Prosperity has transformed the world. But the story of prosperity is far from simple-or complete. These 24 lectures give you an unrivaled overview of one of the most pressing issues of our day and take you behind the headlines and into the debates to dispel some common myths about prosperity and get at deeper truths.
In this stimulating, wide-ranging course, Professor Drezner shows that achieving prosperity involves more than economics. Psychology, sociology, political science, and history also come into play. By taking this broad view, he leads you to fundamental insights about how the modern world works and an understanding of the functioning of the U.S., European, Chinese, and other major economies, as well as an appreciation for the special problems faced by underdeveloped nations.
These lectures introduce you to dozens of case histories that illustrate what works and doesn't work in the drive to increase economic growth. A superb storyteller, Professor Drezner reaches back to examples such as the policy called mercantilism that trapped European powers in growth-killing trade practices from the 16th to 18th centuries. And he anchors his analysis in the present with discussions of globalization, financial bubbles, and other economic phenomena in the news.As a start on your own road to greater prosperity, educate yourself with this unparalleled explanation of the foundations of economic prosperity.
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I listened to Foundations of Economic Prosperity twice. Will listen to it again.
I liked the way Professor Drezner made economic prosperity understandable on three levels.
War is a major problem for national economic prosperity.
Poor health is a major problem for individual economic prosperity.
Education is important for individuals in developed countries to increase economic prosperity.
"Broad presentation of trends with lots of disguised opinions"
A good overview of the topics of debate regarding individual and national prosperity and growth, but heavy on opinion combined with research-supported facts.
For example, on some topics, he warns readers/listeners against confusing correlation and causality, and in others he dismisses without any evidence thinkers he disagrees with that make that same point. One example: The effect of education/credentialing for individual advancement in developed countries. There is research showing college degrees more and more function only as credentialing, and that in the middle upper-class students with the habits, connections, and social capital to excel in college may do just fine as entrepreneurs without college. Drezner belittles that notion without any proof. Being familiar with that topic that took up such a small portion of the course, it makes me wonder what other topics were presented as settled when in fact there is debate.
The gem about Paul Ryan being a danger to capitalism for his apparently anarchist views, while Mr. Ryan is currently speaker of the House passing the largest budget ever in the history of the United States was comical. And no, Dr. Drezner was not being ironic.
Also, recommend listening at 1.25 speed minimum.
"Elegant analysis of economic prosperity"
Thorough analysis and explanation of economic prosperity throughout the world from many different points of view. Excellent read. Highly recommended
"Intriguing, enlightening, and engaging"
I have been interested in economics since taking a beginner college course in it several years ago, and thought this book would be a good way to pass the time while I made a cross-country trip. My wife, however, initially said she'd "rather eat a horseshoe" than listen with me.
After the first lecture, though, she was hooked and we had a lot of good discussions. Even for those advanced in the field of economics, this would be entertaining to pass the time, and for those looking to learn a bit more about it you won't be disappointed.
The research and Data
We run a Bed and Breakfast and it was a great help when doing dishes and cleaning bathrooms
Should be a mandatory listen for all incoming Members of Congress and Gov't. Officials
"Well informative with little to no substance"
Professor Drezner gave a well informative lecture in this audio book. If you pay close attention to his lecture you may realize or questions if this real world facts you can take away from his lecture. If you happen to miss or ignore his disclaimer, you would be very enlightening, but don't be disappointed, he will remind you once again.
You may notice that I gave the book all 15 stars... Because he is honest about his information. Don't expect to any hard facts, only theories... And enough information to shoot yourself if not treated caution.
Overall superb. Speaker was very clear and lecture was super organized. His examples resonated very well and I feel I retained many of the lessons. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in economics, politics or philosophy.
"one of the best of the 200 audio books I've heard"
one of the best of the 200 audio books I've heard. Very eye opening to say the least.
Great course. Easy to listen too and good coverage of the issues. Not too deep or too superficial
"Interesting Blend of Economics & Political Science"
This course is equal parts economics and political science. As a preliminary statement, I wish the Great Courses would recommend "prerequisites" for certain classes. For this one, the Great Courses should recommend its Economics course first as the professor assumes the listener is familiar with basic economics concepts and terms. If you are weak on the basics, take the Economics course before this one.
The general theme of the course is the spread of economic prosperity throughout the world. Each lesson focuses on a distinct topic and most lessons were fascinating and eye-opening. The topics range from the definition of economic prosperity to ways that individuals and nations can achieve prosperity. He discusses how prosperity goals often shape political positions and explains how politics and economics are interconnected. The professor gave many interesting statistics about the development of prosperity, focusing on both a historical perspective and modern events. For example, for the lesson economic bubbles, he began with the Dutch Tulip Mania of 1637 and ended with the housing bubble that triggered the 2008 Great Recession. All-in-all, this was a fascinating course and well-worth taking.
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