One million dollars or all the world's knowledge of economics?

By Paul

A friend asked about videos available on the internet useful for teaching Econ 101. Here is my list.

On top would be the Video Economics and Brad De long’s Morning Coffee Videocasts.

University of Munich has a great series of video lectures including this debate between James Buchanan and Richard Musgrave.

World Bank and IMF have a series of webcasts; their book presentations and special lecture series like the Global Seminar Series are quite good.

The UN also a series of videos like U-Thant lecture series, WIDER Annual Lecture, and Global Seminar Series.

Various events at places like Cato and AEI are great. Here’s just a sample; Undercover Economist, Moral Consequences of Economic Growth, How Economics Can Help Courts Devise Legal Standards for Dismissing Claims and Summary Judgment, Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity.

University events are another source of material; start with University Channel, Princeton University webcasts, Harvard’s JFK School of Government’s video archive, MIT’s OpenCourseWare also has some of its lectures in video like this course in Differential Equations. Remember to visit MIT World™ ; free and open site that provides on-demand video of significant public events at MIT.

University of California Television is another great source; see under Teacher's Pet On-Demand Programs which includes Principles of Economics section. I didn’t quite understand why they included Jared Diamond’s presentation on Collapse under the ‘Principles of American Democracy’ category.

On world development themes there’re various events and series on the web; World Bank is best starting point, OECD has some webcasts (it’s not easy to find it on their website, they don’t even have an index on the website), World Economic Forum.

Miscellaneous; Some Economic principles books come with videos nowadays like Krugman’s, Hoover’s Uncommon Knowledge series, PBS programs like the Beautiful Mind, Foreign Exchange TV, A World Connected.

In case you need to convince students to study economics here’s initiative started by a UK group; “we challenged groups of students around the country (and beyond!) to make short films about what economics means to them, and to show us a glimpse of university life.”

One short film asks the question in the title; what would be your reaction? Would welcome comments, additions and thoughts.


Anonymous wrote:

The Commanding Heights site at PBS is really terrific.

-- May 28, 2006 6:16 PM

paul wrote:

-- May 28, 2006 10:10 PM

David Tufte wrote:

Colander's principles book now comes with videos by Paul Solman that my students like.

-- May 29, 2006 12:23 PM

Lee A. Arnold wrote:

Have a look at, which has a few videos about economics (scroll down) from a longer series which will be up and running soon.

-- May 29, 2006 1:18 PM

Lee A. Arnold wrote:

I don't know why that last link doesn't work, but you can just hit my name to get there.

-- May 29, 2006 1:23 PM

Mr T wrote:

That girl in the picture is HOT! Do you know her name?

-- May 29, 2006 3:38 PM

paul wrote:

Mr. T, she's Queen Rania of Jordan, she's Palestinian; see the world economic forum dicussion with her.

-- May 29, 2006 3:46 PM

crispynews wrote:

Some good entrepreneurship videos by experienced entrepreneurs:

articles about the world by an all star economics cast.

-- May 30, 2006 1:24 AM

Šimun Selak wrote:

Here is a list of few video lectures about economic history:

-- June 11, 2006 4:32 PM

Vlad wrote:

Thahk you for sharing very useful info about video lectures.

-- August 12, 2006 3:27 PM

go wrote:

-- April 14, 2008 8:13 AM

fusker wrote:

America Public Broadcasting's Marketplace has a number of videos as well om Vimeo:

The videos focus a lot more on finance but they also uncover some of the economic principles that drive the day to day events around us.

-- December 28, 2008 11:01 AM

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