Principles of Microeconomics in Principles (General)

Living Economics

Nearly two hundred terms are given short, one-line defintions, with links to graphs or articles for further explanation.

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An open online textbook, divided into 38 chapters, drawn from various open educational sources including MIT Open CouseWare and Wikipedia, and curated by "subject matter experts, like professors, PhDs and Master’s students." One section deals with controversies in economics (with a US focus), such as "should the Government maintain a balanced budget?" Readers with a free login can highlight parts of the text, add notes, or access quizzes or flashcards. The site's FAQ says that paid-for services will be introduced on top of the free access and tools that are already offered.

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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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Carnegie Mellon University

This is an online economics course produced by Carnegie Mellon University, which provides access to online course workbooks used in the full semester course on economics. This open and free version of the online workbooks does not include access to the virtual online experiments, end-of-module graded exams or to the course instructor. There are seven experiments and related workbooks on topics such as, supply and demand, monopoly and cartels and network externalities.

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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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This set of free downloadable textbooks is aimed at UK economics students. The  title includes introductory topics such as the basics of international economics, the neo-classical growth model, econometrics and micro/macro analysis. Users are required to fill in brief personal details before they can download the PDF files of the full text of the books. They range in size from about 20 pages to 150 pages and the authors appear to be mainly European.

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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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WinEcon Consortium

WinEcon is an interactive learning software package for economics, business economics, maths for economics and the range of Sloman textbooks designed to support economics courses. The software provides many hours of tutorial material and includes: all the relevant theory, interactive exercises, self-assessment questions, economics databases and an economic glossary. Teachers of economics can integrate WinEcon into their Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) by creating links from any Web page, Word, Powerpoint or Excel document to specific WinEcon topics. Students working on their own machines can also make full use of these features to link to specific WinEcon screens from their lecturer's Web pages by installing the single user software.

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This archive uses presents feedback on multi-choice questions on 40 different topics, with varying numbers of questions in each. Many of the questions involve clickable images, with students using mouse clicks to indicate equilibria. Topics include: markets, firms, wages, national income, money, unemployment and inflation, government, and international.

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Economics and business dictionary from The Guardian, with bias towards business and finance but covering main economics concepts (e.g. Deflation, Keynesian economics, Retail price index) and institutional terms (e.g. Agenda 21, Federal Reserve Board, Nikkei 225). Basic, single-paragraph definitions.

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Bill Parke, University of North Carolina

Classic economic models is a set of economic models that run through a web browser, some of which are available as free trials. The models are divided into micro and macro models, covering topics such as perfect competition, Keynsian models, price discrimination and utility-based valuation of risk. The models take the form of model link files which can be read by the EconModel plug-in. Access to the non-free models requires an annual subscription, currently 20 USD for a year. Most of the models have exercise sheets in PDF suitable for printing.

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Carbon Tax Center

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.

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Henry B. Tippie College of Business

Iowa Electronic Markets (IEM) is an online futures market where contract payoffs are based on real-world events such as political outcomes (including the US Presidential election), companies' earnings per share (EPS), and stock price returns. It is run as a non-profit educational and research project by faculty at University of Iowa, Henry B. Tippie College of Business. Most of the markets use real money, although there is a free practice market. The site includes instructor resources, research papers based on their experience and a trader's manual.

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Roger Schenk, Saint Joseph's College, Indiana

This on-line introductory text by Roger Schenk includes both micro- and macro- sections, with about a dozen chapters in each. The text has its own glossary and Who's Who and is available as a CD-ROM. A separate index holds text that has been removed from the main content of the book for flow or because it was too technical.

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Thinkwell is a commercial learning tutorial service that supports economics, microeconomics and macroeconomics courses. It consists of video lectures that give simultaneous views of the lecturer and his slides and animations. Online interactive exercises with feedback, review notes, course management tools and a dedicated website for users. Lecturers can customise the course and view the results of interactive tests taken by their students. The materials are available online via subscription and require Flash / QuickTime / Java to load.

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Addison Wesley

ECON100 offers various resources to support a number of text books authored or co-authored by Michael Parkin. Included are lecture notes (in PowerPoint, HTML or RTF), online quizzes, and news analysis.

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Staffordshire University. Institute for Education Policy Research

Embedding Threshold Concepts is a project of the Institute for Education Policy Research at Staffordshire University. It aimed "to improve students understanding in economics by developing first year undergraduates acquisition of threshold concepts" and applied to both students on specialist economics degrees and non-specialists, for instance those on business degrees. The site includes teaching materials, suggested student activities, working papers / readings and further information about the project.

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Simon Halliday, University of Cape Town, South Africa. School of Economics
Video of a presentation given by Simon Halliday on 9 September 2010 at the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Features material from Edward Tufte, Garr Reynolds, Larry Lessig and others in a discussion of presentation techniques, then proceeds to look at the use of music and music videos, film and technology in teaching. Also looks at some of the challenges that face a prospective teacher wishing to use technology in a country like South Africa and in a university like the University of Cape Town with large classes and high bandwidth costs.
Aplia Inc
This is an online set of teaching material, including multi-player classroom experiments, interactive text and problem sets, combined with a course management system. It runs over the Web, using standard browsers with the Flash plug-in. The system tracks student use of the system, and produces reports for the instructor. The material can be customised by the instructor using a Web interface. Material is available to support a range of standard textbooks and can be broken down by subject / course.

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