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I hope this professor will produce something newer, as I would be very interested in his post-2008 take on things. He mixes statistics (such as per capita GDP compared betwen countries, and changes in that over time) with the narrative history effectively. I wouldn't say I was stunned by any bit of information, but I was pleased with the overall walk-through, which sharpened my knowledge. He did have some very interesting stats and conjectures about what has and particularly hasn't worked in Africa and the Middle East. He works his way around the entire planet, and major economy-shaping events of the last several decades.
In mid-2008, delivering this lecture series, he seemed to have underestimated how bad things were going to get. But that is true of most people, including most economists.
His voice sometimes takes on a bit of an urgent or intense tone that can be slightly grating. But it is not significant, and wouldn't stop me from listening through this course (or others by him). I understand he has a lot to say in a compressed amount of time. I also enjoyed his global economic history of the 20th century.
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Though Tim's views on the importance and impact of the IMF and World Bank differ from mine, his insights and statistical data would be considered insightful by even the most up to date minds on the subject of micro and macro economics.
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I really enjoyed this lecture series from The Great Courses. Each lecture covered very interesting and pertinant economic issues facing America and the world as a whole. I would not hesitate to reccommend it to anyone interested in learning about global economics in today's world.