Free economics resources on-line

Here is a bleg from Austin Frakt:

I’m looking for free or cheap, but good, resources on economics, ones people might use for self-education. I’ve listed some about which I’m aware below, though I haven’t looked in detail at all of them, so the extent to which they—or that to which they link—are “good” is not fully known to me. I’m specifically not looking for health economics, and my interest is a bit tilted toward micro vs. macro, but not strongly. Nevertheless, if you’re aware of good stuff in the econ realm of any flavor, or have used any of the following, let me know what you think.

Though they can be high-cost if bought new, feel free to mention textbooks you like. Sometimes one can find them used or older editions for prices that someone intending to self-educate might pay. For what it’s worth, the texts I’ve read most closely are by Cowen and Tabarrok. I was impressed by their micro book and also enjoyed their macro one, some of my thoughts on which are here. Also, I’ve read and contributed to Health Economics, by Santerre and Neun. With that bias in mind, I recommend it.

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Here is a free economics resources page from Walter Antoniotti.  Alex recommends this Preston McAfee text.


this is the best free online econ resource i know of:

That Karl has always had that sense of humor.....

Is Khan Academy too obvious?

Can't say how could they are.

Can’t say how good they are.

If you want libros gratis, and many best sellers, try this Russian site, with the URL having the letters are shifted by one. That is, an "a" would become a "b" an a "M" would become an "N": iuuq://fo.cpplgj.psh/

I am not promoting copyright infringement. Besides some of the works on this site are in the public domain. Anyway it is fair use somehow.

How about a Wall Street Journal subscription? Too applied?


The WSJ is a resource for learning business, not economics. Years ago (many), The Economist used to publish "schools briefs". These were actual tutorials in economics. For example, they taught (among many other things), national income accounting.

See "Explaining the schools briefs" (

"This series of schools briefs revives The Economist’s occasional primers on topical subjects. The first series (published in 1975, on "Managing the British Economy") was intended to help British economics students prepare for school leaving exams, though we hoped it would also be of wider use. Subsequent subjects ranged widely, from American government to science. We last published a schools brief in 1999. It was on finance, and concluded: "Some of the new financial technologies are, in effect, efforts to bottle up considerable uncertainties. If they work, the world economy will be more stable. If not, an economic disaster might ensue.""

I probably read them from 1975 to 1999. Apparently, they are restarting. The last sentence is a hoot.


Coursera and, and ITunes U econ courses from U California, etc. too numerous to mention.

Short, quick, simple (simplistic?), diagrammatic, cheap and clear explanation of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT).


We have a macro book that we use for MBA and undergrad courses. International scope, data emphasis. Posted free online, $9 at Amazon. Stata code for figures. Links near the top of

Not ours, but see also OTexts:

Here's a nice Wikiversity presentation of Mankiw's 10 principles of economics.

David Andolfatto has a macro textbook. The macro class in the MA program at Mason used it last year.

This used to be the most comprehensive list of resources:

Obstfeld & Rogoff - Foundations of International Macroeconomics is available in .pdf on the first page of google results.

Closely related: Paddy Hirsch's series of short videos targeted at explaining single economic and financial concepts like derivatives, currencies, inflation, the Fed, Volcker Rule, CDOs, repos, shadow banking... etc using a whiteboard and storytelling.

The url: is a pair of online courses on micro and macro. I worked through both and learned a lot.

I found my copy of the previous edition of Mankiw in the trash. Value for money unbeatable!


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