Earth Economics


This is a course for Earthlings that want to understand how economic policy making can move beyond narrow national interests and how global public goods can be…

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6 weeks
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It is possible to enrol and start with the course any time. Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun.

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After this course you will be an Earth Economist that can provide evidence-based advise on the best global policy. As an Earth Economist you will better understand the behaviour and advice of economists, have become a better economist yourself and know where to find Earth's data and how to analyse these world observations. Our planet is too important: we need you to get engaged! Earth Economics offers a completely new angle to policy analysis by its focus on the truly global level and its empirical orientation on very recent data.

Sustainability (environmental and related to the UN's SDGs), equality and heterodox (that is: non mainstream) views on the economy are important for an Earth Economist. Taking stock of emerging planet data and analysing policies during and following the Global Crisis, Earth Economics provides both a topical introduction into basic economic tools and concepts as well as insights in highly relevant problems and recent developments in planet production, growth and governance.

The MOOC is highly relevant in these strange times as it focusses on the need to find planetary rather than national solutions. The MOOC pays a lot of attention to pressing problems in world governance including SDGs (income inequality, sustainability, etc) and we have included in each weekly session a section “How to apply what you have learned to the COVID-19 crisis.“

An important issue is the provision of global public goods. Earth Economics highlights the importance of the United Nations,  International Monetary Fund, the World Health Organisation and the World Trade Organisation.

Peter Bergeijk

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  • prof.dr. (Peter) PAG van Bergeijk

    For how unjust is it, if when we allow different recreations to each particular course of life, we afford no diversion to studies; especially when trifles may…
    prof.dr. (Peter) PAG van Bergeijk

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Ksusha Anisimova

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The course is free. If you want to obtain a certificate, the fee is around 50 euros. 

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6 weeks
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International Institute of Social Studies
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For more information and registration: Visit the Coursera website.

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