Free online workbook, designed to be used alongside the CORE textbooks or as part of other courses. A succession of exercises are covered in R, Excel and Google Sheets. Screen-shots walk the reader through the steps of using each interface. The twelve chapters touch on topics including climate change, inequality, wellbeing and unemployment.
Online Text and Notes in Applied Economics
The Carbon Tax Center provides an explanation and justification of the carbon tax proposal, which includes useful detail on the general working of Pigovian and 'green' taxes with greenhouse gas emissions as a topical application. The site includes a presentational slide show and short non-technical papers (with supporting links) comparing the tax with market-based (tradable-quota) alternatives, giving evidence for its demand-reducing effects and explaining how its adverse distributional effects could be addressed. Offers subscription to email newsletter.
Marsh is a Professor of Public Policy. These documents are collections of topical opinion pieces from his blog and can be viewed online or downloaded as PDF. Topics include "Is a little Economics dangerous?", "Economics after the Crash", "Economics and Policy", and "The Problem of Housing Supply."
Ask Dr. Econ is an educational resource that answers questions on (mostly macro) economic issues by a Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco economist: the answer-bank is searchable by category or keyword. Answers are detailed, generally at introductory level. Examples: Does inflation hurt long-term growth? What are business cycles and how do they affect the economy? Why does a trade deficit weaken the currency? The service ran from 1998 until 2013.
Produced by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, this website traces the global financial crisis from the subprime mortgage losses in the United States to the wider turbulence in world financial markets. It tracks the policy interventions from a range of mainly US bodies, in response to the crisis. It provides an introduction to the global financial crisis that links to key original source data, rather than second hand commentary. The timeline starts in early 2007 and carries on to 2011, with brief entries outlining the key events and links to relevant press releases, Congressional testimony, financial data, reports and other Internet resources.
According to the About Us page, "nef is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. [It aims] to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues. [It works] in partnership and put[s] people and the planet first." The site has one section devoted to economics with links to the following areas: access to finance, enterprise and innovation, new ways of measuring, theoretical new economics, timebanks, tools for local economic renewal, inner city 100, jubilee research, real world economic outlook and transforming markets.
This is a sample draft chapter from the textbook "Hidden Order: The Economics of Everyday Life", the paperback version of which came out in 1997. The chapter presents a series of applications of basic economic thinking to questions of crime, deterrence and the law.