This course covers the history of economic thought up until the “Marginal Revolution” in the 1870s and features a video for each chapter of Adam Smith’s “The Wealth of Nations.”
The videos will answer important questions such as: Who were the first economic thinkers? What are the very origins of economic thought? What did earlier economists understand but has been lost to the modern world? Why is Adam Smith the greatest economist of all time? How did the economic issues of the 18th and 19th centuries shape the thoughts of the classical economists?
This course is non-technical and is accessible to a beginner. If you pass the final exam, you will earn our “Great Economists” certificate on your profile.
1. Before Adam Smith, Part 1
2. Before Adam Smith, Part 2
3. Adam Smith
4. Wealth of Nations, Book One
5. Wealth of Nations, Book Two
6. Wealth of Nations, Book Three
7. Wealth of Nations, Book Four
8. Wealth of Nations, Book Five
9. After Adam Smith, Part One
10. After Adam Smith, Part Two
11. Practical issues faced by the classical economists
Requirements: This course is non-technical and is accessible to a beginner
Instructor: Alex Tabarrok and Tyler Cowen