The Economics of Uncertainty (The Great Courses)

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Economies are deeply complex systems. The global marketplace—even national, state and local economies—involve many economic actors behaving in rational and irrational ways, sustaining a dizzying array of interconnected activity. Because of the number of participants involved in this global exchange, the unpredictability of their actions, and the sheer variety of possible actions, some degree of […]

Economics, 3rd Edition (The Great Courses)

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We are all economists—when we work, buy, save, invest, pay taxes, and vote. It repays us many times over to be good economists. Economic issues are active in our lives every day. However, when the subject of economics comes up in conversation or on the news, we can find ourselves longing for a more sophisticated […]

Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond (The Great Courses)

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Ever since modern game theory—the scientific study of interactive, rational decision making—achieved prominence in the mid-20th century, it has proven instrumental in helping us understand how and why we make decisions. Game theory plays a crucial role in our lives and provides startling insights into all endeavors in which humans cooperate or compete, including biology, […]

Behavioral Economics: When Psychology and Economics Collide (The Great Courses)

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Behavioral economics is the scientific study of decision making, and of the related topics of valuation, exchange, and interpersonal interactions. Drawing on methods from psychology, sociology, neurology, and economics, this remarkable discipline illuminates one of the most deeply fundamental activities of human existence: the decision process. From the moment we wake in the morning, we […]

Money and Banking: What Everyone Should Know (The Great Courses)

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From the invention of coins by the ancient Lydians to the 21st-century eurozone, human history tells the story of ingenious financial systems and the never-ending quest for economic solutions. Today, our global economy is both fascinating and dizzyingly complex—challenging even experts to comprehend it fully. But one thing remains clear: Money and finance play a […]

Money Management Skills (The Great Courses)

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Money management can be intimidating, but the good news is that the newest research into the human brain can help us understand why we make mistakes and how we can create an effective plan to meet our financial goals. Learning to navigate complex financial markets and create good financial habits is essential to the all-important […]

Thinking like an Economist: A Guide to Rational Decision Making (The Great Courses)

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Economic forces are everywhere around you. You’re made aware of that whenever you reach for your wallet, apply for a loan, shop for health care, or try to figure out the best credit card to carry. But that doesn’t mean you need to passively accept whatever outcome those forces might press upon you. Instead, you […]

Financial Literacy: Finding Your Way in the Financial Markets (The Great Courses)

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The financial markets create tremendous opportunities that, for many of us, would otherwise be out of reach. A new home. Your child’s college education. Retirement. Without the ability to borrow and invest, life as we know it simply wouldn’t exist. Taking full advantage of everything the markets have to offer requires not only becoming familiar […]

Understanding Investments (The Great Courses)

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What are your most important financial goals? Sending your kids to college? Buying a new home? Retiring early? Having the freedom to not worry about whether you can afford to buy a new car or go on vacation? It’s your financial resources that are the determining factor in how you’re able to answer these and […]

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 […]