Looking for some learnin’?

I wanted to provide some resources for those who are interesting in learning more about economics – via free online courses. This is a trend which is likely to continue to grow in coming years, and there is some great material starting to surface online. Despite holding a position teaching economics face-to-face, I see online learning as an increasingly promising enterprise for the spread of knowledge in the future. Here are a few links:

1. Marginal Revolution University:

Currently with one course “running” on Development Economics. I’ve watched a couple of videos so far, and plan on watching more. Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok do great work on their blog Marginal Revolution, and from what I’ve seen, the course is well-built.

2. Jeff Ely:

Jeff Ely works at Northwestern University, blogs at Cheap Talk, and has produced several videos from his undergraduate micro theory course. The link is to his first one, but through Vimeo, you can see the entire collection. Clear, concise, and powerful talks on topics often missed in many intermediate micro theory courses including mechanism design, auction theory, and Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem.

3. The Challenges of Global Poverty:

This course will be (isn’t running just yet) run by Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee at MIT. They are co-writers, co-researchers, and co-authors of the book Poor Economics, which is on my to-read list.

4. Economics of The Welfare State:

At this point, just a PDF of a collection of motivating and first readings in Paul Krugman’s upcoming course on the subject at Princeton University. A great starting point for those interested in the debate over the state of the … well … welfare state.


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