China, India, and the United States: The Future of Economic Supremacy (The Great Courses)

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You are living at a critical moment of change for the world economy. A moment that will be defined by the economic trajectories of three key players. A moment whose outcome will have a deep and lasting impact on the way you live. Recent years have seen a dramatic, unprecedented transformation in the landscape of […]

Modern Economic Issues (The Great Courses)

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How do the major economic issues that dominate today’s news—questions about gross domestic product or budget deficits or trade imbalances—impact the average citizen? Why are health insurance and college tuition increasingly expensive? What can be done about soaring energy prices? In Modern Economic Issues, Professor Robert Whaples has crafted a course designed to answer just […]

America and the New Global Economy (The Great Courses)

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The global economy in 1950 was defined by a lack of interconnectedness and U.S. economic dominance. More than half a century later, stronger international economic ties and the rise of the Chinese and Indian economies are just two of the dramatic changes that are underway as globalization—the process of the world’s diverse countries coming together […]

Foundations of Economic Prosperity (The Great Courses)

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Prosperity has transformed the world. Defined as the ability to afford goods and services beyond basic necessities, prosperity is now a way of life for most residents of developed countries—so commonplace that few people realize what a rare and recent phenomenon it is. A mere two centuries ago, most people lived at a subsistence level, […]

Why Economies Rise or Fall (The Great Courses)

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How can a nation create the conditions for economic growth and prosperity, improving people’s lives on both the individual and national levels? And what, once these conditions are achieved, can it do to sustain this progress? Do any of the many “isms” under which we organize our economic philosophies hold the answer? While an insightful […]

Thinking about Capitalism (The Great Courses)

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As the economic system under which you live, capitalism shapes the marketplaces that determine where you live and work, how much you are paid, what you can buy, what you can accumulate toward your retirement, and every other aspect of a society based on monetary exchanges for goods and services. In an era of increasing […]

History of the U.S. Economy in the 20th Century (The Great Courses)

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When Professor Timothy Taylor, managing editor of the prestigious Journal of Economic Perspectives, tells you that the stock market crash of 1929 was not a substantial cause of the Great Depression and that F.D.R.’s New Deal may have actually slowed economic recovery, he speaks with authority and credibility. Those are only two insights that run […]

Legacies of Great Economists (The Great Courses)

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When it comes to economics and economic theory, a few thinkers dominate the landscape. Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Alfred Marshall, John Maynard Keynes, and a handful of others have shaped the world of economics and influenced our lives. These lectures by Professor Timothy Taylor acquaint you with the thoughts, theories, and lives of those great […]

Understanding Complexity (The Great Courses)

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Recent years have seen the introduction of concepts from the new and exciting field of complexity science that have captivated the attention of economists, sociologists, engineers, businesspeople, and many others. These include tipping points, the sociological term used to describe moments when unique or rare phenomena become more commonplace; the wisdom of crowds, the argument […]

Unexpected Economics (The Great Courses)

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Why are we choosing to have fewer children, even as we put more time into raising each one? Why are we so often willing to follow the herd and the opinions of strangers when making important decisions, even when those decisions are deeply personal? Why do people bother to vote in elections even when they […]