Prosperity has transformed the world. But the story of prosperity is far from simple-or complete. These 24 lectures give you an unrivaled overview of one of the most pressing issues of our day and take you behind the headlines and into the debates to dispel some common myths about prosperity and get at deeper truths.
In this stimulating, wide-ranging course, Professor Drezner shows that achieving prosperity involves more than economics. Psychology, sociology, political science, and history also come into play. By taking this broad view, he leads you to fundamental insights about how the modern world works and an understanding of the functioning of the U.S., European, Chinese, and other major economies, as well as an appreciation for the special problems faced by underdeveloped nations.
These lectures introduce you to dozens of case histories that illustrate what works and doesn't work in the drive to increase economic growth. A superb storyteller, Professor Drezner reaches back to examples such as the policy called mercantilism that trapped European powers in growth-killing trade practices from the 16th to 18th centuries. And he anchors his analysis in the present with discussions of globalization, financial bubbles, and other economic phenomena in the news.As a start on your own road to greater prosperity, educate yourself with this unparalleled explanation of the foundations of economic prosperity.
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I listened to Foundations of Economic Prosperity twice. Will listen to it again.
I liked the way Professor Drezner made economic prosperity understandable on three levels.
War is a major problem for national economic prosperity.
Poor health is a major problem for individual economic prosperity.
Education is important for individuals in developed countries to increase economic prosperity.
I have been interested in economics since taking a beginner college course in it several years ago, and thought this book would be a good way to pass the time while I made a cross-country trip. My wife, however, initially said she'd "rather eat a horseshoe" than listen with me.
After the first lecture, though, she was hooked and we had a lot of good discussions. Even for those advanced in the field of economics, this would be entertaining to pass the time, and for those looking to learn a bit more about it you won't be disappointed.
Thorough analysis and explanation of economic prosperity throughout the world from many different points of view. Excellent read. Highly recommended
The research and Data
We run a Bed and Breakfast and it was a great help when doing dishes and cleaning bathrooms
Should be a mandatory listen for all incoming Members of Congress and Gov't. Officials
This course is equal parts economics and political science. As a preliminary statement, I wish the Great Courses would recommend "prerequisites" for certain classes. For this one, the Great Courses should recommend its Economics course first as the professor assumes the listener is familiar with basic economics concepts and terms. If you are weak on the basics, take the Economics course before this one.
The general theme of the course is the spread of economic prosperity throughout the world. Each lesson focuses on a distinct topic and most lessons were fascinating and eye-opening. The topics range from the definition of economic prosperity to ways that individuals and nations can achieve prosperity. He discusses how prosperity goals often shape political positions and explains how politics and economics are interconnected. The professor gave many interesting statistics about the development of prosperity, focusing on both a historical perspective and modern events. For example, for the lesson economic bubbles, he began with the Dutch Tulip Mania of 1637 and ended with the housing bubble that triggered the 2008 Great Recession. All-in-all, this was a fascinating course and well-worth taking.
The content was very eye opening and informative.
Unfortunately the narrator's voice is a little on the high and nasally side. You can get used to it, though.
I love the great courses!!!
This has been a very interesting journey about the economies of the world, how they function and are interconnect. What makes them strong and what makes them weak. I found it very interesting that natural disasters and can have such long term effects and that the birth rate has a huge influence on the economy.
Keep those great courses coming, this is number 27 for me.
As someone with an academic background but absolutely zero knowledge of economics, this was a very valuable primer on the subject. It has certainly altered my political views, consolidating some beliefs and replacing others.
Very well performed by an esteemed lecturer.
This course is highly recommended to people desiring an introduction to economics.
The topics are not that interesting, but what's more important is that Prof Drezner sounds like he's lecturing than narrating. I don't know how to describe it, but his tone is not harmonious to the ear. It's almost like yelling but calmly. I guess it's because my previous book was spoken softly and fluidly. This one, he makes each sentence sound like it's a major point. It's "loud" and out there.
No. I like the topic.
I feel like I didn't learn anything from this book because all the points spoken were so general, nothing specific.
I think Prof Drezner should soften his tone. It made my listening experience very unpleasant and I noticed it from the start.
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