Capitalism: Success, Crisis and Reform with Douglas W. Rae at Yale University (Fall 2009)

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Capitalism: Success, Crisis and Reform (PLSC 270)
In this course, we will seek to interpret capitalism using ideas from biological evolution: Firms pursuing varied strategies and facing extinction when those strategies fail are analogous to organisms struggling for survival in nature. For this reason, it is less concerned with ultimate judgment of capitalism than with the ways it can be shaped to fit our more specific objectives -- for the natural environment, public health, alleviation of poverty, and development of human potential in every child. Each book we read will be explicitly or implicitly an argument about good and bad consequences of capitalism. Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses

1. Exploding Worlds and Course Introduction 46:11
2. Thomas Malthus and Inevitable Poverty 49:24
3. Counting the Fingers of Adam Smith's Invisible Hand 45:44
4. Karl Marx, Joseph Schumpeter, and an Economic System Incapable of Coming to Rest 47:06
5. Property, Freedom, and the Essential Job of Government 47:28
6. Rise of the Joint Stock Corporation 44:06
7. Can You Sell a Scheme for Operating on Beating Hearts and Make a Business of It? 46:19
8. Mortal Life Cycle of a Great Technology 49:24
9. Guest Lecture by Jim Alexander: Managing the Crooked E 49:20
11. Institutions and Incentives in Mortgages and Mortgage-Backed Securities 50:17
12. Accountability and Greed in Investment Banking 50:52
13. The Mortgage Meltdown in Cleveland 49:10
14. The Political and Judicial Elements of American Capitalism 45:39
15. Mass Affluence Comes to the Western World 47:31
16. Braudel's Bell Jar 45:46
17. The Case of Mister Balram Halwai 47:54
18. Microfinance in South India 47:54
19. Plight of the Bottom Billion 46:15
20. Policy Targets for Capitalist Development 48:58
21. Guest Lecture by Paolo Zanonni, Part I 51:58
22. Guest Lecture by Paolo Zanonni, Part II 54:29
23. Marrying the Devil in Texas 47:53
24. Capitalist Enterprise and Clean Water for a Bolivian City 50:12