Learn “The Hidden Side of Economics” From the Comfort of Your Own Home
A publicist at U.C.L.A. has alerted us that the university is offering an online course called “The Economic Secrets to Everything.” It will be taught by Meric Keskinel of Loyola Marymount University. Here is how the course is described:
At its heart, economics is the study of society. The goal of this course is to demonstrate the usefulness of economics in addressing interesting everyday questions. … Instruction explores how people respond to various types of incentives. In addition, a large collection of real-world applications, paradoxical economic results, critiques of common economic fallacies, and solutions to economic mysteries are examined. Topics include competition and efficiency, correlation versus causation, consumer behavior and cheating, the incentives of experts, government regulation, the effects of technological change, and the consequences of imperfect information.
Sound a bit familiar? I thought so, too. Then I read the kicker:
Most of the readings are from Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.
Maybe I will audit.