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.
Video and Audio Lectures in Other topics
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.
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.
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.