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Modern Economics Learning Path

Economics is an important topic to understand as economic decisions taken in one country can dramatically affect the economies of other countries around the world. It should be in the interest of everyone to learn how modern economic systems work. The Alison Learning Path in Modern Economics offers you a comprehensive coverage of all topics associated with economics to give you have a thorough understanding of how economics work. You will be able to explain the laws of supply and demand and how the price of a good or service is influenced by supply and demand. You will learn about gross domestic product, monopolies, breakeven point, and various other key words associated with the world of economics. You will also be able to distinguish between fixed cost, variable cost, and marginal cost. This Alison Learning Path will benefit to finance and business professionals who would like to gain a deeper understanding of modern economic concepts and principles, and to anyone who would like to learn more about how the economies of the world are interrelated. The Modern Economics Learning Path will also be of interest to learners who are studying business or economics who would like to boost their knowledge on the topic.



Courses in this Learning Path

  1. Fundamentals of Economics

    This Fundamentals of Economics course offers a comprehensive, no-nonsense guide to economics. Topics include the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services as well as economic growth and activity, employment, the market economy, inflation, wealth, and income distribution.

    This course is suitable for people studying business and economics or anybody with an interest in economics and current affairs.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  2. Modern Economics

    Inflation is often expressed as a percentage and indicates a decrease in the purchasing power of a nation's currency. This course will first discuss inflation. You will learn how it acts as a quantitative measure of the rate at which the average price level of selected goods and services in an economy increases over a period of time. You will then look into its opposite, which is deflation. Deflation is the decline in prices for goods and services and happens naturally when the money supply of an economy is fixed.

    The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is used to examine the weighted average of prices of a basket of consumer goods and services. This may include transportation, food, and medical care. This course will discuss the CPI index along with Unemployment Rate. You will then study the data on Chinese foreign assets and Chinese - US balance of payments. You will also look into the effects of floating exchange on China and on the USA.

    Following the recent global financial crisis, there has been a huge increase in people seeking to learn about how economies and modern economic systems work. By the end of this course, you will understand how economic decisions taken in one country can dramatically affect the economies of other countries around the world. So check out the course today, start gaining a deeper understanding of modern economic concepts and principles, and the interrelationship of global economies.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  3. Laws of Supply and Demand

    Supply and demand in a market economy is one the most fundamental concepts in economics. Demand refers to the quantity of a product or service that is demanded by consumers. Supply refers to how much of the product or service the market can offer. The price of a good or service is greatly influenced by supply and demand and will usually settle at a point where the quantity demanded by consumers will equal the quantity supplied by producers. This economics course will review in detail the laws of supply and demand, how they operate in a market economy and how they determine the price of goods and services. The course outlines factors that affect both supply and demand, and how there is an in-built price elasticity within supply and demand for goods or services. This economics course will be of great interest to all professionals in the areas of economics, finance, business and politics who would like to learn more about how the price of goods and services is determined, and to all learners who would like a greater understanding of the fundamental laws of supply and demand.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  4. Aggregate Supply and Demand

    This course will first introduce you to the business cycle, where you will learn that the local economy is constantly expanding and contracting. You will see that this happens because it responds to changes in the global economy, technology, and national and international politics. You will then study the concept of aggregate demand, how it shifts, and how it is modeled. You will also look into aggregate supply, and learn why changes in supply can be slower than changes in demand.

    You will then study how demand-pull inflation arises when the aggregate demand curve shifts to the right. You will learn that the productivity measure commonly reported through the media is based on the ratio of GDP to total hours worked in the economy during the measuring period. This course will also talk about the "long run", which is a period of time wherein firms are able to adjust or negotiate all costs associated with the business.

    By the end of this course, you will have a much stronger understanding of the aggregate supply curve model and the aggregate demand curve model. These are both crucial tools for understanding the direction and status of a nation's local and global economy. Once you have a stronger grasp of these models and the differences between the short run and long-run supply, you will be much much closer to predicting potential changes and inflation in specific economies. That's an incredible skill, which you can start learning today.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  5. Introduction to Financial Instruments in Economics

    A financial instrument is a tradable asset of any kind and they are a key component of the modern financial market system as they allow for efficient flow of capital through the global financial marketplace. In this course you will learn how financial institutions package and trade mortgage backed securities in financial markets and how collateralized debt obligations function. You will also learn about credit default swaps and interest rate swaps and their role in financial trading. This course will be of great interest to professionals in the areas of finance, investments and economics and who like to learn more about the function and use of financial instruments, and to all learners who are interested in how financial instruments help the global financial marketplace function.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  6. Inflation in Modern Economies

    This course starts off by explaining the meaning of inflation, how it is measured, and how it affects the average person's life. It then shows you data about inflation going up and down during a course of a year. You will learn the exact meaning of deflation and hyperinflation, and how they are used when discussing inflation. You will also cover how inflation comes about from prices rising in response to a fall in the supply of common goods and services.

    You will then study the reason why good economies tend to be associated with a moderate level of inflation, along with the strange circumstance where there is inflation and stagnation at the same time. You will also cover how stagflation causes massive inflation in one part of the economy while affecting other parts of the economy differently. Finally, the course will cover the negative effects of higher inflation and you will be given an overview of macroeconomics.

    Many of us have, at some point or another, heard our grandparents talk about how a candy bar cost barely anything during their childhood. In the nineteen hundreds, a Hershey's chocolate bar cost just 2 cents. Today, that same chocolate bar costs $1.35. Why the big difference in its price? Inflation. As we can see, inflation impacts even the little things in the average person's daily life. Check out this course and learn more about inflation now.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  7. Understanding Fixed, Variable and Marginal Costs in Economics

    Fixed cost, variable cost and marginal cost are very important concepts to understand in economics. Fixed costs are business expenses and are often time-related such as salaries and rents which are paid on a monthly basis. Variable costs are expenses related to business activity and change in proportion to an increase or decrease in this activity. Marginal cost is the change in total cost that arises when the quantity of goods produced increases by one unit. It is a measure of the cost of producing one additional unit. This free online economics course explains in a simple and clear manner the concepts behind fixed, variable and marginal costs using worked examples. The relationship between marginal cost, average total cost and marginal revenue is also outlined. By studying this course the learner will appreciate the importance of these costs in economics, and why and how they are calculated. This economics course will be of great interest to all professionals in economics, finance and business who would like a greater knowledge and understanding of fixed, variable and marginal costs, and to all learners who would like a greater insight into the factors that determine these key costs in economics.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  8. Understanding Monopolies in a Market Economy

    This course will first introduce you to the basics of a monopoly. You will look into the revenue and cost graphs for a monopoly and study total revenue, marginal revenue, and deadweight loss. You will learn that a monopoly makes a profit equal to total revenue minus total cost. When the total output is less than socially optimal, there is a deadweight loss and when the price is set above marginal cost, the firm earns a positive economic profit.

    You will then learn why the slope of the marginal revenue curve for a monopolist is twice the slope of the demand curve. This course will also discuss oligopoly which is a state of limited competition, in which a market is shared by a small number of producers or sellers that dominate the market and are likely to change their prices according to their competitors. You will look into how it differs from a monopoly.

    A monopoly exists when one particular business is the only supplier of a commodity or service within any particular sector of the economy, giving them significant market power and the ability to charge higher prices. By taking this economics course you will learn about the characteristics of a monopoly and when they might occur. You will also understand the economic and financial implications of a business having a monopoly in a particular commodity or service sector.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  9. Introduction to Gross Domestic Product

    Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a very important topic to understand in economics. It measures the monetary value of final goods and services of a country within a given time period and is a key metric which can be used to gauge a country's standard of living. In this economics course you will start by learning about the circular flow of money in an economy. The components of Gross Domestic Product are then identified and explained in terms of how different expenditure is categorised. A single Gross Domestic Product figure gives very little information so you will learn how to look at it in relation to past history by using Price Indexing to work out what is real growth and what inflation is when compared with a base year. This economics course will be of great interest to economics, finance and business professionals who would like a better understanding of Gross Domestic Product and its role as an indicator of the economic health of a country, and to any learner who wants to have a better understanding of financial news and how the economies of countries work.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  10. Government Economic Policy

    Using an interactive, multimedia design, this course introduces the learner to government policy from an economic perspective. Learners are given a rigorous introduction to budgetary policy via topics such as resource allocation and distribution of wealth. Microeconomic policy is then examined in the context of strengths and weaknesses and finally, the course delves into the topic of government market intervention and investigates a variety of markets types, the reasons for intervention and how intervention occurs. This course is a useful introduction to those who wish to learn and understand the role government policies play in shaping economic outcomes.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  11. Fiscal and Monetary Policies

    When people talk about monetary policy, they are referring to the management of interest rates and the total supply of money in circulation. This is generally carried out by central banks, such as the U.S. Federal Reserve. This course will teach you how monetary policy impacts the changing of interest rates and influences money supply. You will also study equilibrium, which is the point where demand and supply for money cross.

    Fiscal policy involves changing tax rates and levels of government spending to influence aggregate demand in the nation's economy. With this course, you will learn that instead of adjusting spending through fiscal policy, the government can adjust taxes to change aggregate demand. Increasing the supply of money in the marketplace will normally increase aggregate demand. You will study how central banks can reduce the amount of money in the market by selling bonds.

    Fiscal and monetary policy are very important economics concepts, as they can have profound effects on the lives and livelihoods of a country's entire population. This course will teach you how monetary policy affects the money market indirectly and how fiscal policy affects it directly. By the end of the course, your knowledge of essential economics fundamentals will be much stronger. So why wait? Get started, today.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points

Complete!

Successfully complete all of these courses to receive a Modern Economics Learning Path Award.

All your learning will be reflected in your Learner Record, which you can download for free at any time.

You also have the option of purchasing an Alison Certificate for each of the above courses you successfully complete.



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