Subjects in History of Economic Thought

Saylor Foundation

This is a free and open set of course materials released by the Saylor Foundation, an educational charity, having been reviewed by three subject-matter experts. It includes sets of readings under the headings "Ancient Economic Thought", "European Thought: Scholastics & Mercantilists", "Classical Economics", "Neo-Classicism and Keynesianism", and "American Economic Thought". There are also self-assessment questions with answer guidelines, and an online quiz.

Assessment Materials, Handbooks and reading lists, Online Text and Notes, History of Economic Thought
Richard Adelstein, Wesleyan University

Eight tutorials for a course in Topics in the History of Economic Thought

Online Text and Notes, Heterodox Economics, History of Economic Thought
Andy Denis, City University London

This is a sample examination paper in the 3rd year module in HET at City.

Assessment Materials, Heterodox Economics, History of Economic Thought
Fred Lee, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Paper assignment for a History of Economic Thought module for 2nd and 3rd year students.

Assessment Materials, Heterodox Economics, History of Economic Thought
Clive Spash, Vienna University

A one-hour lecture on the ecological perspective in economics, in four parts, from a lecture series hosted by the Post-Crash Economics Society at the University of Manchester in 2014. Part 1 summarises the origins of ecological economics. Part 2a criticises the assumptions of mainstream economics and the focus on GDP. Part 2b argues that ecological economics is a more realistic alternative and part 2c calls for an economics that takes into account inequality and enviromental degradation.

Comparative Economic Systems, Environmental and Transport Economics, Video and Audio Lectures, Heterodox Economics, History of Economic Thought
Tony Brewer, University of Bristol / Rod Hay, McMaster University

This is a bold attempt to gather all material for the study of the history of economics at one site. This includes both primary texts, studies of those texts and of their authors. The search function for the archive may or may not be working, but it is browsable through an alphabetical index of economists.

Online Text and Notes, History of Economic Thought
The Liberty Fund

Audio interviews, of about an hour length, with a variety of figures including Milton Friedman, Ronald Coase, and Gary Becker. The files are downloadable in MP3 in other formats.

Video and Audio Lectures, History of Economic Thought, Law and Economics, Political Economy
Shivakumar, Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Thirty-six video lectures of around fifty minutes each, with topics covering the whole span of economic ideas.

Video and Audio Lectures, History of Economic Thought
Gerry Steele, Lancaster University

A one-hour introduction to Austrian Economics in two parts, including criticisms of the focus of the mainstream economics curriculum. This lecture was staged as part of a series by the Post-Crash Economics Society of the University of Manchester.

Video and Audio Lectures, Heterodox Economics, History of Economic Thought
Economic History Society

The Tawney lecture is the annual lecture from the Economic History Society and this page presents videos of the lecture from 2007 onwards. Topics covered include: Why was the Industrial Revolution British?, Nature as historical protagonist and Twentieth Century famines as economic history. The videos are presented as Flash files to be viewed online and last just over an hour each.

Economic History, Video and Audio Lectures, History of Economic Thought
Diane Coyle, Analysis

This half hour radio programme is available here as a text transcript. The show has Diane Coyle exploring "the new frontier of behavioural economics, learning what it has discovered about the rationality of choices we all make, from our apparent belief when thinking of pensions that we won't get old, to the way we shop or buy shares. She looks at the work of experimental economists whose laboratory subjects are ordinary people asked to make decisions, sometimes while their brains are scanned to see which bits light up when certain decisions are taken."

Online Text and Notes, History of Economic Thought
Steve Keen, University of Western Sydney

Detailed lecture notes and slide shows, all in PowerPoint format, are collected here under three headings. Under "History of Economic Thought" are: Introduction/Antiquity, Antiquity to Physiocrats/Smith, Classical to Marx, Marx to Robbins, Robbins to Keynes, Keynes to Monetarism, Monetarism to the Cambridge Controversies, More on Marx, More on Keynes, Finance, Methodology, Debates: Nature of money and capital, and Debates: Economic Dynamics. Under "Political Economy" are: Demand (critique of neoclassical economics); Evolutionary theory in general; Early evolutionary economists (Veblen & Schumpeter); Complexity and Self-organisation; and Power laws and evolutionary modelling. Under "Financial Economics" are: Statistics on endogenous money; Debates in endogenous money: Basil Moore & Sheila Dow; The circuitist school; Fisher and Debt Deflation; Minsky & Modelling Debt Deflation; and Modelling Debt Deflation.

Lecture Slides, Online Text and Notes, History of Economic Thought
Library of Economics and Liberty

This is an archive of the full text of classic economics and economics-related books, in HTML format. Included are works by Smith, Mill, Malthus, von Mises and many others. All authors have biographical sketches and some have annotated bibliographies. There is a topic index which cross-references passages from these texts and recommends further readings.

Online Text and Notes, History of Economic Thought
James Heckman and Robert Lucas, University of Chicago

This is part of the University of Chicago series Mind Online. In this talk James Heckman, Professor of Economics and Public Policy who won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2000, and Robert Lucas, Jr., Professor of Economics who won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1995, discuss Milton Friedman's work and influence. It is available as a QuickTime video or an mp3 audio download.

Video and Audio Lectures, History of Economic Thought
Paul Walker, University of Canterbury

This document lists historical milestones in the development of game theory up to the awarding of the Nobel Prizes to Nash, Harsanyi and Selten (1994) and Aumann and Schelling (2005). Entries are short paragraphs within a timeline. It includes bibliographical notes for reference.

Online Text and Notes, Game Theory, History of Economic Thought
Leanne J. Ussher, New School for Social Research, Gonçalo L Fonseca, New School for Social Research

The history of economic thought website hosts a set of essays on the history of economic theories, as well as a lot of historical material organised by school of thought and by economist. Hundreds of economists are listed here with biographical and other information. The site was taken down in February 2009 and this link is to's copy of the site.

Online Text and Notes, History of Economic Thought
Brad DeLong, University of California at Berkeley. Department of Economics

Part of Brad DeLong's blog, this section supports a 2009 version of a course on economic history as taught at the University of California at Berkeley. The material includes lecture slides and notes, mp3 audio files of lectures, exam papers, problem sets, plus links to background information available freely online. Information is accessible chronologically, by subject category and by type.

Assessment Materials, Lecture Slides, Online Text and Notes, Economic History, History of Economic Thought
Bob Marks, Australian Graduate School of Management

Professor Joan Robinson (1903-1983) was a guest professor at Stanford University in May 1974. Robinson was a member of Keynes inner circle as he wrote the General Theory, and later became a strident critic of textbook economics. This webpage features partial recordings of her guest lectures amounting to over 3 hours of mp3 audio files. Topics covered: What is Wrong with Neoclassical Economics?, Traditional Economics is Inappropriate for Developing Economics, Socialist Economies and Consumer Sovereignty.

Economic Thought and Critiques of Economic Theories or Schools, Video and Audio Lectures, Heterodox Economics, History of Economic Thought, Socialist and Marxist Economics
Alternative Reading List project; Manchester Post-Crash Economics Society

Intended as a resource to fill gaps in the existing mainstream curriculum, this alternative reading list includes some key papers and books challenging neoclassical economics. It then lists books under specific headings such as Institutional Economics, Development, the Financial Crisis, History of Thought, and Marxism. There are also books by Tim Harford, Paul Krugman, and Dean Baker defending the mainstream.

Applied Economics, Handbooks and reading lists, Heterodox Economics, History of Economic Thought, Socialist and Marxist Economics

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