Great Economists: Classical Economics and Its Forerunners

This free video course covers the history of economic thought up until the "Marginal Revolution" in the 1870s and features a video for each chapter of Adam Smith's "The Wealth of Nations." The videos answer important questions such as: Who were the first economic thinkers? What are the very origins of economic thought? What did earlier economists understand but has been lost to the modern world? Why is Adam Smith the greatest economist of all time? How did the economic issues of the 18th and 19th centuries shape the thoughts of the classical economists? 

This course is non-technical and is accessible to a beginner. If you pass the final exam, you will earn our "Great Economists" certificate on your profile.

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Runs approx 9 video hours

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Dec 18
Guest Speakers

Professor Brandon Dupont of Western Washington University provides a video on Scottish economist John Law.

Abby Hall, a Mercatus PhD Fellow at George Mason University, provides a video on Edward Gibbon Wakefield.

Professor Lynne Kiesling of Northwestern University provides a video on Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments and an Introduction to Ricardo. (See also Adam Smith, Intro to Wealth of Nations and Life of John Stuart Mill for related material videos.) 

Can I earn a certificate?

Yes, if you pass the final exam, you will earn the "Great Economists" certificate on your MRUniversity profile. 

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Can I use this content in my class?

Yes, please! The videos are freely available for non-commercial use. Please let us know how it goes.

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