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Great Economists (Audio)

Marginal Revolution University

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Great Economists (Audio)

Great Economists (Audio)

Marginal Revolution University

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This is the audio from the Marginal Revolution University video course on the Great Economists taught by professors Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok. In this course, you’ll find answers to questions like: Who were the first economic thinkers? What did early economists understand that has been lost to the modern world? You’ll also find a chapter-by-chapter overview of Adam Smith’s foundational work, The Wealth of Nations. For more econ knowledge, visit mruniversity.com

Latest Episodes

Friedrich A. Hayek’s Individualism and Economic Order

In this weeks podcast, Professor Tyler Cowen leads you on an essay-by-essay discussion of Friedrich Hayek¹s essential economics text, Individualism and Economic Order. Why is the use of knowledge in society so important? Did Hayek predict the European Union far before its time? How did Hayek respond to the Keynesian argument against the gold standard? And, which of Hayek's essays did Professor Cowen enjoy the most?

58 MIN2013 DEC 19
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Friedrich A. Hayek’s Individualism and Economic Order

Practical Issues Faced by the Classical Economists

We now look at some of the real world events which shaped classical economics, including the Poor Laws, the Corn Laws, the Irish famine, and the debates over monetary policy in this era.This unit is both economic history and a contextual look at the history of economic thought.

80 MIN2013 JUL 8
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Practical Issues Faced by the Classical Economists

After Adam Smith, Part Two

This week in our Great Economists course, we move into the heart of classical economics and examine such thinkers as Frederic Bastiat, John Stuart Mill, Friedrich List, and the early French mathematical economists. It is remarkable during this period how rapidly economics is developing and how sophisticated its insights are becoming.

99 MIN2013 JUL 2
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After Adam Smith, Part Two

After Adam Smith, Part 1

This week in our Great Economists course, we will highlight important figures that came after Adam Smith and discuss several key questions. Where did classical economics head after Adam Smith? Which ideas became part of the canon and which fell away? What was the Ricardian model and how did it work? Did the classical economists really believe in laissez-faire? And finally, how does all this tie into the eventual evolution of modern economics?

81 MIN2013 JUN 25
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After Adam Smith, Part 1

Wealth of Nations, Book Five

Taxes, debt, and fiscal policy are objects of some of the most heated debates in economics today. In this final part of The Wealth of Nations, you can take a look at what Smith thought on all of these topics. In important ways he remains ahead of the curve.

44 MIN2013 JUN 18
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Wealth of Nations, Book Five

Wealth of Nations, Book Four

Book IV offers some of Smith's most important discussions in Wealth of Nations, including his famous critique of mercantilism. The discussion of the corn trade is a favorite and it provides one of the most incisive understandings of the market price system which has ever been written.

35 MIN2013 JUN 12
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Wealth of Nations, Book Four

Wealth of Nations, Book Three

Book III is Smith at his most wide-ranging, Smith as historian, Smith as urban economist, Smith as growth theorist, and Smith as a thinker about the past, present, and future of Europe. The title -- "Of the different Progress of Opulence in different Nations" -- sums it up well. These are some of the most sweeping and breathtaking parts of *The Wealth of Nations*.

10 MIN2013 JUN 11
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Wealth of Nations, Book Three

Wealth of Nations, Book Two

In Book II of The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith presents his ideas on capital, capital accumulation, and how capital is connected with economic growth. You'll also find some controversial parts of the book here, such as the critique of usury and the distinction between productive and unproductive labor.

18 MIN2013 JUN 3
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Wealth of Nations, Book Two

Wealth of Nations, Book One

The opening parts of The Wealth of Nations have some of the most important material ever produced by economists. Smith covers the division of labor, the origins of exchange, and the critical question of why productivity differs across nations and regions. If you are going to study only one part of Wealth of Nations, this should be it.

51 MIN2013 MAY 28
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Wealth of Nations, Book One

Adam Smith

Adam Smith was arguably the greatest economist of all time, and Wealth of Nations is his greatest book. It remains a masterpiece to this day, and we set out to study it once again. Please join us in this quest to understand and to see the invisible hand!

34 MIN2013 MAY 21
Comments
Adam Smith

Latest Episodes

Friedrich A. Hayek’s Individualism and Economic Order

In this weeks podcast, Professor Tyler Cowen leads you on an essay-by-essay discussion of Friedrich Hayek¹s essential economics text, Individualism and Economic Order. Why is the use of knowledge in society so important? Did Hayek predict the European Union far before its time? How did Hayek respond to the Keynesian argument against the gold standard? And, which of Hayek's essays did Professor Cowen enjoy the most?

58 MIN2013 DEC 19
Comments
Friedrich A. Hayek’s Individualism and Economic Order

Practical Issues Faced by the Classical Economists

We now look at some of the real world events which shaped classical economics, including the Poor Laws, the Corn Laws, the Irish famine, and the debates over monetary policy in this era.This unit is both economic history and a contextual look at the history of economic thought.

80 MIN2013 JUL 8
Comments
Practical Issues Faced by the Classical Economists

After Adam Smith, Part Two

This week in our Great Economists course, we move into the heart of classical economics and examine such thinkers as Frederic Bastiat, John Stuart Mill, Friedrich List, and the early French mathematical economists. It is remarkable during this period how rapidly economics is developing and how sophisticated its insights are becoming.

99 MIN2013 JUL 2
Comments
After Adam Smith, Part Two

After Adam Smith, Part 1

This week in our Great Economists course, we will highlight important figures that came after Adam Smith and discuss several key questions. Where did classical economics head after Adam Smith? Which ideas became part of the canon and which fell away? What was the Ricardian model and how did it work? Did the classical economists really believe in laissez-faire? And finally, how does all this tie into the eventual evolution of modern economics?

81 MIN2013 JUN 25
Comments
After Adam Smith, Part 1

Wealth of Nations, Book Five

Taxes, debt, and fiscal policy are objects of some of the most heated debates in economics today. In this final part of The Wealth of Nations, you can take a look at what Smith thought on all of these topics. In important ways he remains ahead of the curve.

44 MIN2013 JUN 18
Comments
Wealth of Nations, Book Five

Wealth of Nations, Book Four

Book IV offers some of Smith's most important discussions in Wealth of Nations, including his famous critique of mercantilism. The discussion of the corn trade is a favorite and it provides one of the most incisive understandings of the market price system which has ever been written.

35 MIN2013 JUN 12
Comments
Wealth of Nations, Book Four

Wealth of Nations, Book Three

Book III is Smith at his most wide-ranging, Smith as historian, Smith as urban economist, Smith as growth theorist, and Smith as a thinker about the past, present, and future of Europe. The title -- "Of the different Progress of Opulence in different Nations" -- sums it up well. These are some of the most sweeping and breathtaking parts of *The Wealth of Nations*.

10 MIN2013 JUN 11
Comments
Wealth of Nations, Book Three

Wealth of Nations, Book Two

In Book II of The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith presents his ideas on capital, capital accumulation, and how capital is connected with economic growth. You'll also find some controversial parts of the book here, such as the critique of usury and the distinction between productive and unproductive labor.

18 MIN2013 JUN 3
Comments
Wealth of Nations, Book Two

Wealth of Nations, Book One

The opening parts of The Wealth of Nations have some of the most important material ever produced by economists. Smith covers the division of labor, the origins of exchange, and the critical question of why productivity differs across nations and regions. If you are going to study only one part of Wealth of Nations, this should be it.

51 MIN2013 MAY 28
Comments
Wealth of Nations, Book One

Adam Smith

Adam Smith was arguably the greatest economist of all time, and Wealth of Nations is his greatest book. It remains a masterpiece to this day, and we set out to study it once again. Please join us in this quest to understand and to see the invisible hand!

34 MIN2013 MAY 21
Comments
Adam Smith
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