Principles of Economics
About this courseSkip About this course
The early part of the course focuses on microeconomic analysis including the behavior of consumers and firms. We analyze markets for goods and services and policy choices that affect these markets. The later part of the course moves on to macroeconomic concepts such as national production, employment, inflation and interest rates. We explore models that determine long-run growth and short-term fluctuations in national economies. We then discuss the role of government regulation, monetary policy, and fiscal policy.
At a glance
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The Basic Core
- Getting Started
- Observing and Explaining the Economy
- The Supply and Demand Model
- Using the Supply and Demand Model
The Competitive Equilibrium Model
- Deriving Demand
- Deriving Supply
- Market Equilibrium and Efficiency
Firms and Industries Changing Over Time
- Cost and Changes at Firms Over Time
- The Rise and Fall of Industries
Deviations from Competition
- Monopoly and Market Power
- Between Monopoly and Competition
- Antitrust Policy and Regulation
- The Labor Supply and Demand Model
- Labor Model Cont. – Min. Wage and Discrimination
Key Economic Policy Issues
- Taxes, Transfers and Income Distribution
- Public Goods and Externalities
- Government Failure and Success
Financial and Capital Markets
- Markets for Physical Capital
- Financial Markets: Risk and Return
Macro Facts and Measures
- Getting Started with Macroeconomic Ideas
- Measuring Production, Income and Spending of Nations
Long Run Macro
- Determining Consumption, Investment and Govt. Shares
- Employment and Unemployment
- Productivity, Economic Growth and Determining Factors
- A Look at Money, Inflation and the Fed
Short Run Macro
- Introduction to Economic Fluctuations
- Economic Fluctuations Model
- Using the ADIA Model
Macro Policy Issues
- Intro to Macroeconomic Policy
- Fiscal Policy
- Monetary Policy
- Monetary Policy Analysis
International Economic Issues
- Gains from Trade
- International Trade Policy – Tariffs and Quotas
About the instructors
Frequently Asked QuestionsSkip Frequently Asked Questions
Is a textbook required for this course?
No. There is a strongly recommended textbook, but it is not required. The textbook is Principles of Economics, Version 9.0 by John B. Taylor and Akila Weerapana. The online version can be purchased at https://catalog.flatworldknowledge.com/catalog/editions/principles-of-economics-9 for $44.95.
Will I receive Stanford credit for this course?
No, this course is not for credit.
Is there a deadline to complete the quizzes within the course?
The quizzes can be completed any time before the course end date.