The Crisis of Credit is an 11 minute animation explaining the origins of the credit crunch in the United States. It covers the interaction of homeowners, mortgage lenders, investors and financial institutions that produced the global financial crisis. It provides simple explanations of a number of complex terms and systems, delivering an effective introduction to the topic. Users will need a Flash based video player to watch the animation.
Video and Audio Clips in Applied Economics
This YouTube playlist includes short (usually around 9 mins), well-produced videos illustrating the economic concepts underlying popular films. Examples include more recent films such as Elysium, Wall-E, The Lego Movie, and Dallas Buyers' Club, as well as classics like It's a Wonderful Life and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. The presenter is a US-based comedian and political columnist who intersperses clips from the relevant film with his own commentary and scenes into which he has been digitally inserted. In addition to the films, the series House of Cards is examined in one video.
This archive of 20+-minute interviews includes some of economists, politicians and academics speaking on economic issues. They include former Chancellor Alastair Darling, Christine Lagarde of the IMF, Richard Thaler, and Statistician Nate Silver.
A set of seven short videos, mostly around four minutes each, using sophisticated animation to explain the basics of trade and apply to everyday questions such as "Are We Better Off if We Buy Local?" These videos are part of an open course on the MRUniversity site, which includes download options, self-test questions, and a discussion facility.
A series of 21 short films, made by noted film directors, actors and comedians, to illustrate how economics applies to everyday life. The films are in a variety of different styles, using animation, comedy, parody or even choreography. The project was led by Morgan Spurlock, the director of "Super Size Me", and includes "Anchorman" writer Adam McKay, "American Psycho" director Mary Harron, and filmmaker/documentarian Werner Herzog. A team of economics experts selected the topics and advised on content.
The films, varying from five to nine minutes' length, are in five "chapters": What is the Economy? What is Money? What is the role of our Government? What is Globalization? and What causes Inequality? Some content and descriptions reflect the US origin of the material.
Geerling's video uploads include student-made videos from an "Economics of Everyday Life" project. The titles include "Rational Choice Theory: The Economics of Crime" and "Why Lecturers who assign group work secretly want their students to fail". It also includes videos about his approach to teaching.
Clips from the US version of the comedy series "The Office" are used to illustrate economic concepts. The often poor decisions made by characters are shown as examples of how not to think about economics. The clips are indexed by season, by episode name, by character and by clip length. Most of the clips are under four minutes in length, with many under one minute. Each clip is tagged with relevant economic concepts and has a one-paragraph explanation of the action and its relevance to economics.
A collection of short clips from the TV comedy "The Big Bang Theory" with tags and captions connecting them to economic topics. There is also a section with tutors' guides on activities for teaching various topics.
This section of the "NOW with Bill Moyers" television program website is devoted to the Enron story. It includes transcripts and audio clips from news stories on National Public Radio.
This site uses short clips from the TV comedy series "Seinfeld" to illustrate economic concepts. The clips are indexed by episode name and by economic concept. The site is also searchable. Each clip has a one-line summary and a discussion board.
A free archive of short broadcasts on Radio 4 in which Harford and guests critically examine statistics that are in the news, whether political, scientific, or sometimes whimsical. Questions have included "Is population density the right measure to be looking at when working out how many refugees countries should take?" "Why don’t all the opinion polls give the same results?" and "Is it true that Greece failed to collect 89% of taxes in 2010?"
Among the interviewees are Nobel laureates Angus Deaton and Al Roth. Episodes can be listened to online, and in podcasting software it is possible to subscribe and automatically download new episodes.