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Biden’s $3.40 a gallon problem

Dylan, Jerusalem, and Dara talk about the specific kind of inflation that’s roiling American politics: the heightened price of gas. They discuss how and why gas prices have shot up in recent months, and what it means for Joe Biden’s popularity and presidency. Plus, a white paper about the most important labor market of all: the global market for soccer (excuse me, football) players.

References:

Biden’s strongly worded letter on gas prices

Biden is tapping the strategic petroleum reserve

Reuters on why gas prices are high

Why OPEC isn’t lowering gas prices

Eric Levitz on what Biden should do to combat inflation

The correlation between Biden’s popularity and gas prices

Lasting Impacts of a Gas Price Shock during Teenage Driving Years

Voters who drive a lot are likelier to vote based on gas prices

Presidential approval is historically strongly affected by gas and food prices (and not due to media coverage)

The collapse of New England’s Transportation and Climate Initiative

White paper: “Does Employing Skilled Immigrants Enhance Competitive Performance? Evidence from European Football Clubs”

Mo Salah reduced prejudice

Newcastle Football Club controversy

Hosts:

Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt), senior correspondent, Vox

Jerusalem Demsas (@jerusalemdemsas), policy reporter, Vox

Dara Lind (@dlind), immigration reporter, ProPublica

Credits:

Sofi LaLonde, producer & engineer

Libby Nelson, editorial adviser

Amber Hall, deputy editorial director of talk podcasts

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