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Welcome To The Virtual Economics Classroom!

If you’ve arrived at this page, you’re probably either a student, an instructor, or an individual just interested in learning (or relearning) some basic economics. Well, you’ve come to the right place. In partnership with YouTube and, I am working on putting together a bunch of course materials in both video and written form that are freely available online.

If you want to go through the content in a structured way, check out one of the following features:

  • Econ 101 of the Day – a new article (or two) posted Monday-Thursday and corresponding practice problems posted on Fridays, going in the order of a typical microeconomics course (macroeconomics to follow if I don’t keel over first). You can also see the Econ 101 of the Day in the sidebar to the left.
  • Practice Problem of the Day – a new practice problem uploaded to YouTube every day, going in the order of a typical microeconomics course (again, macroeconomics to follow if I don’t keep over first). You can also see the practice problem of the day in the sidebar to the right or get notified of new videos by subscribing on YouTube.
  • A Complete Roadmap to Microeconomics 101 – Micro 101 broken down into units and modular topics, along with links for various forms of content (articles, videos, practice problems, and blog posts) added as content is completed.

If you just feel like browsing, check out the following:

Lastly, in order to make access to the videos and articles as easy as possible, I’ve made it so that you can search by topic, course, or textbook chapter. (Note: This cataloging is still somewhat of a work in progress, so use one of the links above as well so you can be sure to not miss anything!)

Search by topic:

Search by textbook chapter (Mankiw Principles of Economics, 6th Edition):

Search by textbook chapter (Mankiw Essentials of Economics, 5th Edition):


52 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ray // Jan 29, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Hi Jodi,
    I really enjoy your principles econ video series. Could you also do a video lecture on Consumer Choice and Utility Theory.
    Many Thanks,


  • 2 GlenEllyn // Feb 9, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Ditto Ray’s comment of 1/29/12.

  • 3 Pedro // Feb 29, 2012 at 8:16 am


    We are building a similar web place in Facebook, a community for learning Economics 101 in spanish.

  • 4 Salima // Mar 12, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks a ton! Your videos really helped me do well at my microecon exam today!

  • 5 memonx // Apr 11, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Hi there , you have made a brilliant website for students like us who live in 3rd world country and cannot access high quality education . Your site is superb . Can you please upload managerial economics and public finance videos it would be really kind of you

  • 6 Bea // May 4, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I am in the process of your videos and they are awesome..for the first time I am starting to feel like I understand this. I have taken Macro got a B, now Micro and I feel like I am struggling. My final is this coming week and I am going through all your videos on it…wonderful job!!!!!

  • 7 Sammi Lou Herrington // Jun 3, 2012 at 10:13 am


    will you please do a video on the tragedy of commons that does not use the pasture example?

    I am moving into my first economics classroom after teaching many other Social Studies topics for over 20 years! I am nervous and excited.

    Your content is a great refresher for me and what a blessing because I will be using the same textbook !

    You are a lifesaver!
    Sammi Lou

  • 8 ryanrose // Jun 8, 2012 at 11:31 am

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  • 9 Pooja // Jun 27, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    I’ve been watching your microeconomics playlist and was wondering where I should look for problems to practice what I’m learning? And sorta what those would look like?

  • 10 Lacy // Jul 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Does the microeconomics and macroeconomics playlists cover mostly all material in an actual intro to micro/macro econ class?

  • 11 Simon // Jul 29, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Hi. Why don’t you have an option just to play automatically your online lectures from 1 straight through to the end, with one appearing right after the last ends, and an ability to bookmark where I finished last time?

  • 12 MAStest // Aug 10, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Do you review your posts before allowing them online? If so don’t post mine.

  • 13 David Chester (Macrocompassion) // Dec 25, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Once again I wish to draw you attention to my circulation model DiagFuncMacroSyst.pdf It is in Wikipedia in Commons under Macroeconomics and hopefully still under the subject Macroeconomics itself. This model is unique in that no other one that is on the web (at least) includes all three factors of production of Adam Smith (1767!) and the corresponding 3 returns. Without all these effects, one cannot rightly claim to have properly modelled the subject, and the implications are particularly interesting.

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  • 15 Ale // Jan 3, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Hi Jodi:
    I enjoy your videos a great deal.
    I only miss some on international trade.
    Would it be possible for you to post some on Heckscher-Olhin model, Specific-Factors model, Melitz model, Krugman’s New Trade, etc.?

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    Hi, at-least I make a step forward by listening to this lesson. thanks u

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    Precisely how long did it require u to publish “Welcome To The Virtual Economics Classroom!
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