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.
Online Text and Notes in History of Economic Thought
This half an hour programme, broadcast on the radio, is available here, in transcript text form. 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."
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.
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.