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Great Economists: Classical Economics and Its Forerunners

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.

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Runs approx 9 video hours

Course Outline

Announcements

Print your Great Economist certificate! Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 14:46
The Great Economist Exam is Now Available! Monday, July 15, 2013 - 14:18
Guest Speakers

Professor Brandon Dupont of Western Washington University provides a video on Scottish economist John Law.

Abby Hall, a Mercatus PhD Fellow at George Mason University, provides a video on Edward Gibbon Wakefield.

Professor Lynne Kiesling of Northwestern University provides a video on Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments and an Introduction to Ricardo. (See also Adam Smith, Intro to Wealth of Nations and Life of John Stuart Mill for related material videos.) 

Can I earn a certificate?

Yes, if you pass the final exam, you will earn the "Great Economists" certificate on your MRUniversity profile. 

How can I get updates on this course?

If you subscribe to the course by using the button above, you will receive email updates on the course.

Can I use this content in my class?

Yes, please! The videos are freely available for non-commercial use. Please let us know how it goes.

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New videos on Friedrich Hayek's Individualism and Economic Order

BY ON Wed, December 18, 2013

In these videos, Professor Tyler Cowen leads you on an essay-by-essay discussion of Friedrich Hayek¹s essential economics text, Individualism and Economic Order.

Print your Great Economist certificate!

BY ON Thu, October 03, 2013

If you have passed the final exam, you can now easily print your certificate...

The Great Economist Exam is Now Available!

BY ON Mon, July 15, 2013

Earn your certificate today.

Great Economist Exam

Congratulations, you have made it to the end of Great Economists! The only thing that stands between you and your certification now is the final exam. The exam is 30 questions made up of multiple choice. To pass and receive a certification awarded on your profile, you must earn an 80% or higher on the exam. The exam is open note, untimed, and can be retaken as many times as needed. Good Luck!

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MRU Welcomes Lynne Kiesling!

BY ON Fri, June 28, 2013

New videos on Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments and David Ricardo from Professor Lynne Kiesling of Northwestern University.

Great Economists on iTunes

BY ON Wed, May 08, 2013

The first section is up!

New Course on Great Economists!

BY ON Mon, May 06, 2013

Why is Adam Smith the greatest economist of all time?

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