Everyday Economics

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Course Date: Anytime (self-paced)

Price: free

Course Summary

The "big ideas" of economics applied to everyday topics.

Estimated Workload: Total video time: Runs approx 0.5 video hours

Course Instructors

Don Boudreaux

Don Boudreaux is the Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair and senior fellow with the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a professor of economics and former economics-department chair at George Mason University. He specializes in globalization and trade, law and economics, and antitrust economics. Boudreaux is committed to making economics more accessible to a wider audience, and he has lectured across the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe on a wide variety of topics, including antitrust law and international trade. He is the author of the books Hypocrites and Half-Wits: A Daily Dose of Sanity from Cafe Hayek and Globalization. He writes a blog (with Russell Roberts) called Cafe Hayek and a regular column on economics for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Boudreaux earned a PhD in economics from Auburn University and a law degree from the University of Virginia.

Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cowen is Holbert L. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University and also Director of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He received his Ph.d. in economics from Harvard University in 1987. His book The Great Stagnation: How America Ate the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better was a New York Times best-seller. In a recent poll by The Economist, he was named one of the most influential economists of the last decade, and in 2011 Bloomberg BusinessWeek dubbed him "America's Hottest Economist." Foreign Policy magazine named him as one of its "Top 100 Global Thinkers" of 2011. He co-writes the Marginal Revolution blog with Alex Tabarrok, and he is the co-author with Alex of Modern Principles: Microeconomics and Modern Principles: Macroeconomics, two introductory texts.

Course Description

What role does economics play in your day-to-day life? You might be surprised to find that economics is a big part of nearly everything you do! Everyday Economics explores just that — how the “big ideas” from economics relate to everyday topics. The course is viewer-driven — you tell us where the course should go. 


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Total video time: Runs approx 0.5 video hours

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