Free Online Economics Courses

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Economics is the study of how people produce, distribute and exchange goods and services.

Economics is used to describe patterns of human behavior, to understand society-wide behavioral patterns, and to predict the consequences of changes in policy, pricing, and production.

Economics is an important area of study for aspiring workers in finance and healthcare. A basic grounding in economics can help you understand news about everything from student loans to the price of gas.

If you're looking for home economics and personal finance courses, please see our free online business courses section.

  1. Introductory Courses
  2. Behavioral Economics
  3. Econometrics
  4. Environmental Economics
  5. Game Theory
  6. History of Economics
  7. Industrial Organization
  8. Law and Economics
  9. Lecture Series
  10. Macroeconomics
  11. Microeconomics
  12. Monetary and Financial Economics
  13. Public Economics
  14. Schools and Theories in Economics

Introductory Courses

60 Second Adventures in Economics (iTunes) from Open University.

Applied Economics for Managers from MIT.

Introduction to Economics (iTunes) from UC Berkeley.

Principles of Economics for Scientists from Caltech and Coursera.

Behavioral Economics

A Beginner's Guide to Irrational Behavior from Duke University and Coursera.

Behavioral Economics and Finance from MIT.

Business Economics

Real Estate Economics from MIT.

Econometrics

Econometrics from the Saylor Foundation.

Finance and Econometrics (iTunes) from Westmont College.

Introduction to Computational Finance and Financial Econometrics from University of Washington and Coursera.

Environmental Economics

Climate Change in Four Dimensions from UC San Diego and Coursera.

Energy Decisions, Markets and Policies from MIT.

Engineering, Economics and the Regulation of the Electric Power Sector from MIT.

Environmental Economics and Policy (iTunes) from UC Berkeley.

Game Theory

Economic Applications of Game Theory from MIT.

Game Theory from Stanford, University of British Columbia, and Coursera.

Game Theory for Managers from MIT.

Gamification from University of Pennsylvania and Coursera.

History of Economics

Economic History of Financial Crises from MIT.

Generating the Wealth of Nations from the University of Melbourne and Coursera.

History of Economic Ideas from the Saylor Foundation.

History of Money and Banking in the United States Before the 20th Century (iTunes) from the Mises Institute.

Industrial Organization

Industrial Organization from the Saylor Foundation.

Industrial Organization I from MIT.

Industrial Organization and Public Policy from MIT.

Law and Economics

Property and Liability: An Introduction to Law and Economics from Wesleyan and Coursera.

Lecture Series

These lectures in economics are not dedicated to any one topic or course of study.

Economics Lectures (iTunes) from Cornell University.

Economics Lecture Series (iTunes) from Reed College.

Public Lectures and Events (iTunes) from the London School of Economics. You can find more lectures and highlights on their main iTunes page.

Macroeconomics

Applied Macro- and International Economics from MIT.

Intermediate Macroeconomics from the Saylor Foundation.

Macro and International Economics from MIT.

Macroeconomic Analysis (iTunes) from UC Berkeley.

Macroeconomic Lectures from Khan Academy.

Principes of Macroeconomics (iTunes) from Missouri State University.

Principles of Macroeconomics from the Saylor Foundation. Also on iTunes.

Principles of Macroeconomics from the University of Melbourne and Coursera.

Microeconomics

Intermediate Microeconomics from the Saylor Foundation. Also in iTunes.

Microeconomic Theory and Public Policy from MIT.

Microeconomics Lectures from Khan Academy.

Microeconomics for Managers from UC Irvine and Coursera.

Microeconomics Principles from University of Illinois and Coursera.

The Power of Markets from University of Rochester and Coursera.

Principles of Microeconomics (iTunes) from MIT.

Principes of Microeconomics from the Saylor Foundation. Also on iTunes.

Principles of Microeconomics from University of Pennsylvania and Coursera.

Monetary and Financial Economics

Analytics of Finance from MIT.

Computational Investing I from Georgia Tech and Coursera.

Corporate Finance from University of Pennyslvania and Coursera.

Entrepreneurial Finance from MIT.

Finance and capital markets lectures from Khan Academy.

Financial Markets from Yale University and Coursera.

Introduction to Computational Finance and Financial Econometrics from University of Washington and Coursera.

Introduction to Corporate Finance from University of Pennsylvania and Coursera.

Introduction to Finance from University of Michigan and Coursera.

Markets with Frictions from University of Wisconsin-Madison and Coursera.

Mathematical Methods for Quantitative Finance from University of Washington and Coursera.

Money, Banking, and Financial Markets from the Saylor Foundation.

Public Economics

The Challenges of Global Poverty from MIT and edX.

Climate Change from the University of Melbourne and Coursera.

Economic Development from the Saylor Foundation.

Economic Issues, Food and You from University of Florida and Coursera.

Health Policy and the Affordable Care Act from University of Pennsylvania and Coursera.

Principles of Obesity Economics from Johns Hopkins and Coursera.

Public Economics (Youtube) from Harvard University.

Public Economics from the Higher School of Economics and Coursera.

Public Finance from the Saylor Foundation.

Public Finance and Public Policy from MIT.

Social and Economic Networks from Stanford University and Coursera.

Schools and Theories in Economics

Austrian School of Economics: Revisionist History and Contemporary Theory (iTunes) from the Mises Institute.

Marxian Class Analysis Theory and Practice (Video) from the New School.

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