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Overview and Textbooks

Overview: This course serves three distinct purposes.

  •  The course is an introduction to economics for non-majors. It is a self-contained and non-technical overview of the intellectual history of political economy.
  • It introduces the notion of a political economy, emphasizing the moral and ethical problems that markets solve, and fail to solve.
  • It is a bridge to more advanced courses in political philosophy, politics, and economics for the student who wants to sample these disciplines without committing to several semesters of coursework.

Textbooks: The following books were assigned as texts. You may find it useful to obtain these books if you want to follow the lectures closely. But it is possible to follow the lectures simply by doing the readings linked in the “syllabus” below.

Author's NameTitleEd.ISBN #Publisher
Burton FolsomMyth of Robber Barons6th9780963020314YOUNG AMERICA'S
M.C./K.M. MungerChoosing in Groups1st9781107699625CAMBRIDGE UNIV
Peter LeesonThe Invisible Hook1st9780691150093PRINCETON UNIV