This is an introduction to the economics of altruism, according to Robin Upton. The site includes many links to essays about different aspects of economics and culture, including consumerism, depression, technology, intellectual property and post-Autistic (heterodox) economics.
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Part of a website supporting a course on the economics of education at MIT, as taught by Frank Levy in 2007. This series of lecture slides is available as PDF downloads and covers topics such as human capital theory, teacher quality and teacher training, higher education policy and school accountability, standards and testing.
Part of the MIT OpenCourseWare site, this page supports a 2004 course on economics and psychology. The course integrates psychological insights into economic models of behaviour. It discusses the limitations of standard economic models and surveys the ways in which psychological experiments have been used to learn about preferences, cognition, and behaviour. It includes a syllabus, list of readings, lectures slides / handouts, details of assignments and problem sets.
This is a 264-page book published through Open Book Publishers, available as a free download in PDF and other electronic formats, as well as in print. It combines a personal memoir with an introduction to some central concepts of modern economic thought. Rubinstein describes mathematical models as fables- existing between fantasy and reality, illuminating but not accurately portraying the real world.
Online course consisting of 41 Youtube videos (totalling about 4 hours), online self-tests and forum capabilities for asking questions. The course addresses the economics of media industries, media bias, regulation and other governmental actions, and how media related to economic development. Six of the video lectures are given by guest speakers, addressing topics including media bias, net neutrality, and the market for newspapers.
This is the website for a course on behavioural economics as taught as an advanced course at masters level by the University of Oslo since 2006. It includes details of the syllabus / reading list, assessment methods, lecture handouts and economic problems to be discussed in the seminars. Specific topics covered by the course include behavioral decision theory, time inconsistency and self-control, social preferences and fairness.
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.
This is a webpage supporting a course on Institutional and Behavioural Economics as taught by David Schweikhardt and A. Allan Schmid at Michigan State University in 2006.It covers topics such as: collective action, public choice, property rights, agency, transaction-information costs, behavioural theory of the firm-consumers-government, externalities, income distribution, order, evolution, learning, uncertainty, legitimation, altruism. Materials include handouts of lecture presentations, suggested readings and texts.
This webpage supports a course on Economic issues as taught by Dieter Balkenborg at the University of Exeter. It includes extensive notes on insurance, adverse selection and moral hazards, a PowerPoint presentation on asymmetric information and associated notes, plus assessment questions.
"Feasta is a charity founded in October 1998 by ordinary people who are not satisfied with the prevailing view that economic growth is an end in itself and must be fostered at all costs regardless of the social and environmental consequences." Articles about sustainability are available in different sections of the site: money, measuring progress, education, land and housing, democracy, energy and climate, health, food, business, community, and communication.