Economists like to claim that they can explain everything. But does that really hold up?
In this series produced by the Institute for New Economic Thinking the economist, Ha-Joon Chang explains key concepts in economics. Each lecture lasts between 25 - 50 minutes and a great variety of topics is covered. The History of Economic Thought website has sorted the single lectures with accompanying materials:
Episode 1a – The Nature of Economics
Episode 1b – Five Reasons Why Economics is Political
Episode 2 – What is Wrong with Globalisation?
Episode 3 – Conceptualizing the Individual
Episode 4 – Can Economics Help Us Save the Planet, Part 1?
Episode 5 – Why are Some Countries Rich and Others Poor?
Episode 6 – Will Robots Take Your Job?
Episode 7 – Inequality: what is it and why does it matter?
Episode 8 – Production: The nature of production and its evolution
Episode 9 – The Role of the State
Episode 10 – Finance and Financial Crises
Episode 11 – Can Economics Help Us Save the Planet, Part 2
Episode 12 – Industrial Policy
Ha-Joon Chang's contribution is a crucial wrap-up on the economic discipline. In a popular scientific way he is able to explain what dominant paradigms are, the importance of Economics for public life and the importance of heterodox Economics for both acadamic and non-academic listeners. Highly recommended!