A well-designed interactive web page, with succinct text and a succession of playable cartoon simulations, explains Nobel Prize-winner Thomas Schelling's work on dynamic models of segregation. It uses animated shapes rather than people, and users can introduce different preferences to the characters and see the results.
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A podcast series about the credit crunch and global recession featuring three Oxford academics. This series examines how the current crisis developed, analyses market and government responses to it, and looks at what might happen next. Eight audio files are available with most programmes lasting around 30 minutes.
Part of the MIT OpenCourseWare site, this page supports a 2004 course on economics and psychology. The course integrates psychological insights into economic models of behaviour. It discusses the limitations of standard economic models and surveys the ways in which psychological experiments have been used to learn about preferences, cognition, and behaviour. It includes a syllabus, list of readings, lectures slides / handouts, details of assignments and problem sets.
Part of a website supporting a course on the economics of education at MIT, as taught by Frank Levy in 2007. This series of lecture slides is available as PDF downloads and covers topics such as human capital theory, teacher quality and teacher training, higher education policy and school accountability, standards and testing.
This is an introduction to the economics of altruism, according to Robin Upton. The site includes many links to essays about different aspects of economics and culture, including consumerism, depression, technology, intellectual property and post-Autistic (heterodox) economics.
Reading list and essay topics from a 2003 course that explores "why poverty, economic transformations and development policies often have different consequences for women and men, while also examining the history of development itself, its underlying assumptions, and its range of supporters and critics." The content is available in Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese as well as in English.
Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational speaks about his work in this 16 minute video from February 2009. He introduces the idea of experimental testing of economic hypotheses, applying it to experienced utility and to cheating behaviour. He contrasts the experimental results on cheating with what is predicted by rational choice analysis and draws implications for ethics in the financial sphere. The video can be watched online, with transcripts in multiple languages, or downloaded in various formats.
Dan Gilbert, Harvard psychologist and author of Stumbling on Happiness talks about his work in this half-hour video dating from July 2005. Gilbert explains the principle of expected utility maximisation and contrasts it with the results of behavioural research. Covers biases and heuristics in subjective estimation of both probabilities and utilities. Explains hyperbolic discounting and its role in apparently inconsistent preferences. 34 minutes including Q&A at end. It can be watched online or downloaded in a variety of formats.
Behavioural economist and co-author of Nudge, Richard Thaler gives an hour long lecture on themes from the book including choice architecture and libertarian paternalism. This event took place on May 29, 2008, as a part of the Authors@Google series and is presented as a YouTube video.
Online course consisting of 41 Youtube videos (totalling about 4 hours), online self-tests and forum capabilities for asking questions. The course addresses the economics of media industries, media bias, regulation and other governmental actions, and how media related to economic development. Six of the video lectures are given by guest speakers, addressing topics including media bias, net neutrality, and the market for newspapers.
One-and-a-half-hour video of a session featuring Diane Coyle of Enlightenment Economics, Steve Keen of Kingston University, and "Money, Blood and Revolution" author George Cooper. Each speaker gives a short talk outlining what they see as the problems with economics. The last hour of the video is a panel discussion with the three speakers responding to questions on the CORE project and on prospects for diversifying the economics curriculum.
This archive uses presents feedback on multi-choice questions on 40 different topics, with varying numbers of questions in each. Many of the questions involve clickable images, with students using mouse clicks to indicate equilibria. Topics include: markets, firms, wages, national income, money, unemployment and inflation, government, and international.
This is a website accompanying a 9 hour course in behavioural economics taught by Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago and organised by the Edge Foundation. It featured input from Sendhil Mullainathan, as well as Daniel Kahneman. The site includes texts providing an introduction to behavioural economics, reports on two days of the course and a videos of 10-15 minutes from each class, alongside a transcript of each videoed session.
Robert Reich, Professor of Public Policy in Berkeley’s Goldman School and former Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, delivers the keynote address at the Fall 2008 Teaching Conference for new Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs). It this 40 minute video, Reich talks about teaching, the role political views should or should not have in the classroom and takes questions from the floor on a variety of teaching topics. Useful for lecturers looking for a some tips on classroom practice. Requires a Flash player.
This is the website for a course on behavioural economics as taught as an advanced course at masters level by the University of Oslo since 2006. It includes details of the syllabus / reading list, assessment methods, lecture handouts and economic problems to be discussed in the seminars. Specific topics covered by the course include behavioral decision theory, time inconsistency and self-control, social preferences and fairness.
Why do smart people make irrational decisions every day? Why do we repeatedly make the same mistakes when we make our selections? How do our expectations influence our actual opinions and decisions? Dan Ariely of MIT applies behavioural economics to these questions in this 75 minute podcast. This event was recorded on 17 March 2008 at the London School of Economics. It can be listened to online or downloaded as an mp3.
This webpage supports a course on Economic issues as taught by Dieter Balkenborg at the University of Exeter. It includes extensive notes on insurance, adverse selection and moral hazards, a PowerPoint presentation on asymmetric information and associated notes, plus assessment questions.
This is a support website for the teaching of Wei-Choun Yu, Assistant Professor of Economics at Winona State University. It contains teaching materials for Macroeconomics, International Economics and Forecasting Methods. The individual course pages include syllabi, assignments, lecture slides and other materials. Each course page also includes brief links to external Internet sites.
This is a webpage supporting a course on Institutional and Behavioural Economics as taught by David Schweikhardt and A. Allan Schmid at Michigan State University in 2006.It covers topics such as: collective action, public choice, property rights, agency, transaction-information costs, behavioural theory of the firm-consumers-government, externalities, income distribution, order, evolution, learning, uncertainty, legitimation, altruism. Materials include handouts of lecture presentations, suggested readings and texts.
This is a syllabus for a behavioural economics course as taught by Professor P.J. Healy of Carnegie Mellon in 2006. It includes information on the course structure, assessments and topics. It also features a short article on Defining Behavioral Economics: History and A Parable, that explores the origins of the subject.
"Feasta is a charity founded in October 1998 by ordinary people who are not satisfied with the prevailing view that economic growth is an end in itself and must be fostered at all costs regardless of the social and environmental consequences." Articles about sustainability are available in different sections of the site: money, measuring progress, education, land and housing, democracy, energy and climate, health, food, business, community, and communication.