Learning economics

As Jake suggested, get a few books to help you get familiarized with the basics. I would suggest the following books:

  1. Principles of Macroeconomics, 6th Edition
  2. Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity: James D. Gwartney, Richard L. Stroup, Dwight R. Lee
  3. Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science (Fully Revised and Updated): Charles Wheelan, Burton G. Malkiel

Then there are quite a few interesting blogs too:

  1. Freakonomics: The authors of the best-selling economics-infused-with-pop-culture book have more to say and share than the 2 books.

    The blog is usually a collection of podcasts that aim to explore the “hidden side of economics” and highlight outliers, which although rare, are extremely critical.

  2. Why Nations Fail: On the same line as Freakonomics, the blog by Daren Acemoglu is a follow-up on his book of the same name and explores similar obscure events that shaped the rise and fall of nations and civilizations.
  3. Economixcomix: The companion blog for the graphic novel of the same name by Michael Goodwin, Economixcomix explains the basic tenets of Economics in a simple way, along with illustrations to make understanding easier.
  4. The Grumpy Economist: The perennial pessimist, the one who finds faults in everything, the dad who bores his kid during dinner with his constant rants and criticisms, John Cochrane provides an unabashed, and hard-hitting critique that exposes the not-so-sunny side of the world economy.
  5. Investing and Economics Blog: The Curios Cat blogs is for us. The laymen. The dabblers. It focuses heaving on personal finance, economics, financial literacy, tax planning, credit management et al; stuff that affects the majority of the populace on a regular basis.
  6. The Upshot: The NYT economics companion to its financial section, Dealbook, The Upshot is all you need to read to be perfectly updated of what is happening, why it is happening, what would be the consequences, and what could have been done better.
  7. Economist’s View: A collection of self-posts and the hottest posts from other economics blogs.
  8. The Money Illusion: TMI focuses on the money and capital markets and provides wonderful commentary on financial crises, international economics, foreign reserve dynamics, monetary and fiscal policies, labor markets etc.

Finally, you should go for a few beginner and intermediate courses on MOOC platforms like Khan Academy, Coursera etc.

  1. Khan Academy – Macroeconomics
  2. Khan Academy – Microeconomics
  3. MIT Open Courseware – Economics
  4. Coursera – Economics and Finance
  5. Udemy – Economics
  6. edX – Economics

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