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Boundless Economics
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This catalog contains educational content originally curated by Boundless. In collaboration with the Boundless team, Lumen Learning imported these OER courses to the Lumen Platform, to ensure they remain freely available to the education community after Boundless ceased operations. Lumen maintains the Boundless content in the same condition it was provided to us. Courses may contain issues with formatting, accessibility, and the degree to which content remains current, accurate, and complete.

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Economics
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12/05/2019
Economics Made Easy: Curricular Resources for Economics Courses
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Looking for engaging content for your economics courses? The Institute for Humane Studies has curated this collection of educational resources to help economics professors enrich their curriculum. Find videos, interactive games, reading lists, and more on everything from opportunity costs to trade policy. This collection is updated frequently with new content, so watch this space!

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Economics
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Institute for Humane Studies
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06/09/2020
The Economics of Food and Agricultural Markets
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The Economics of Food and Agricultural Markets is written for applied intermediate microeconomics courses. The book showcases the power of economic principles to explain and predict issues and current events in the food, agricultural, agribusiness, international trade, and natural resource sectors. The field of agricultural economics is relevant, important and interesting. The study of market structures, also called industrial organization, provides powerful, timely, and useful tools for any individual or group making personal choices, business decisions, or public policies in food and agriculture industries.

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Economics
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New Prairie Press
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Andrew Barkley
Date Added:
12/21/2016
The Economics of Food and Agricultural Markets, 2nd edition
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The Second Edition of Economics of Food and Agricultural Markets (2019) is written for applied intermediate microeconomics courses. The book showcases the power of economic principles to explain and predict issues and current events in the food, agricultural, agribusiness, international trade, labor markets, and natural resource sectors. The field of agricultural economics is relevant, important and interesting. The study of market structures, also called industrial organization, provides powerful, timely, and useful tools for any individual or group making personal choices, business decisions, or public policies in food and agricultural industries.

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Agriculture
Economics
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Andrew Barkley
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09/26/2019
The Economy
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The text focuses throughout on evidence on the economy, from around the world, and from history. It is motivated by questions—how can we explain what we see? The method is to ask interesting questions first and then to introduce models that help to answer them. Standard tools such as constrained optimization are taught by showing how they give insight into real-world problems. Economics as a discipline is set in a social, political, and ethical context in which institutions matter.

CORE teaches students to be economists:

Start with a question, and look at the evidence.
Build a model that helps you understand what you see.
Critically evaluate the model: does it provide insight into the question, and explain the evidence?

Unit 1. The big questions about the economy
Units 2–3. Economic decision making
Units 4–6. Economic relationships and interactions
Units 7–10. Markets
Units 11–12. Market dynamics, how markets work and don’t work
Units 13–15. The aggregate economy in the short and medium run
Unit 16. The aggregate economy in the long run
Capstone units 17–22

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Economics
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05/10/2020
Economy, Society, and Public Policy
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Economy, Society, and Public Policy has been created specifically for students from social science, public policy, business and management, engineering, biology, and other disciplines, who are not economics majors.

Table of Contents:
1—Capitalism and democracy: Affluence, inequality, and the environment
2—Social interactions and economic outcomes
3—Public policy for fairness and efficiency
4—Work, wellbeing, and scarcity
5—Institutions, power, and inequality
6—The firm: Employees, managers, and owners
7—Firms and markets for goods and services
8—The labour market and the product market: Unemployment and inequality
9—The credit market: Borrowers, lenders, and the rate of interest
10—Banks, money, housing, and financial assets
11—Market successes and failures
12—Governments and markets in a democratic society

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Economics
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Electric Book Works
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05/10/2020
International Economics: Theory and Policy
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International Economics: Theory and Policy is built on Steve Suranovic’s belief that students need to learn the theory and models to understand how economics works and how economists understand the world. And, that these ideas are accessible to most students if they are explained thoroughly.

So, if you are looking for an International Economics text that will prepare your PhD students while promoting serious comprehension for the non-economics major, Steve Suranovic’s International Economics: Theory and Policy is for you.

International Economics: Theory and Policy presents numerous models in some detail; not by employing advanced mathematics, but rather by walking students through a detailed description of how a model’s assumptions influence its conclusions. Then, students learn how the models connect with the real world.

Steve’s book covers positive economics to help answer the normative questions; for example, what should a country do about trade policy, or about exchange rate policy? The results from models give students insights that help us answer these questions. Thus, this text strives to explain why each model is interesting by connecting its results to some aspect of a current policy issue.

This text eliminates some needlessly difficult material while adding and elaborating on other principles. For example, the development of the relative supply/demand structure, or the presentation of offer curves, are omitted as to not go too deeply into topics that tend to confuse many students at this level.

Steve developed new approaches in this text including a simple way to present the Jones’ magnification effects, a systematic method to teach the theory of the second best, and a unique description of valid reasons to worry about trade deficits. These new approaches help students learn the concepts and models and derive conclusions from them.

If you like to take a comprehensive look at trade policies, be sure to check out the chapter on Trade Policy (7). It provides a comprehensive look at many more trade policies than are found in many of the printed textbooks on the market today.

International Economics: Theory and Policy by Steve Suranovic is intended for use in a full semester trade course, a full semester finance course, or a one semester trade/finance course.

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Economics
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Flat World Knowledge
Author:
Steve Suranovic
Date Added:
08/01/2010
International Trade
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This course takes a look at the basic theories of international trade and the consequences of trade in today's global economy. You'll have the opportunity to learn more about fundamental ideas such as comparative advantage, increasing returns to scale, factor endowments, and arbitrage across borders. The consequences we discuss include the effects of offshoring, how trade has shaped the economies of China, Mexico, and Korea, when foreign direct investment is desirable, and the history of free trade and tariffs, among other topics. Trade is a topic of increasing importance and this material will give you a better grasp on the theories and empirics as they have been developed by economists.

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Economics
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Marginal Revolution University
Author:
Alex Tabarrok
Tyler Cowen
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06/09/2020
Macroeconomics
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Macroeconomics provides an introduction to economic principles and market forces including supply and demand, unemployment, inflation, international trade and capital flows, monetary policy and banking, fiscal policy and globalization.

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Economics
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Lumen Learning
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06/13/2019
Microeconomics
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Microeconomics provides an introduction to economic principles and market forces including supply and demand, labor and financial markets, elasticity, consumer choices, cost and industry structure, competition, monopoly, negative and positive externalities, economic inequality, financial markets, international trade, globalization and protectionism.

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Economics
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Full Course
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Lumen Learning
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06/13/2019
Principles of Economics
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Flat World Knowledge is thrilled to publish a first edition re-launch of Tim Tregarthen’s acclaimed Principles of Economics book, and proud to bring Tim's remarkable talents as a teacher to future generations of students.In 1996, Tim published the first edition of his principles of economics textbook to great acclaim, and it became widely used in colleges around the country. That same year, MS made him wheelchair-bound. The disease forced his retirement from teaching at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 1998. He lost the use of his arms in 2001 and has been quadriplegic ever since.Tim never let his disease get him down. In fact, he turned back to his love of writing and teaching for inspiration. He obtained a voice-activated computer, recruited a co-author, Libby Rittenberg of Colorado College, and turned his attention to revising his principles of economics book.Today we are excited to introduce Libby Rittenberg and Timothy Tregarthen’s Principles of Economics. The authors teach economics as the study of “choice “ by providing students with an accessible, straightforward overview of economics. This text combines the clarity and writing of Tregarthen's seminal periodical "The Margin" with great teaching insights.Rittenberg and Tregarthen help students to understand how real individuals actually work with economics. In this new book, the authors illustrate the practicality and relevance of economics with a variety of new illustrations and insights.The authors take a three-pronged approach to every concept: (1) the concept is covered with a “Heads Up” to ward off confusion, (2) a “You Try It” section makes sure students are staying on top of the concept and (3) a “Case and Point” section that uses a real-world application to harness the concept in reality. For one example of how this plays out in the text see "Chapter 3, Section 2 on Supply." hereThis book is intended for a two-semester course in economics taught out of the social sciences or business school.

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Economics
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Textbook
Provider:
Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project
Author:
Libby Rittenberg and Timothy Tregarthen
Date Added:
01/01/2011
Principles of Economics
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Principles of Economics covers scope and sequence requirements for a two-semester introductory economics course. The authors take a balanced approach to micro- and macroeconomics, to both Keynesian and classical views, and to the theory and application of economics concepts. The text also includes many current examples, which are handled in a politically equitable way.

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Economics
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Rice University
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OpenStax College
Author:
Amyaz Moledina
Andres Jauregui
Craig Richardson
Cynthia Gamez
Dan MacDonald
David Shapiro
Diane Keenan
Eric Dodge
Ralph Sonenshine
Steven Greenlaw
Timothy Taylor
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01/02/2014
Principles of Macroeconomics (Video)
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With this free video resource, students will explore the economic way of thinking, and the role incentives play in all our lives through engaging Hollywood production style videos.

Educators can use MRU's videos in a variety of ways, to include “flipping” the classroom, as study aids, supplementary material, concept reinforcement, or even as a full course offering.

In MRU's Principles of Macroeconomics course, we’ll cover fundamental questions such as: Why do some countries grow rich while others remain poor? How important is a country’s banking system — and what happened during the recent financial crisis? How did Zimbabwe end up with an inflation rate that rose into the quadrillions?

We’ll also cover important topics like the Federal Reserve, monetary policy, fiscal policy, the Solow Growth Model, institutional analysis, the “economics of ideas,” and more.

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What is Marginal Revolution University (MRU)?

Many of us can remember our first great economics teacher who fundamentally changed how we see the world. At MRU, we try and deliver that experience to millions worldwide through video.

Founded as a nonprofit in 2012 by George Mason University economics professors Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, MRU is building the world’s largest online library of free economics education videos -- currently weighing in at more than 800 videos.

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Economics
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Alex Tabarrok
Tyler Cowen
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05/10/2020
Principles of Microeconomics
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This book is an adaptation of Principles of Microeconomics originally published by OpenStax. This adapted version has been reorganized into eight topics and expanded to include over 200 multiple choice questions, examples, eight case studies including questions and solutions, and over 200 editable figures.

Topic 1: Introductory Concepts and Models
Introduction to Microeconomics
1.1 What Is Economics, and Why Is It Important?
1.2 Opportunity Costs & Sunk Costs
1.3 Marginal Analysis
Case Study - Beer or Cancer?
Solutions: Case Study - Beer or Cancer?
Topic 1 Multiple Choice Questions
Topic 1 Solutions
Topic 1 References
Topic 2: Specialization and Trade
Introduction to Specialization & Trade
2.1 Economic Efficiency
2.2 Production Possibility Frontier
2.3 Trade
Case Study - Brexit
Solutions: Case Study - Brexit
Topic 2 Multiple Choice Questions
Topic 2 Solutions
Topic 2 References
Topic 3: Supply, Demand, and Equilibrium
Introduction to Supply and Demand
3.1 The Competitive Market Model
3.2 Building Demand and Consumer Surplus
3.3 Other Determinants of Demand
3.4 Building Supply and Producer Surplus
3.5 Other Determinants of Supply
3.6 Equilibrium and Market Surplus
Case Study - The Housing Market
Solutions: Case Study - The Housing Market
Topic 3 Multiple Choice Questions
Topic 3 Solutions
Topic 3 References
Topic 4 Part 1: Elasticity
4.1 Calculating Elasticity
4.2 Elasticity and Revenue
4.3 Relative Elasticity
Topic 4 Part 2: Applications of Supply and Demand
4.4 Introduction to Government Policy
4.5 Price Controls
4.6 Quantity Controls
4.7 Taxes and Subsidies
4.8 Elasticity and Policy
4.9 Tariffs
Case Study - Automation in Fast Food
Solutions: Case Study - Automation in Fast Food
Topic 4 Multiple Choice Questions
Topic 4 Solutions
Topic 4 References
Topic 5: Externalities
Introduction to Environmental Protection and Negative Externalities
5.1 Externalities
5.2 Indirectly Correcting Externalities
5.3 Directly Targeting Pollution
Case Study - Sulpher Dioxide
Solutions: Case Study - Sulpher Dioxide
Topic 5 Solutions
Topic 5 References
Topic 6: Consumer Theory
Introduction to Consumer Choices
6.1 The Budget Line
6.2 The Indifference Curve
6.3 Understanding Consumer Theory
6.4 Building Demand
Case Study - The Liberal Gas Tax
Solutions: Case Study - The Liberal Gas Tax
Topic 6 Solutions
Topic 6 References
Topic 7: Producer Theory
Introduction to Cost and Industry Structure
7.1 Building Producer Theory
7.2 Understanding Producer Theory
7.3 Producer Theory in the Long Run
7.4 The Structure of Costs in the Long Run
Case Study - Oil Markets
Solution: Case Study - Oil Markets
Topic 7 Solutions
Topic 7 References
Topic 8: Imperfect Competition
Introduction to Imperfect Competition
8.1 Monopoly
8.2 Fixing Monopoly
8.3 Why Monopolies Persist
8.4 Monopolistic Competition
Case Study - Diamond's Demise
Solutions: Diamond's Demise
Topic 8 Solutions
Topic 8 References
Appendix C: Versioning History

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Economics
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Emma Hutchinson
Date Added:
05/10/2020
Principles of Microeconomics 2e
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Principles of Microeconomics covers the scope and sequence of most introductory microeconomics courses. The text includes many current examples, which are handled in a politically equitable way. The outcome is a balanced approach to the theory and application of economics concepts.

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Economics
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
Amyaz Moledina
Andres Jauregui
Craig Richardson
Cynthia Gamez
Dan MacDonald
David Shapiro
Diane Keenan
Eric Dodge
Ralph Sonenshine
Steven Greenlaw
Timothy Taylor
Date Added:
01/02/2014
Principles of Microeconomics (Video)
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With this free video resource, students will be exposed to the economic way of thinking. Students will understand how to use economics in their lives and, ultimately, you’ll see the world differently-- all through engaging Hollywood production style videos.

Educators can use MRU's videos in a variety of ways, to include “flipping” the classroom, as study aids, supplementary material, concept reinforcement, or even as a full course offering.

In MRU's Principles of Microeconomics course, covers fundamental concepts like supply and demand and equilibrium. We also answer questions such as: How are prices determined? What did Adam Smith mean when he said the market process works like an “invisible hand”? How is it that we have access to fresh roses in very cold cities every Valentine’s Day? All key topics are covered to include competition, monopoly, price discrimination, externalities, public goods and more.

There are no prerequisites for this course, and it is accessible to beginners.

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What is Marginal Revolution University (MRU)?

Many of us can remember our first great economics teacher who fundamentally changed how we see the world. At MRU, we try and deliver that experience to millions worldwide through video.

Founded as a nonprofit in 2012 by George Mason University economics professors Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, MRU is building the world’s largest online library of free economics education videos -- currently weighing in at more than 800 videos.

Subject:
Economics
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Full Course
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Lecture
Module
Syllabus
Author:
Alex Tabarrok
Tyler Cowen
Date Added:
05/10/2020