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This is the audio from the Marginal Revolution University video course on the Great Economists taught by professors Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok. In this course, you’ll find answers to questions like: Who were the first economic thinkers? What did early economists understand that has been lost to the modern world? You’ll also find a chapter-by-chapter overview of Adam Smith’s foundational work, The Wealth of Nations. For more econ knowledge, visit mruniversity.com

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This is the audio from the Marginal Revolution University video course on the Great Economists taught by professors Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok. In this course, you’ll find answers to questions like: Who were the first economic thinkers? What did early economists understand that has been lost to the modern world? You’ll also find a chapter-by-chapter overview of Adam Smith’s foundational work, The Wealth of Nations. For more econ knowledge, visit mruniversity.com

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Loved the first one! Please keep them coming Mr. Cowen.

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Loved the first one! Please keep them coming Mr. Cowen.
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Great Economists (Audio)

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This is the audio from the Marginal Revolution University video course on the Great Economists taught by professors Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok. In this course, you’ll find answers to questions like: Who were the first economic thinkers? What did early economists understand that has been lost to the modern world? You’ll also find a chapter-by-chapter overview of Adam Smith’s foundational work, The Wealth of Nations. For more econ knowledge, visit mruniversity.com

Rank #1: Adam Smith

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Adam Smith was arguably the greatest economist of all time, and Wealth of Nations is his greatest book. It remains a masterpiece to this day, and we set out to study it once again. Please join us in this quest to understand and to see the invisible hand!

May 20 2013

34mins

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Rank #2: Wealth of Nations, Book One

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The opening parts of The Wealth of Nations have some of the most important material ever produced by economists. Smith covers the division of labor, the origins of exchange, and the critical question of why productivity differs across nations and regions. If you are going to study only one part of Wealth of Nations, this should be it.

May 28 2013

52mins

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Rank #3: Wealth of Nations, Book Two

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In Book II of The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith presents his ideas on capital, capital accumulation, and how capital is connected with economic growth. You'll also find some controversial parts of the book here, such as the critique of usury and the distinction between productive and unproductive labor.

Jun 03 2013

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Rank #4: Wealth of Nations, Book Three

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Book III is Smith at his most wide-ranging, Smith as historian, Smith as urban economist, Smith as growth theorist, and Smith as a thinker about the past, present, and future of Europe. The title -- "Of the different Progress of Opulence in different Nations" -- sums it up well. These are some of the most sweeping and breathtaking parts of *The Wealth of Nations*.

Jun 11 2013

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Rank #5: Wealth of Nations, Book Four

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Book IV offers some of Smith's most important discussions in Wealth of Nations, including his famous critique of mercantilism. The discussion of the corn trade is a favorite and it provides one of the most incisive understandings of the market price system which has ever been written.

Jun 11 2013

35mins

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Friedrich A. Hayek’s Individualism and Economic Order

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In this weeks podcast, Professor Tyler Cowen leads you on an essay-by-essay discussion of Friedrich Hayek¹s essential economics text, Individualism and Economic Order. Why is the use of knowledge in society so important? Did Hayek predict the European Union far before its time? How did Hayek respond to the Keynesian argument against the gold standard? And, which of Hayek's essays did Professor Cowen enjoy the most?

Dec 18 2013

58mins

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Practical Issues Faced by the Classical Economists

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We now look at some of the real world events which shaped classical economics, including the Poor Laws, the Corn Laws, the Irish famine, and the debates over monetary policy in this era.  This unit is both economic history and a contextual look at the history of economic thought.

Jul 07 2013

1hr 20mins

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After Adam Smith, Part Two

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This week in our Great Economists course, we move into the heart of classical economics and examine such thinkers as Frederic Bastiat, John Stuart Mill, Friedrich List, and the early French mathematical economists. It is remarkable during this period how rapidly economics is developing and how sophisticated its insights are becoming.

Jul 01 2013

1hr 40mins

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After Adam Smith, Part 1

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This week in our Great Economists course, we will highlight important figures that came after Adam Smith and discuss several key questions. Where did classical economics head after Adam Smith? Which ideas became part of the canon and which fell away? What was the Ricardian model and how did it work? Did the classical economists really believe in laissez-faire? And finally, how does all this tie into the eventual evolution of modern economics?

Jun 24 2013

1hr 21mins

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Wealth of Nations, Book Five

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Taxes, debt, and fiscal policy are objects of some of the most heated debates in economics today. In this final part of The Wealth of Nations, you can take a look at what Smith thought on all of these topics. In important ways he remains ahead of the curve.

Jun 17 2013

45mins

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Wealth of Nations, Book Four

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Book IV offers some of Smith's most important discussions in Wealth of Nations, including his famous critique of mercantilism. The discussion of the corn trade is a favorite and it provides one of the most incisive understandings of the market price system which has ever been written.

Jun 11 2013

35mins

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Wealth of Nations, Book Three

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Book III is Smith at his most wide-ranging, Smith as historian, Smith as urban economist, Smith as growth theorist, and Smith as a thinker about the past, present, and future of Europe. The title -- "Of the different Progress of Opulence in different Nations" -- sums it up well. These are some of the most sweeping and breathtaking parts of *The Wealth of Nations*.

Jun 11 2013

10mins

Play

Wealth of Nations, Book Two

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In Book II of The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith presents his ideas on capital, capital accumulation, and how capital is connected with economic growth. You'll also find some controversial parts of the book here, such as the critique of usury and the distinction between productive and unproductive labor.

Jun 03 2013

19mins

Play

Wealth of Nations, Book One

Podcast cover
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The opening parts of The Wealth of Nations have some of the most important material ever produced by economists. Smith covers the division of labor, the origins of exchange, and the critical question of why productivity differs across nations and regions. If you are going to study only one part of Wealth of Nations, this should be it.

May 28 2013

52mins

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Adam Smith

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Adam Smith was arguably the greatest economist of all time, and Wealth of Nations is his greatest book. It remains a masterpiece to this day, and we set out to study it once again. Please join us in this quest to understand and to see the invisible hand!

May 20 2013

34mins

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Before Adam Smith, Part 2

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In the second section of Great Economists, we will continue looking at early economists and thinkers before Adam Smith. We'll be discussing Richard Cantillon's importance as a monetary theorist, Anne-Marie-Jacques Turgot writings on the distribution of riches (land, capital, and labor), Francois Quesnay's quantitative economic model he referred to as the "Tableau économique" and David Hume's thoughts on interest, trade, taxes, public debt and money.

May 13 2013

56mins

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Before Adam Smith, Part 1

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How did economics get started? What are the historical foundations of economic science and who were the first important writers on economics? The first podcast of the class starts with Galileo (yes, the astronomer) and takes you up through Bernard Mandeville, to give you an overview of where economic reasoning initially came from.

May 05 2013

57mins

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By ScubaHogg - May 14 2013
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Loved the first one! Please keep them coming Mr. Cowen.