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  1. Do banks really create money (credit) out of "thin air"?

    There's much debate and confusion surrounding the idea that private banks can create money (credit) out of "thin air".

    "...contrary to what people might think, a bank doesn't make loans, by taking the deposits of a client and then lending those deposits out. Instead, the bank creates money out of thin air."
    http://www.businessinsider.com/where-does-money-come-from-2014-4

    While Krugman says:
    "I often see the view that banks can create credit out of thin air...This is all wrong...Bank loan officers can’t just issue checks out of thin air."
    http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/30/banking-mysticism-continued/

    I've spent several hours trying to find a definitive answer to this question but have yet…

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  2. Oligopoly and Game Theory

    Can you guys please make a video in Oligopoly and game theory

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  4. The coming wave of poverty in america -

    discuss factors such boomers age stressing SS and as technology puts more downward pressure on wages it will become harder to achieve the same levels of economic security we had in the past. What can be done to mitigate these macro forces?

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  5. Marxism economics course and Keynesian economics course

    I greatly enjoyed classical economists course. Similar courses on Marxism, Keynesian and other schools would be great compliments. (I attended Soviet Economic History but it did not comprehensively describe Marxism and its influence in other parts of the world).

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  6. Explore/discuss two-sided markets.

    Two-sided markets created by information platforms increasingly are a feature of how Internet services are monetized -- e.g. similar to how subscribers and advertisers are two sides of a "newspaper platform." Users and advertisers are two sides of the Google platform (albeit one side doesn't subscribe), similar to how viewers and advertisers were two sides of a TV station's business model. How do you use demand/supply curves to analyze and understand two-sided markets? What are the implications for price discrimination? What are the implications for monopoly? What are the implications for dynamic competition if an industry sector is prohibited from…

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  7. 4 votes
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  8. 4 votes
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  9. 3 votes
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  10. Macroeconomics

    Will there be an "Intro to Macro" course at some time in the near future?

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  11. 3 votes
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  12. Course on Stata , SAS programming.

    Could we have a course that teaches statistical and econometric programming in Stata and SAS? And hence, explaining econometric techniques and time series techniques using these statistical soft-wares.
    Thank You

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  13. Quantitative Analysis Course

    The existing courses are great. The next challenge is perhaps the greatest. I believe that an understanding of economics requires some mathematical analysis, a topic that creates some trepidation in many learners. A course on quantitative analysis that does not require a PhD in mathematics would be a boon.

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  14. Econometrics

    Can you please consider doing a course in econometrics? This is something all students struggle with.

    It would especially be great if you could do something on Time Series. Very few schools offer courses in time series econometrics!

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  15. I'd like to see a discussion of the societal value of inherited wealth vs self created wealth.

    A year or so ago, there was a mention of the Forbes 400 US and that 60% of them were self made. It would be interesting to hear the pros and cons comparing the two groups. Clearly the self made group is adding benefits to our world, but what societal benefits come from the 'inherited' group?

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  16. Create courses on the great modern economists and modern economic models

    Basically, do a course on the great economists and economic ideas since 1900 (e.g. Lucas Critique, IS/LM, Rational Expectations, etc)

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  17. I'd like to suggest a topic State vs Market failures

    In MVHO in current times free market is blamed for problems originated by politics and lots of people would need clarification on this

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  18. Japan's lost decade

    Japan, currently the third largest economy in the world, has experienced meager economic growth over the past 15 or so years, despite (or because?) using many tools advocated by certain economic schools ranging from deficit spending, record-low interest rates and so forth.
    Why is economic growth in Japan so low?
    What is the regulatory environment businesses have to operate within in Japan vs. say the US?
    What are the real (as opposed to intended) consequences and incentives of government actions (and inaction)?

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  19. How the economics field is changing!

    As in, the techniques and viewpoints (i.e. behavorial economics) that have emerged since the Great Recession.

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  20. What are the different schools of economic thought?

    What are the different schools of economic thought?

    Namely: neoclassical economics, monetarism, Keynesian economics, new classical economics, Austrian School, etc...

    Each theory contributes to a different mindset.

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