I just received this email from Professor Don Boudreaux, who chairs the Department of Economics at George Mason University. It is a (free) course announcement – the title of the course is “Everyday Economics”. I highly recommend this course and plan to “sit” through it myself!
From: Don Boudreaux
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 4:04 PM
Subject: My New MRU Course: Trade and Prosperity
I’m excited to announce a new video series at Marginal Revolution University on Trade and Prosperity.
These videos are part of a new course, Everyday Economics, where instructors take a look at everyday scenarios to illustrate the role economics plays in our day-to-day lives.
In these videos on trade and prosperity, we’ll answer questions such as:
- How is it that human prosperity flatlined for most of history and then exploded in the last few hundred years?
- What can we learn about division of labor from the simple example of hamburgers being made at home versus at a restaurant?
- How did specialization of knowledge help my son overcome a life-threatening illness?
- What can we learn about cooperation and trade from the tragedy of Tasmania?
One of the key features of this course is that the viewer decides what we should cover next. Do you have questions about trade? Anything specific you’ve wondered about? Submit your ideas and vote on topics submitted by other viewers.
Also, keep an eye out for future Everyday Economics sections. Up next is Tyler Cowen’s section on the economics of food, to be released later this year.
See you in class,