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Publisher's Summary

Economic forces are everywhere around you. But that doesn't mean you need to passively accept whatever outcome those forces might press upon you. Instead, with these 12 fast-moving and crystal clear lectures, you can learn how to use a small handful of basic nuts-and-bolts principles to turn those same forces to your own advantage.
Requiring no previous economics background, Professor Bartlett presents some of the fundamental principles and concepts that shape the lenses through which economists view the world. He then shows you how to use these simple analytical tools to understand what you see through those lenses. By learning to identify the many varied situations in which economics affects your life and how to wield the tools that can help you make the wisest choices in those situations, you'll enhance not only your understanding of daily life but your own success in living it.
Packed with case studies, helpful strategies, economic insights, and more, this series will equip you with a reliable toolkit for thinking more like an everyday economist and approach the issues in your own life with a more educated, seasoned eye. And after these dozen lectures with Professor Bartlett, things really will look very different. You'll see how basic economic ideas like incentives, risks, rewards, and rationality are not just the province of professional economists, government policymakers, or your local bank's loan officer, but instead lie at the root of nearly every decision you must make in your daily life.
©2010 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2010 The Great Courses
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By V. T. on 07-08-15

Great for beginners, nothing you for an economist

Strictly speaking, there is really nothing new in this book for people who either took courses in economics or read some of the popular books on the topic. It's really a very superficial presentation of some of the fundamental assumptions of economics. However, if you have no prior training or exposure to economics and would like to learn some basics, this is a fun series of non technical lectures that you will probably enjoy and learn from.

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By Cynthea Wellings on 03-09-14

A difficult subject made easy!

I have found this the best set of lectures on economics so far. The presenter paces himself. explains a concept and then gives an anecdote. This has enabled me to comprehend relatively difficult concepts with ease.
I own a small business and have never really understood a lot of the terms used in the modern press that relate to finance. I wish I had learned this information at the beginning of my career. It would have helped me enormously.
I give this 5 stars.

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By mr on 07-03-14

Could not be better.

Complex topic covered simply, easy to follow and useful. The lecturer is fantastic, excellent delivery and content.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful


By Shorty on 11-09-17

the best great courses economics audiobook

this is the best great courses audio book that I have read so far it is five stars all the way.

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By Alison on 06-26-17

life changing course

extremely good. easy listening. very stimulating and thought provoking. I see the world and decision making differently. this course is thoroughly recommended.

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