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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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This course is equal parts economics and political science. As a preliminary statement, I wish the Great Courses would recommend "prerequisites" for certain classes. For this one, the Great Courses should recommend its Economics course first as the professor assumes the listener is familiar with basic economics concepts and terms. If you are weak on the basics, take the Economics course before this one.
The general theme of the course is the spread of economic prosperity throughout the world. Each lesson focuses on a distinct topic and most lessons were fascinating and eye-opening. The topics range from the definition of economic prosperity to ways that individuals and nations can achieve prosperity. He discusses how prosperity goals often shape political positions and explains how politics and economics are interconnected. The professor gave many interesting statistics about the development of prosperity, focusing on both a historical perspective and modern events. For example, for the lesson economic bubbles, he began with the Dutch Tulip Mania of 1637 and ended with the housing bubble that triggered the 2008 Great Recession. All-in-all, this was a fascinating course and well-worth taking.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Ok I'm no academic, but I can unreservedly recommend this.,very important subject, very well delivered.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
got off to a slow start but then became very interesting, enlightening and challenging. I recommend this course.
Simply the most incisive and compelling discussion on the subject of economic prosperity I have come across.