Category Archives: Economics

Take a class from Prof. Bernanke

Ben Bernanke, formerly a Princeton professor of economics, and now doing some kind of government job in Washington DC, is making a well publicized return to the classroom, giving a series of four 1-hour lectures to students at George Washington … Continue reading

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New UC Berkeley classes on iTunes

The new spring semester UC Berkeley classes are up on iTunesU, and you can see them on the webcast.Berkeley site if you click here. A few old friends are back. Principles of Economics, J. Bradford DeLong (iTunes, course website) DeLong … Continue reading

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What dead economist rules the world?

It was a battle of the titans that still roils the world of ideas and the world of politics. Think New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox; think Google vs Apple. It was (and is) of course John Maynard Keynes … Continue reading

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Introduction to Behavioral Economics

What happens when a bunch of psychologists try to investigate the assumptions about human behavior that underlie the discipline of economics? You get Behavioral Economics, a fascinating mix of economics and psychology explored in the new UC Berkeley class Economics … Continue reading

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Two great international relations courses

Middlebury College political scientist James Morrison has done a big favor for us do-it-yourself web learners by posting two of his International Relations courses on the web. In addition to the audio lectures, you can download the reading lists and … Continue reading

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Brad DeLong’s Introduction to Economics

If you’ve been thinking of brushing up on your freshman economics, or if you have never had the chance to learn the basic principles of the dismal science, now’s your chance. UC Berkeley economist and blogger extraordinaire J. Bradford DeLong … Continue reading

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Putin and the Petrostate

If you want to understand how Russia regained its international clout after the collapse of the Soviet Union, all you need are these statistics: Russia supplies 31% of Europe’s natural gas. Russia supplies 42% of Germany’s natural gas. Numbers like … Continue reading

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The case for Charter Cities

Economics is famously the “dismal science,” largely because of Thomas Malthus and his dismal prediction that population growth will always cancel out rising living standards. But Stanford economist Paul Romer is having none of that. In his 2009 talk at … Continue reading

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How to avert financial meltdown 2.0

NYU economist Nouriel Roubini (aka Dr. Doom) was one of the few voices in the mid-2000s warning of impending financial meltdown. Now he’s a celebrity, and he’s still warning of more disaster to come. You can catch him here in … Continue reading

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Who survived the financial crisis unscathed?

While the advanced Western economies were being whacked by the Great Recession, three Middle East economies were making great advances, namely Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Kurdistan. This perhaps surprising state of affairs is the subject of a recent lecture entitled … Continue reading

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