The Great Courses: Business & Economics

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Thinking Like an Economist: A Guide to Rational Decision Making Publisher's Summary

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.

Requiring no previous economics background, Professor Bartlett presents some of the fundamental principles and concepts that shape the lenses through which economists view the world. He then shows you how to use these simple analytical tools to understand what you see through those lenses. By learning to identify the many varied situations in which economics affects your life and how to wield the tools that can help you make the wisest choices in those situations, you'll enhance not only your understanding of daily life but your own success in living it.

Packed with case studies, helpful strategies, economic insights, and more, this series will equip you with a reliable toolkit for thinking more like an everyday economist and approach the issues in your own life with a more educated, seasoned eye. And after these dozen lectures with Professor Bartlett, things really will look very different. You'll see how basic economic ideas like incentives, risks, rewards, and rationality are not just the province of professional economists, government policymakers, or your local bank's loan officer, but instead lie at the root of nearly every decision you must make in your daily life.

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

    • By: Randall Bartlett, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Randall Bartlett
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
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    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great for beginners, nothing you for an economist

    • By V. T. on 07-08-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Foundations of Economic Prosperity

    • By: Daniel W. Drezner, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Daniel W. Drezner
    • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
    • Original Recording
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    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very interesting.

    • By Jennifer on 11-18-13

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Economics, 3rd Edition

    • By: Timothy Taylor, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Timothy Taylor
    • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
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    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Econmics, 3rd Edition

    • By Linda Chan on 09-18-13

    Regular price: $41.95

    • Thinking about Capitalism

    • By: Jerry Z. Muller, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Jerry Z. Muller
    • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great intellectual historical look at capitalism

    • By Jake on 06-21-14

    Regular price: $41.95

    • Modern Economic Issues

    • By: Robert Whaples, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Whaples
    • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
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    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Great intro, but outdated.

    • By J. Savage on 12-23-14

    Regular price: $41.95

    • America and the New Global Economy

    • By: Timothy Taylor, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Timothy Taylor
    • Length: 18 hrs and 49 mins
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    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Impressive; dates from around 2008

    • By Philo on 08-29-13

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    • Money and Banking: What Everyone Should Know

    • By: Michael K. Salemi, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Michael K. Salemi
    • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
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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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Bank mysteries only somewhat less mysterious

    • By LongerILiveLessIKnow on 01-14-14

    Regular price: $41.95

    • The Art of Critical Decision Making

    • By: Michael A. Roberto, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Michael A. Roberto
    • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very rewarding, fulfilling its promise

    • By Philo on 09-15-13

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Transformational Leadership: How Leaders Change Teams, Companies, and Organizations

    • By: Michael A. Roberto, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Michael A. Roberto
    • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
    • Original Recording
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    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A lot of great material, all in one place.

    • By Mr. Johnston on 11-04-14

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Business Law: Contracts

    • By: Frank B. Cross, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Frank B. Cross
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    • Original Recording
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    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This lecture makes sense

    • By Cynthia on 01-11-14

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    • Business Law: Negligence and Torts

    • By: Frank B. Cross, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Frank B. Cross
    • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
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    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great narrator and good content.

    • By Brandy on 01-08-15

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    • Legacies of Great Economists

    • By: Timothy Taylor, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Timothy Taylor
    • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
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    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A fine basic survey: a home run for Prof. Taylor

    • By Philo on 03-19-14

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    • A History of the U.S. Economy in the 20th Century

    • By: Timothy Taylor, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Timothy Taylor
    • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
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    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very effective, as far as it goes

    • By Philo on 07-15-13

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    • Why Economies Rise or Fall

    • By: Peter Rodriguez, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Peter Rodriguez
    • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
    • Original Recording
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic course.

    • By B. duPont on 11-19-16

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Unexpected Economics

    • By: Timothy Taylor, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Timothy Taylor
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
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    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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Riveting Take on Big Issues from Econ Perspective

    • By Jake on 06-21-14

    Regular price: $34.95

    • China, India, and the United States: The Future of Economic Supremacy

    • By: Peter Rodriguez, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Peter Rodriguez
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Original Recording
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    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Understanding Replaces Fear

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-04-14

    Regular price: $9.95

    • How the Stock Market Works

    • By: Ramon P. DeGennaro, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Ramon P. DeGennaro
    • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
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    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Must read for everyone outside of the industry

    • By M. Acker on 02-03-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Advanced Investments

    • By: Steve L. Slezak, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Steve L. Slezak
    • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
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    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent content, but you need to watch the video

    • By John on 03-12-14

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Behavioral Economics

    • When Psychology and Economics Collide
    • By: Scott Huettel, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Scott Huettel
    • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
    • Original Recording
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    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Stating the Obvious

    • By SAMA on 01-12-14

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Financial Literacy: Finding Your Way in the Financial Markets

    • By: Connel Fullenkamp, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Connel Fullenkamp
    • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    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

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Clear, Concise and Easy Listening

    • By Lynn on 09-26-13

    Regular price: $34.95

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