China, India, and the United States: The Future of Economic Supremacy (The Great Courses)

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You are living at a critical moment of change for the world economy. A moment that will be defined by the economic trajectories of three key players. A moment whose outcome will have a deep and lasting impact on the way you live. Recent years have seen a dramatic, unprecedented transformation in the landscape of […]

Modern Economic Issues (The Great Courses)

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How do the major economic issues that dominate today’s news—questions about gross domestic product or budget deficits or trade imbalances—impact the average citizen? Why are health insurance and college tuition increasingly expensive? What can be done about soaring energy prices? In Modern Economic Issues, Professor Robert Whaples has crafted a course designed to answer just […]

Foundations of Economic Prosperity (The Great Courses)

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Prosperity has transformed the world. Defined as the ability to afford goods and services beyond basic necessities, prosperity is now a way of life for most residents of developed countries—so commonplace that few people realize what a rare and recent phenomenon it is. A mere two centuries ago, most people lived at a subsistence level, […]

Why Economies Rise or Fall (The Great Courses)

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How can a nation create the conditions for economic growth and prosperity, improving people’s lives on both the individual and national levels? And what, once these conditions are achieved, can it do to sustain this progress? Do any of the many “isms” under which we organize our economic philosophies hold the answer? While an insightful […]

Thinking about Capitalism (The Great Courses)

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As the economic system under which you live, capitalism shapes the marketplaces that determine where you live and work, how much you are paid, what you can buy, what you can accumulate toward your retirement, and every other aspect of a society based on monetary exchanges for goods and services. In an era of increasing […]

Unexpected Economics (The Great Courses)

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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? Why do people bother to vote in elections even when they […]

The Economics of Uncertainty (The Great Courses)

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Economies are deeply complex systems. The global marketplace—even national, state and local economies—involve many economic actors behaving in rational and irrational ways, sustaining a dizzying array of interconnected activity. Because of the number of participants involved in this global exchange, the unpredictability of their actions, and the sheer variety of possible actions, some degree of […]

Money and Banking: What Everyone Should Know (The Great Courses)

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From the invention of coins by the ancient Lydians to the 21st-century eurozone, human history tells the story of ingenious financial systems and the never-ending quest for economic solutions. Today, our global economy is both fascinating and dizzyingly complex—challenging even experts to comprehend it fully. But one thing remains clear: Money and finance play a […]

Advanced Investments (The Great Courses)

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You’ve worked hard. You’ve saved. You’ve put your savings to work so that it will increase in value over time. In other words, you’ve invested. But are you earning the best return on your investments? Are you meeting your goals? Are you comfortable with your level of risk? How liquid are your investments? Investing can […]

Financial Literacy: Finding Your Way in the Financial Markets (The Great Courses)

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The financial markets create tremendous opportunities that, for many of us, would otherwise be out of reach. A new home. Your child’s college education. Retirement. Without the ability to borrow and invest, life as we know it simply wouldn’t exist. Taking full advantage of everything the markets have to offer requires not only becoming familiar […]