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Economic Thinking for Planners: Overview

This course shows how "Economic Thinking" can inform our thinking on big questions like why some countries are rich while some are poor and how so many us have become so much better off than our ancestors.

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Course Info

  • Duration 8 video lessons (56 Mins)
  • Published Published
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (4 mins)
  • 2. Why This Course? (8 mins)
  • 3. Institutions, Prosperity, and Property Rights (6 mins)
  • 4. Virtuous Cycle (2 mins)
  • 5. Ten Pillars of Economic Thinking (4 mins)
  • 6. Two Corollary Pillars (8 mins)
  • 7. A Few Trade-offs for Planners (14 mins)
  • 8. Summing Up (6 mins)

Course Description

The oldest question in economics asks why some countries are rich and some are poor. A related question: how have most of us have become so much better off than our ancestors? These questions, and others like it, get at the issue of how and why cities matter. The interest of this course relates to what we will call "Economic Thinking" and how it informs our thinking about these big questions.

Learn these skills

  • Economics
  • Law and Policy


This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.


This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point. 

Meet Your Instructor

Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon is Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy. His research interests are in applied urban economics.

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