than Economists Think (20 Dec '19 with Michael Thomas) *A personal favorite!
The Unbearable Drabness of Command Economies (18 Nov '19)
An Answer to That Viral Equality Meme (9 Aug '19)
Should Hikers Pay for Their Own Rescue? (28 May '19)
Is Big Oil Really Manipulating Market Prices? (20 May '19)
Why Do Donuts (Almost) Disappear at Faculty Meetings? FEE.org (21 Sept '17)
Is "Buying Local" Even Possible? FEE.org (12 Aug '17)
There are a number of other odds and ends that I do in the popular media, including various podcasts, articles for various magazines, and puppet shows. Here are some of those things.
"Why Do We Tip?" The Curious Task podcast.
"How Do Politics Inform Religious Freedom?" Finding Genius podcast.
"God and Man in a Free Society." AIER's Video Library.
"The Economics of Gifting, the Longevity of Religion, and More!" The Republic of Ezo podcast.
"Good Manners Are Good Economics." UW News video and article.
"Gifting and other Stuff." The Soul of Enterprise (November 2022)
"The Economics of Gifting Revisited." CATO Daily Podcast (May 2022).
"Religion Shapes Collective Action" Gwartney Institute's Faith & Economics Podcast (March 2022)
"Civil Society Is Market Group Action." Gwartney Institute's Faith & Economics Podcast (March 2022)
"Why Do We Give Gifts?" The Curious Task podcast (December 2021)
The Political Economy of Gifting - UW Political Economy Forum Podcast.
Why American Businesses Are Richer than Ever - AIER Video Podcast.
On Tipping - Freedom Center Today Podcast.
The Moral Value of Tipping - The Libertarian Christian Podcast.
On Tipping with Professor Gill - Faith & Economics Podcast (Gwartney Institute).
An Insider's Guide to Duvall - 2017 Duvall Visitor Guide (scroll down a bit)
More stuff to come.
From 2010-18, I hosted a podcast on the social scientific study of religion with the assistance of the good folks at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion. Although I favored topics related to the political economy of religion, we had an eclectic mix of interviews including a special series on The Protestant Reformation, Halloween, Christmas, and Rodcasts (discussions with my favorite scholar of religion, Rodney Stark). Below are a sampling of a few of my favorite episodes (from a catalogue of over 365 original episodes):
Matthew Moore on Buddhism, Meditating Machines, and the Robopocalypse. (A fascinating exploration of whether artificial intelligence can be reflective and how near-future technologies might challenge our faith.)
Ron Hassner on Sacred Spaces and Holy Conflict. (Why might it be difficult to settle disputes over religious territory?)
Daniel Stiles on Cowboy Churches. (One of my favorite type of interviews was with individuals who were not scholars but practiced their faith daily. We have much to learn from non-scholars.)
Carmel Chiswick on the Economics of Being Jewish in America. (We did much more than just Christianity, and this was a wonderfully insightful discussion with a very perceptive scholar who applied her understanding of economics to her own life.)