Economics OpenCourseWare: A Free Bachelor Level Economics Course by USU

Published Feb 10, 2009

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'Introduction to Economics' is a free undergraduate OpenCourseWare offered by Utah State University that offers an introduction to economics. The course provides an overview of the U.S. economy and describes the interactions between private and public institutions that make up American markets. This course is intended for anyone with an interest in economics, including undergraduate-level students and and business professionals.

Introduction to Economics: Course Specifics

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Introduction to Economics: Course Description

This undergraduate OpenCourseWare from Utah State University presents a basic introduction to economics and analyzes the major economic institutions in the American economy. Among the subjects discussed are private property rights, markets and business organizations, including banks and labor unions. International trade and taxation are also covered. The course begins by introducing students to the workings of a market economy, the institutions that comprise them and how they come into being. The role of government in a market economy is discussed and market forces such as inflation, unemployment and the role of the Federal Reserve and the money supply are explained. Professor Tyler Bowles teaches this lecture-based course and recommends the textbook Macroeconomics, 6th ed, Bolyes & Melvin).

Audio lecture notes and assignments are available for download. If you're interested in taking this free undergraduate course, visit the introduction to economics course page.

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