1110. Principles of Microeconomics NEW!
This is an introductory undergraduate course on the fundamentals of microeconomics. It introduces microeconomic concepts and analysis, supply and demand analysis, theories of the firm and individual behavior, competition and monopoly, and welfare economics. Students will also be introduced to the use of microeconomic applications to address problems in current economic policy. This course is taught by Prof. Jonathan Gruber at MIT and includes a complete set of lecture videos.
(Prof. Jonathan Gruber, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare)
1120. Microeconomic Analysis
This course covers the major topics of standard microeconomic theory. For students interested in studying economics further, this course offers a thorough grounding in the basic tools used throughout economic studies. The course emphasizes intuitive explanations as well as mathematical justifications. This course is also useful for students studying other fields who want to understand the basic economics approach to addressing problems. It will provide familiarity with the language and discourse of economics and allow students to understand economic analyses of issues in other fields. This course is taught in University of California, Berkeley by Prof. Gordon Rausser. The lectures are with audio only but they are accompanied by good sets of lecture slides.
(Prof. Gordon Rausser, University of California, Berkeley: Webcast.Berkeley)
1140. Macroeconomic Analysis
This is a course in intermediate macroeconomics with an emphasis on real world applications which includes a study of the factors which determine national income, employment, and price levels, with attention to the effects of monetary and fiscal policy. Taught by Prof Steven A. Wood at University of California, Berkeley.
(Professor Steven A. Wood, University of California, Berkeley: Webcast.Berkeley)
2110. Game Theory
This course is an introduction to game theory and strategic thinking. Ideas such as dominance, backward induction, Nash equilibrium, evolutionary stability, commitment, credibility, asymmetric information, adverse selection, and signaling are discussed and applied to games played in class and to examples drawn from economics, politics, the movies, and elsewhere. The course is taught by Prof. Ben Polak who is a Professor of Economics and Management in the Department of Economics and the School of Management at Yale University.
(Prof. Ben Polak, Yale University: Open Yale)
2210. Financial Markets
This course is taught by Prof. Robert J. Shiller who is Professor of Economics at Yale University. Financial institutions are a pillar of civilized society, supporting people in their productive ventures and managing the economic risks they take on. The workings of these institutions are important to comprehend if we are to predict their actions today and their evolution in the coming information age. The course strives to offer understanding of the theory of finance and its relation to the history, strengths and imperfections of such institutions as banking, insurance, securities, futures, and other derivatives markets, and the future of these institutions over the next century.
(Prof. Robert Shiller, Yale University: Open Yale)
2310. Applied Economics for Managers
The fact of scarcity forces individuals, firms, and societies to choose among alternative uses - or allocations - of its limited resources. Accordingly, the first part of this summer course seeks to understand how economists model the choice process of individual consumers and firms, and how markets work to coordinate these choices. It also examines how well markets perform this function using the economist's criterion of market efficiency.
(Prof. Daniel Richards, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare)
4210. Development Economics: Microeconomic Issues and Policy Models
Topics include productivity effects of health, private and social returns to education, education quality, education policy and market equilibrium, gender discrimination, public finance, decision making within families, firms and contracts, technology, labor and migration, land, and the markets for credit and savings. (Video lectures are not available but a full set of lecture notes is included.)
(Prof. Abhijit Banerjee, Prof. Esther Duflo, Prof. Benjamin Olken, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare)
9000. Seminars on Economics
A collection of interesting seminars, presentations and lectures from various institutions relevant to this field.