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Prosperity has transformed the world. But the story of prosperity is far from simple-or complete. These 24 lectures give you an unrivaled overview of one of the most pressing issues of our day and take you behind the headlines and into the debates to dispel some common myths about prosperity and get at deeper truths.
In this stimulating, wide-ranging course, Professor Drezner shows that achieving prosperity involves more than economics. Psychology, sociology, political science, and history also come into play. By taking this broad view, he leads you to fundamental insights about how the modern world works and an understanding of the functioning of the U.S., European, Chinese, and other major economies, as well as an appreciation for the special problems faced by underdeveloped nations.
These lectures introduce you to dozens of case histories that illustrate what works and doesn't work in the drive to increase economic growth. A superb storyteller, Professor Drezner reaches back to examples such as the policy called mercantilism that trapped European powers in growth-killing trade practices from the 16th to 18th centuries. And he anchors his analysis in the present with discussions of globalization, financial bubbles, and other economic phenomena in the news.As a start on your own road to greater prosperity, educate yourself with this unparalleled explanation of the foundations of economic prosperity.
©2013 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2013 The Great Courses
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By Jennifer on 11-18-13

Very interesting.

Would you listen to Foundations of Economic Prosperity again? Why?

I listened to Foundations of Economic Prosperity twice. Will listen to it again.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the way Professor Drezner made economic prosperity understandable on three levels.

Which scene was your favorite?

War is a major problem for national economic prosperity.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Poor health is a major problem for individual economic prosperity.

Any additional comments?

Education is important for individuals in developed countries to increase economic prosperity.

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By Jack Hyer on 04-29-16

excellent course!

Overall superb. Speaker was very clear and lecture was super organized. His examples resonated very well and I feel I retained many of the lessons. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in economics, politics or philosophy.

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By Amazon Customer on 03-13-16

Superbly interesting.

Ok I'm no academic, but I can unreservedly recommend this.,very important subject, very well delivered.

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By Alison on 08-26-17

recommended

got off to a slow start but then became very interesting, enlightening and challenging. I recommend this course.

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By Mariano on 09-03-15

Brilliant and compelling

Simply the most incisive and compelling discussion on the subject of economic prosperity I have come across.

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