60-Second Adventures in Economics

If you want to learn about economics, these videos are for you.

Ever shaken an invisible hand? Been flattened by a falling market? Or wondered what took the bend out of Phillips’ curve? David Mitchell helps reveal some of the great dilemmas faced by governments trying to run an economy – whether to save or spend, control inflation, regulate trade, fix exchange rates, or just leave everyone to get on with it and not intervene. You’ll learn why Adam Smith put such a high price on free markets, how Keynes found a bold new way to reduce unemployment, and what economists went on to discover about the impact of policy on people’s and businesses’ behaviour – which may not always be entirely rational.

The Paradox of Thrift:

The Phillips Curve:

The Principle of Comparative Advantage:

The Impossible Trinity:

Rational Choice Theory:

(via Open Culture)