Video and Audio Lectures in Principles (General)

Stephen Kinsella, University of Limerick

This is a comprehensive archive of lecture videos from Stephen Kinsella, a lecturer in economics at the University of Limerick. It includes courses in financial economics, economics for business, economics of EU integration, international financial economics and occasional on-off lectures, for example those promoting his book Ireland in 2050. The lecture videos show the slides used and are synched with the audio track.

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Center for Economic and Policy Research

10 lectures by US economists downloadable as streamed video or MP3 audio presentations, with accompanying PowerPoint slides and related papers that pursue the issues in more depth. Two lectures are on growth (Dean Baker, Mark Weisbrot), others on US labour markets (John Schmitt), women in the labour market (Heather Boushey), trade (Mark Weisbrot), intergenerational mobility and life chances (Heather Boushey), the Federal Reserve, asset bubbles and intellectual property (all Dean Baker). The lectures are US-focused and reflect the sometimes market-critical perspective of the Center for Economic Policy and Research, a think-tank founded by Baker and Weisbrot in 1999 with an advisory board including Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Solow (not to be confused with the UK-based Centre for Economic Policy Research).

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Paul Collier, University of Oxford

This video from features a 19 minute presentation by Paul Collier about The Bottom Billion. Around the world right now, one billion people are trapped in poor or failing countries. How can we help them? Economist Paul Collier lays out a bold, compassionate plan for closing the gap between rich and poor. Paul Collier’s book The Bottom Billion shows what is happening to the poorest people in the world, and offers ideas for opening up opportunities to all. Users can download the audio or video to their desktop or watch it online.

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Jason G. Welker, Zurich International School

Welker's Wikinomics is a set of online resources for teachers and students of International Baccalaureate Economics. The video resources include around 100 video tutorials of about ten minutes each, uploaded during 2012. They use a narrated-diagram format to explain concepts in basic micro-, macro- and international economics. Each category also has flashcards, a glossary and worksheets.

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FreeVideoLectures brings together videos of economics courses from Universities such as Yale and Berkeley, as well as online providers like the Khan Academy. They are arranged by topics, including: international economics, trade, game theory, history of economic thought and economic demography. Items are listed by course enabling students to work through a course chronologically.

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The Open University

A set of six short animated videos each explaining a concept in economics and voiced by the actor and columnist David Mitchell. The topics are The Invisible Hand, The Paradox of Thrift, The Phillips Curve, Comparative Advantage, The Impossible Trinity (currency flows, low interest rates and stable exchange rates) and Rational Choice Theory. The videos are available on the OpenLearn website, from iTunes or on YouTube.

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Amos Witztum, London School of Economics and Political Science

Recorded September 2011, this lecture introduces distance learning and covers the motivations for studying a university course in Economics, including what can be learned about the subject from the 2008 financial crisis.

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Yoram Bauman

"Stand-up Economist" Bauman talks about his Cartoon Introduction to Economics in this 50-minute talk.

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Robert Frank, Cornell University

The author of "Everyday Economics" speaks about how the subject can be made more accessible in this 55 minute talk, filmed in July 2007.

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Tomáš Sedlácek, National Economic Council of the Czech Republic

In this 56-minute talk from October 2011, the author of "The Economics of Good and Evil" argues that Economics goes beyond being a science and defines ideal conditions rather than being purely descriptive.

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Ha-Joon Chang, Cambridge University

An eighty-minute video including a 45-minute presentation plus introduction and questions. The session took place on 1 May 2014 at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Ha-Joon Chang talks about different schools of thought in economics, and the responsibility of citizens to become economically literate.

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Stephen L. Chew, Sanford University

Five short live-action videos address popular misconceptions about learning and warn against shallow learning strategies. Using cognitive research about factors driving effective learning, the presenter argues that assumptions about learning developed in school may mean misapplied effort at university level. Later videos go on to show positive ways for students to use these insights.

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Andrew Heaton,

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.

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University of Cambridge

This 22 minute audio podcast from the University of Cambridge explores the credit crunch from an interdisciplinary perspective. With contributions from John Coates, a neuroscientist and former Wall Street Trader, Martin Daunton, an economic historian and Alan Macfarlane, a social anthropologist. It looks at how the crude use of historical analogies can cloud our understanding of the credit crunch, how hormones can affect the decision-makers who control the global financial system and how the breakdown in trust is threatening the world's financial stability. Users will need a Flash based audio player to listen to the podcast online or they can download it in a variety of formats.

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Robert Kaplan, Harvard University

This is a video of a panel discussion that took place on September 25, 2008 in the Sanders Theater at Harvard University. A range of Harvard academics including Robert Kaplan, Gregory Mankiw, Elizabeth Warren and others discuss how to understand and interpret recent developments in the U.S. and world markets. A video table of contents allows users to go directly to the contribution of one of the speakers.

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Commanding Heights is a three-part television series and a content-rich companion website. This extensive site offers resources for students, teachers, and the public-at-large. It was produced by PBS, the US publicly-funded broadcasting service. The site provides a guide to globalisation, trade and economic development. There is a timeline of key events since 1911, and a storyline of the three two-hour episodes of the TV programme. There are transcripts of interviews with people who are involved with or comment on economics, e.g. Naomi Klein. The Ideas section of the site looks at theories or phenomena like Reaganomics, the British Welfare State, the Chicago School, Marxist economics and Keynesian Economic Theory. The Resources page has a list of websites and a bibliography of books, for further research. An online educators' guide is available on the site, with a short video describing the site's key features.

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Study skills for Economics students

Our site Studying Economics has tips including writing and referencing, revision, and help with maths.

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