42 Week Course - 42 Assignments


Modules: Classical Micro and Macro; UK/US Economics; Development Economics; Behavioural Economics; The Third Industrial Revolution

Our weekly assignments invite students to explore essays, book chapters, news features, lectures, podcasts, videos and websites. Each assignment requires students to engage for approximately an hour, they vary in length depending on their difficulty. Lengthy book chapters allow for students to get deep into the text whilst short videos present more challenging material whilst leaving more time for thinking.

About the Course

You will find a mix of resources as you make your way through the reading list. I have tried to include newspaper and magazine articles, blog posts, podcasts and videos. You will also find links to a few book chapters further down the list.

As you will see, all the resources are grouped by topic. If you are already studying economics at A level, they will allow you to read around subjects that you might already be familiar with. If you haven’t studied the subject before, the reading list will introduce you to some key concepts in the field, as well as topics and ideas you wouldn’t come across in a textbook.

You will also notice that some weeks you will have multiple resources to look at. In those cases, try to keep in mind how they compare to each other: are the authors disagreeing? if so, why? The readings will get slightly more difficult towards the end, but by that point, you will be familiar with most basic concepts.

I hope you will be fascinated by some of the topics, and I would strongly encourage you to do some more reading on them. You should be able to find interesting articles on all in major newspapers online or by searching The Economist’s archive. Tim Harford has collected most of his articles on his blog and he also has some great reading recommendations.

"If you haven’t studied the subject before, the reading list will introduce you to some key concepts in the field"

- Krisztina Csortea

Meet the Course Designer

The economics reading course is designed by Krisztina Csortea. As an undergraduate, Krisztina studied PPE at Oxford University. She is book reviews editor, international affairs, at Chatham House, and a research student at Kings College London.