Questions Economists Answer with Jonathan Warner

Ref: C2345536

Economists seem to like making the subject mysterious. The purpose of this course is to try to demystify economics. The course is built around discussion of ten major principles of the subject, with the goal of building understanding of the way economies work - and why it matters. How does a free market economy work? Why do almost all economists think that allowing free trade between countries is a good thing? Why do most economists oppose rent controls? Why are they concerned about things like economic growth, inflation, unemployment and interest rates anyway? Each of the principles will be illustrated with examples or case studies of recent events, news stories and the like; students will be encouraged to think about topics that are of interest to them, and use the tools taught to analyse those topics.

Course aim

To assist students in using economic thinking; both to understand what news stories about the economy mean, and to appreciate and use economic concepts and processes in their decision-making

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • Some understanding of basic arithmetic is helpful; although information and data will usually be presented graphically, or by means of simple examples. Advanced maths skills are NOT required!

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Recognise the kinds of questions that economists ask and seek to answer
  • Describe the ways in which economists use theories and data to reach conclusions and recommend policies
  • Interpret economic data and make predictions based on it (in order to demonstrate your understanding of the use of data in policy-making)
  • Analyse a particular economic issue that interests you (in order to demonstrate your understanding of how economics does this)
  • Argue for a particular position based on economic reasoning (in order to demonstrate your understanding of the types of arguments economists make, and how they justify their positions)

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

All readings (of which most are optional) will be posted on Canvas. Students are encouraged to read/view/listen to the news.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Questions Economists Answer with Jonathan Warner

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