In our earlier blog posts, we have already featured free online courses in econometrics, mathematics and statistics, as well as economics podcasts. Continuing the collection of resources to learn economics, we would like to share with you a list of YouTube channels, which could be useful for all students in Economics & Econometrics.
Unlike some Open Online Courses, YouTube lectures won’t offer you credits or statements of accomplishment and might be a less interactive way to study a desired subject, but they can offer a great set of additional and tutorial materials, which would support your learning process. The quality of some live recorded lectures might be slightly lower than those with slides or electronic chalkboards, but an advantage is that it can give you a feeling of physical presence in class, which is a rare opportunity in the age of online learning.
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Produced by the author of Economist’s View, this channel is a real treasure box, giving its viewers access to full courses of lectures all recorded live. The channel covers Econometrics, Monetary Theory and Policy, History of Economic Thought and much more. It really has something for everyone.
The Berkley channel generously shares full courses (with powerpoint slides) in many sub-divisions of economics, as well as in a large number of other disciplines. This means you can keep up-to-date with the teachings of one of the world's leading universities. As a free resource, you can't get much better. It's like studying without the fees!
Slightly more limited than the Berkley channel (especially for external users), the MIT channel still offers some precious nuggets of economic knowledge - particularly to do with the basics. The full set of the lectures are, unfortunately, only available on the official page of MIT Open Course Ware. That said, for those just looking for an introductory look into economics, it's definitely worth checking out.
The YouTube channel of the Department of Economics of Duke University hosts a small but interesting collection of introductory lectures, as well as lectures on trending economics topics by some renowned speakers. This second feature makes the channel really worth checking in on now and again, as you can never be sure which hotshot economist could be popping up next!
Lambert's videos provide detailed commentaries on the main undergraduate and graduate courses most universities offer in economics. They are taught through a series of lectures given on an animated chalkboard. A perusal of this site is a great way to get an impression of exactly what an economics degree will be like - without having to pay the admission fee!
Jodi Beggs, author of the popular blog Economists Do It With Models, teaches economics to college and MBA students. In her videos, she shares her expertise in a collection of short explanatory lectures normally between 10-40 minutes. The channel consists not only of introductory videos, but also includes practice problem videos, making your research relevant and applicable - essential for those who get bogged down in too much abstraction.
The Economics Detective has a series of short animated videos - real short, normally between 3-4 minutes - covering some of the key economics concepts - a creative, fun, and non-time-consuming way to get yourself familiar with the basics. For those short of time, this is a great way to get a flavour of what the study of economics could bring. Also for those just wanting to brush up on some of the basics, the 'detective' could prove an invaluable resource.
Although not a huge catalogue, the University of California, Irvine, has published an extremely useful introductory lecture 'Math for Economists'. Broken in parts, this small but comprehensive lecture series does exactly what it says on the tin. The viewing figures alone show how useful it has already been, reaching clicks of over 50,000. Quite incredible for an economics lecture series!
Hosted by Hal Snarr, a professor at Westminster College, 'The Snarr Institute' provides instructional videos on economics and business quantitative methods. Those of the quantitive inclination will find these introductory videos a great initiation to the field. And for those already familiar in this area, the videos can serve as a useful refresher. It is always advisable to be confident with the fundamentals.
Even though not concentrated exclusively on economics, the voluntary library has shared an interesting collection of videos recorded at various events, offering diverse content not limited to economics. Given that economics is increasingly reliant on the methodology of many of the social sciences, keeping up to date in the development of other fields is of great value!
This must-watch channel will be of particular interest for those specializing in Environmental Economics, as most of its content pertains to this area. In our time of accelerating climate deterioration, this sub-discipline of economics is growing in importance. If we are to lengthen our planet's life, environmental economists will have to play a significant role. Get started and get watching!
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