Online Text and Notes in Comparative Economic Systems

Anne McCants, MIT

Part of the MITOpenCourseWare site, this course page details an undergraduate course in medieval economic history as taught in spring 2006 by Anne McCants. The course covers "the conditions of material life and the changing social and economic relations in medieval Europe with reference to the comparative context of contemporary Islamic, Chinese, and central Asian experiences". The website includes details of course readings, lecture handouts, syllabi from various years, assignment details and links to related Internet resources.

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Neva R Goodwin, Oleg I. Ananyin, Frank Ackerman and Thomas E. Weisskopf, Tufts University

Short paper setting out conceptual and methodological differences between western mainstream (neoclassical) economics and other traditions, and discussing the contrast between the increasingly abstract, technical model-based approach adopted in academic papers and the more practical applications sought by policymakers. Written in 1997 (as background to the then-new textbook Microeconomics in Context by Goodwin, Weisskopf, Ackerman and Lancaster, designed for use in Russia during the transition from central planning), but still relevant to current methodology debates.

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Nobel Foundation

The Nobel Foundation makes available a great deal of material on each of the Economics prize winners, including video of each Prize Lecture since Robert Mundell in 1999. As well as a lay introduction to each prize winner's research, there are "Advanced information" links giving a more technical explanation. This link is to the Economics Network's quick index of lecture videos and related materials on the site. Each video is a full lecture (usually between 40 and 60 minutes) with good audio and video quality, and pitched at a non-technical audience. Transcripts of each lecture are available.

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Allan Schmid, Michigan State University

Institutional Economics site containing links to course outlines for 30+ institutional, behavioural and heterodox economics courses, mostly in the US. Online access to Allan Schmid's working papers, and book 'Property, Power and Public Choice' (in English and Spanish). This argues the general case for countries' economic performance being affected the institutions that shape agents' choices and governments' policymaking, then sets out (and offers some secondary empirical support for) some hypotheses on the impact of different property rights arrangements.

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