May 6, 2020

Christopher Coyne & Anja Shortland on Kidnap

  • Christopher Coyne

    Associate Director, F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
  • Anja Shortland

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On this episode of the Hayek Program Podcast, Christopher Coyne interviews Anja Shortland on her book "Kidnap: Inside the Ransom Business." Listen as they unpack the many puzzles of kidnapping, such as which incentives influence the perpetrators, how a powerful private governance system has ordered the negotiation and transaction process, why most kidnappings end peacefully, and what happens when kidnapping goes wrong.