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ORIGINAL
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  • Thinking Like an Economist: A Guide to Rational Decision Making

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Randall Bartlett
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    Economic forces are everywhere around you. But that doesn't mean you need to passively accept whatever outcome those forces might press upon you. Instead, with these 12 fast-moving and crystal clear lectures, you can learn how to use a small handful of basic nuts-and-bolts principles to turn those same forces to your own advantage.

    A User says: "A difficult subject made easy!"
    A difficult subject made easy!

    I have found this the best set of lectures on economics so far. The presenter paces himself. explains a concept and then gives an anecdote. This has..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 09 2014 by A User ()
  • Foundations of Economic Prosperity

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Daniel W. Drezner
    • Narrated By Professor Daniel W. Drezner
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (25)

    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.

    Jennifer says: "Very interesting."
    Very interesting.

    I listened to Foundations of Economic Prosperity twice. Will listen to it again.

    Reviewed on November 18 2013 by Jennifer (LOCUST GROVE, VA, United States)
  • Economics, 3rd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Timothy Taylor
    • Narrated By Professor Timothy Taylor
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (119)

    Economic issues are active in our lives every day. However, when the subject of economics comes up in conversation or on the news, we can find ourselves longing for a more sophisticated understanding of the fundamentals of economics. These 36 lectures will help you think about and discuss economic issues that affect you and the nation every day-interest rates, unemployment, personal investing, budget deficits, globalization, and many more-with a greater level of knowledge and sophistication.

    Linda Chan says: "Econmics, 3rd Edition"
    Econmics, 3rd Edition

    I enjoyed this lecture series. Enough to listen a second time; both for better understanding and for more recall for conversations with friends. The ..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 18 2013 by Linda Chan ()
  • Thinking about Capitalism

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jerry Z. Muller
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    (27)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
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    In these 36 engaging lectures, Professor Muller takes you deep inside the perspectives on this most important and pervasive force. You'll gain fresh insights that will strengthen your understanding of capitalism's rich history, its fascinating proponents and opponents, and its startling impact on our world. These lectures take you beyond economic analysis to look at how some of the greatest intellects have thought about capitalism and its moral, political, and cultural ramifications.

    Sam Motes says: "Deep look at Capitalistc thinking"
    Deep look at Capitalistc thinking

    Digs beneath the usually invoked capitalistic thinkers of Smith and Marx to other intellectuals over the years who have added to the dialogue of talki..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 01 2013 by Sam Motes (Tampa)
  • Modern Economic Issues

    • ORIGINAL (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Whaples
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Gross domestic product. Health insurance. Soaring energy prices. Major economic issues dominate today's news, but how do these issues impact the average citizen? This primer in 21st-century economics for the non-economist surveys today's most urgent economic issues that affect both global events and our everyday lives.You'll learn what economics has to say about making the decisions - big or small - that affect our daily lives.

    Sam Motes says: "Economic issues at the brink of the fall"
    Economic issues at the brink of the fall

    A decent review of economic issues today but hard to get past the datedness of this being a lecture from 2007 on economics on the brink of the fall. T..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 02 2013 by Sam Motes (Tampa)
  • America and the New Global Economy

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Timothy Taylor
    • Narrated By Professor Timothy Taylor
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    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Globalization continues to be a force in our economic climate. And the origins of this globalized economy, its effects on important contemporary concerns, and its future trends are just a few of the intriguing issues you explore in these 36 lectures. Go beyond the economy of the United States and examine the recent history of economies in other countries and regions. As you journey with Professor Taylor through the last 50 years of world economic history, you'll explore international perspectives on the new global economy and develop a richer understanding of our increasingly interconnected world.

    PHIL says: "Impressive; dates from around 2008"
    Impressive; dates from around 2008

    I hope this professor will produce something newer, as I would be very interested in his post-2008 take on things. He mixes statistics (such as per ca..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 29 2013 by PHIL (San Diego, CA, United States)
  • Money and Banking: What Everyone Should Know

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Michael K. Salemi
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
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    Money and finance play a deeply fundamental role in your life. Now, let an expert professor lead you in a panoramic exploration of our monetary and financial systems, their inner workings, and their crucial role and presence in your world. As a guiding theme of these 36 content-rich lectures, you observe the ways in which economies require efficient and evolving financial institutions and markets to fulfill their potential.

    LongerILiveLessIKnow says: "Bank mysteries only somewhat less mysterious"
    Bank mysteries only somewhat less mysterious

    I listened to this to help me gain a deeper understanding of what the hell it is that the Fed and other central bankers do. It helped somewhat. Sale..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 14 2014 by LongerILiveLessIKnow (Pennsylvania)
  • The Art of Critical Decision Making

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Michael A. Roberto
    • Narrated By Professor Michael A. Roberto
    Overall
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    Performance
    (152)
    Story
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    Learn to approach the critical decisions in your life with a more seasoned, educated eye with this fascinating 24-lecture series that explores how individuals, groups, and organizations make effective decisions. The heart of this accessible series is a thorough examination of decision making at three key levels. First, you'll look at decisions made at the individual level, where, among the many things you'll learn is that intuition is more than just a gut instinct and, in fact, represents a powerful pattern recognition capability.

    PHIL says: "Very rewarding, fulfilling its promise"
    Very rewarding, fulfilling its promise

    This work is clear, well-structured, well-paced, and understandable. It moves fluidly between practical pointers (sometimes checklist-like, with nice..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 15 2013 by PHIL (San Diego, CA, United States)
  • Transformational Leadership: How Leaders Change Teams, Companies, and Organizations

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Michael A. Roberto
    • Narrated By Professor Michael A. Roberto
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (83)

    Discover an essential handbook for strategies, concepts, and insights into the dynamics of transformational leadership in these 24 lectures, which take you on an in-depth examination of the leadership behaviors and capabilities essential to creating positive change in teams and organizations. Filled with case studies and lessons from leaders in business, politics, sports, and the military, as well as a range of specific skills and strategies you can put to use in your own career, this lecture series is an authoritative guide to successful leadership.

    sertsa says: "Great Leadership Overview - Theory & Application"
    Great Leadership Overview - Theory & Application

    It just so happens I am a grad student in a business leadership program in the midwest. Since we are off for the summer I was looking for something to..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 14 2013 by sertsa (Clinton, IA USA)
  • Business Law: Contracts

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Frank B. Cross
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    (46)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    What is a contract? How can you make one binding? How can you avoid being prematurely bound by one? What remedies are available if someone breaches your contract? These questions and the other important issues of legally enforceable promises are covered in these eight lectures. As you'll learn in these eight lectures, contractual agreements are one of the principal mechanisms for ordering life in society. Professor Cross lays a comprehensive foundation in the practical and intricate body of law that governs contracts.

    Cynthia says: "This lecture makes sense"
    This lecture makes sense

    I know nothing about the law so I thought I'd try to learn something. This is a great lecturer. I've listened to it twice. He's interesting and gives ..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 11 2014 by Cynthia (Greensboro, NC, United States)
  • Business Law: Negligence and Torts

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Frank B. Cross
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    These eight lectures address two important questions: When is someone else legally responsible for harm done to you? When are you legally responsible for harm done to someone else? This course of eight lectures discusses torts, the body of law designed to redress through civil litigation harms done to persons. As with all bodies of law, in order to analyze the legal implications of a potentially tortious action, it is necessary to blend common sense and pragmatic thinking with an understanding of legal definitions as they have evolved over time.

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  • Legacies of Great Economists

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Timothy Taylor
    • Narrated By Professor Timothy Taylor
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    When it comes to economics and economic theory, a few thinkers dominate the landscape. Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Alfred Marshall, John Maynard Keynes, and a handful of others have shaped the world of economics and influenced our lives. These 10 lectures acquaint you with the thoughts, theories, and lives of these great economists.

    PHIL says: "A fine basic survey: a home run for Prof. Taylor"
    A fine basic survey: a home run for Prof. Taylor

    This professor is passionate, obviously engaged with his subject, clear and accessible. This survey moves across many big books full of ideas pretty q..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 19 2014 by PHIL (San Diego, CA, United States)
  • A History of the U.S. Economy in the 20th Century

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Timothy Taylor
    • Narrated By Professor Timothy Taylor
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    The history of the U.S. economy in the 20th century is far too interesting-and far too important to our future-to be dismissed with just a few stock explanations. These 10 fast-paced lectures introduce you to vital economic lessons learned in the last century to provide invaluable guidance for understanding the current economy. Each lecture focuses exclusively on one decade to provide you with a clear understanding of economic developments and outside influences on the U.S. economy.

    PHIL says: "Very effective, as far as it goes"
    Very effective, as far as it goes

    I have read many books that weave in and out of this topic, but it is nice to hear a decade-by-decade walk-through. It is detail-rich (for a fast over..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 15 2013 by PHIL (San Diego, CA, United States)
  • Why Economies Rise or Fall

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Peter Rodriguez
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    Performance
    (9)
    Story
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    How can a nation create the conditions for economic growth and prosperity? And what, once these conditions are achieved, can it do to sustain this progress? Discover the answers (which may surprise you) in these 24 lectures that guide you through a stimulating and, above all, accessible examination of what economists know and don't know about the elusive search for economic prosperity.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great for Investors"
    Great for Investors

    This lecture will help you to understand what to look for when considering local or global investments. You will understand what really drives an eco..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 04 2014 by Amazon Customer (Murfreesboro, TN, United States)
  • Unexpected Economics

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Timothy Taylor
    • Narrated By Professor Timothy Taylor
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Why are we choosing to have fewer children, even as we put more time into raising each one? Why are we so often willing to follow the herd and the opinions of strangers when making important decisions, even when those decisions are deeply personal? Most surprising: Why are questions like these increasingly attracting the attention of economists?

    Jake says: "Riveting Take on Big Issues from Econ Perspective"
    Riveting Take on Big Issues from Econ Perspective

    In the vein of Freakonomics, Professor Taylor, undoubtedly one of the best Great Courses lecturers, provides you with a novel perspective on a variety..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 21 2014 by Jake (Port Hueneme, California, United States)
  • China, India, and the United States: The Future of Economic Supremacy

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Peter Rodriguez
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    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Knowing what to possibly expect from the future of the global economy presents an enormous opportunity for you to better prepare yourself for the momentous challenges and possibilities of tomorrow. Now you can, with this provocative six-lecture series. Offering pointed looks at the economic past, present, and possible futures of these three powerful nations, these lectures will have you finally grasping the intricate nature of our world economy and the driving forces responsible for where it will stand in years to come.

    Frank says: "A very good overview"
    A very good overview

    This recording gives a very good overview of the current state of what it predicts will be the 3 most important economies over the coming century. The..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 22 2013 by Frank (Omagh, NY, United States)
  • How the Stock Market Works

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Ramon P. DeGennaro
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    This course is an introduction to the stock market and stock investing for novices and experienced investors alike. Professor DeGennaro uses simple analogies to explain the origin of stocks and other securities, as well as their relative risks. He stresses the danger of trying to beat the market by trying to pick winners, predict price trends, or otherwise find opportunities that other investors have missed.

    Yuefang says: "Well Informed!!!"
    Well Informed!!!

    I love this lecture, and I'm glad The Great Courses provided for everyone no matter if you are novices or advanced to sophisticated investors. I year..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 18 2014 by Yuefang (Luwuk, Indonesia)
  • Advanced Investments

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steve L. Slezak, PhD
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    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    This is an advanced course for investors in the market, covering cutting-edge investment principles and practices used by professionals. You learn hands-on techniques for analyzing the central problem of investing: How to determine if a potential investment is a good deal. Employing concepts from probability and statistics, you learn how to measure risk accurately. Then you explore methods for determining if a given security, such as a stock or bond, will generate returns that compensate for its risk.

    John says: "Excellent content, but you need to watch the video"
    Excellent content, but you need to watch the video

    The course content was excellent. However, because there's a lot of math/statistics involved, listening to equations being spoken leaves you missing o..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 12 2014 by John (OAKTON, VA, United States)
  • Behavioral Economics: When Psychology and Economics Collide

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Scott Huettel
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (56)

    Behavioral economics is the study of decision making, and of the related themes of valuation, exchange, and interpersonal interactions. Using methods from psychology, sociology, neurology, and economics, behavioral economics sheds light one of the most fundamental activities of human life: the decision process. In 24 insightful lectures, you'll learn how behavioral economists look at decision making and explore a set of key principles that offer deep insight into how we evaluate information and integrate different factors to make decisions.

    Saud says: "Stating the Obvious"
    Stating the Obvious

    This course lists a lot of behavioral ideas we know but don't know we know, in excellent examples and words. Stimulating.

    Reviewed on January 12 2014 by Saud (United States)
  • Financial Literacy: Finding Your Way in the Financial Markets

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Connel Fullenkamp
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    With record-breaking highs one minute and economy-rocking lows the next, it can seem as if there's no way to feel truly comfortable in the mysterious world of finance. But there is, and it's more accessible than you might think. Financial Literacy: Finding Your Way in the Financial Markets is an essential primer on this domain, from its functions, strengths, and possibilities to its weaknesses and vulnerabilities

    Lynn says: "Clear, Concise and Easy Listening"
    Clear, Concise and Easy Listening

    One of the best

    Reviewed on September 26 2013 by Lynn (Chandler, AZ, United States)