An Introduction to Great Economists — Adam Smith, the Physiocrats & More — Presented in New MOOC

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Last fall, Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, two econ professors from George Mason University, launched MRUniversity, a MOOC platform that brings economics courses to the larger world.

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Bitcoin, the New Decentralized Digital Currency, Demystified in a Three Minute Video

≡ Category: Business, Economics, Web/Tech |1 Comment

They sound like something out of science fiction, but Bitcoins are getting just a little bit more real every day. They’re intangible and invisible, but bitcoins recently attracted some real investment capital from the Winklevoss twins, who first dreamed up the idea for Facebook — or so their lawsuit argued.

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Dan Ariely’s MOOC, “A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior,” Starts Monday

≡ Category: Economics, MOOCs, Psychology |5 Comments

Back in November we gave you a heads up on A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior, a MOOC being created by Dan Ariely.

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In Under Three Minutes, Hans Rosling Visualizes the Incredible Progress of the “Developing World”

≡ Category: Economics, Math |5 Comments

Hans Rosling knows how to make a concise, powerful point. His mastery of statistics and visual aids doesn’t hurt. Behold, for instance, the Karolinska Institute Professor of International Health visualizing the health of 200 countries over 200 years with 120,000 data points.

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Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Classic, The Foundation Trilogy, Dramatized for Radio (1973)

≡ Category: Economics, Sci Fi |1 Comment

Tireless New York Times columnist and Nobel-prize winning Princeton economist Paul Krugman has long played the role of Cassandra, warning of disasters while the architects of policy look on, shake their heads, and ignore him. I’ve sometimes wondered how he stands it.

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Dan Ariely Presents “A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior” in Upcoming MOOC

≡ Category: Economics, Online Courses, Psychology |4 Comments

Here’s one thing you can look forward to early next year. Dan Ariely, a well-known professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University, will present A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

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Marginal Revolution University Launches, Bringing Free Courses in Economics to the Web

≡ Category: Economics, Online Courses |1 Comment

A great year for open education got even better with the launch of Marginal Revolution University. Founded by Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, two econ professors at George Mason University, MRUniversity promises to deliver free, interactive courses in the economics space.

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60-Second Adventures in Economics: An Animated Intro to The Invisible Hand and Other Economic Ideas

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The Invisible Hand:

Back in 2011 The Open University released an engaging series of animated intellectual puzzles called 60-Second Adventures in Thought, narrated by the British comedian and writer David Mitchell.

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John Maynard Keynes Explains Cure to High Unemployment in His Own Voice (1939)

≡ Category: Economics, History |2 Comments

When someone questions the effectiveness of Keynesian economics, the obvious reply is: Remember World War II?
The British economist John Maynard Keynes argued that there is a role for government intervention when aggregate demand for goods and services drops, as it did during the Great Depression.

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The Karl Marx Credit Card – When You’re Short of Kapital

≡ Category: Economics, Random |5 Comments

Is it a tragedy? Is it a farce? In the land once called East Germany, in a town once called Karl-Marx-Stadt, a bank called Sparkasse Chemnitz ran an online poll letting customers vote for images to place on their credit cards. And the hands-down winner was Karl Marx, an ironic pick given that … well, you don’t need me to explain why.

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