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If You Could Take Any Econ Course in the World, What Would It Be?

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My choice: David Friedman's class on "Legal Systems Very Different From Ours."  Other suggestions?

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liberty writes:

wow... i would not have expected to agree with you but I must say that I can hardly imagine a course i'd rather take... i feel so uncreative for just agreeing; but comparative legal and economic systems are the best way to teach economics, and that one looks excellent, and would be taught by a very well read and knowledgeable professor.

That would be my top choice too, I think.

Steve writes:

something with Bryan Caplan

HispanicPundit writes:

I'd probably pick a course by you, professor Caplan.

From your blog posts and the links youve posted to your notes, your class would probably be very interesting. Preferably a class with a mix of economics and race - topics like discrimination (statistical too), mobility, and culture. Interesting indeed!

RL writes:

Sadly, a tough question for non-academics to answer, simply because we don't know what courses are offered. Perhaps you'd like to give us a multiple choice of 20 or so interesting econ courses/teachers.

Zac writes:

Introduction to Empirical Research with Steve Levitt.

But I only choose that because I've already taken my top choice.

John Singleton writes:

Hands down, anything Adam Smith ever taught

Runner up: 301 Price Theory from Friedman.

Snark writes:

As a fly on the wall...A Short Course in Thinking About Thinking with Daniel Kahneman. What a round table!

Matt C writes:

I have to me-too the Friedman legal systems course.

Mike Hammock writes:

I've read so much of what Friedman has to say on alternative legal systems that I think marginal value of a course would probably be low.

I would much rather take a course from Arnold Kling on how to fix modern macroeconomics. I don't like macro, and I don't understand macro very well, but I think such a course would be more enlightening than just about any other class I could take.

RL writes:

Well, if it's not going to be multiple choice, I'd have to say a macroecon course from Jeff Hummel.

genghis writes:

Armen Alchian was a fantastic teacher.
GE with Mas-colell.

sean writes:

the economics of Camille Paglia

David R. Henderson writes:

Jeff Hummel's monetary theory class.

Ian Dunois writes:

Until he retired this year, I wanted to take Tullock's class.

If I had to choose it would be:
Walter Williams' Econ 811 Micro class
Peter Boettke's Austrian Theory of the Market Process I and II

Student @ NCSU writes:

I would take "Economics in the Bloomsbury Group" at Duke.

I don't take it, of course, because they tell me that "a mathematical introduction to probability theory" would look better on a transcript.

Pablo Abitbol writes:

Public and Environmental Affairs - Workshop in Public Policy, Elinor Ostrom

Ian Dunois writes:

I take it back.

I agree with Steven Horwitz on the Austrian Economists blog.

Anything by McCloskey

EclectEcon writes:

1. Macroeconomics from Arnold Kling.
2. Lunch-table economics at GMU.

Jayson Virissimo writes:

Anything by Steven Levitt or David Friedman.

Larry Peoples, Sr. writes:

Hayek vs. Obama in a no-holds-barred cage match!!

Jacob Oost writes:

Obama would be in traction after that.

And my preferred course would be "The Economics of Star Trek: From the Rules of Acquisition to Klingon House Structure."

David Friedman writes:

I'm afraid I can't offer a distance version of my seminar, but interested students will find recordings of most of the classes in the two courses I've been teaching this spring on my web page.

Economic Analysis of Law:

Analytic Methods for Lawyers:

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