Capitalism: Success, Crisis and Reform
Yale, , Prof. W. Rae
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Exploding Words - Thomas Malthus and Inevitable Poverty - Counting the Fingers of Adam Smith's Invisible Hand - Karl Marx, Joseph Schumpeter, and an Economic System Incapable of Coming to Rest - Property, Freedom, and the Essential Job of Government - Rise of the Joint Stock Corporation - Can You Sell a Scheme for Operating on Beating Hearts and Make a Business of It - Mortal Life Cycle of a Great Technology - Guest Lecture by Jim Alexander: Managing the Crooked E-Institutions and Incentives in Mortgages and Mortgage - Backed Securities - Accountability and Greed in Investment Banking - The Mortgage Meltdown in Cleveland - The Political and Judicial Elements of American Capitalism - Mass Affluence Comes to the Western World - Braudel's Bell Jar - The Case of Mister Balram Halwai-Microfinance in South India-plight of the Bottom Billion - Policy Targets for Capitalist Development - Marrying the Devil in Texas - Capitalist Enterprise and Clean Water for a Bolivian City
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Capitalism Success, Crisis and Reform (PLSC 270)
Professor Rae introduces Adam Smiths notion of the "invisible hand" of the market. Several preconditions must be met for the invisible hand to work. Markets must be open, and there cannot be just one buyer or one seller who can control product prices. No producer can hold a pivotal private technology, and there must be more or less truthful information across the whole market. Governments must enforce property and contracts. However, many of these preconditions are at odds with the Porter Forces, which represent general rules of thumb, or principles, for a firm trying to make above average profits. These principles include avoiding direct competition, establishing high barriers to entry, and avoiding powerful buyers and powerful suppliers. Professor Rae suggests that submission to Adam Smiths invisible hand may be contrary to basics of corporate strategy. Corporations can leverage powerful political influence to affect the movements of the "invisible hand." Guest speaker Jim Alexander, formerly of Enron, discusses problems of very imperfect information, as well as the principal-agent problem. Professor Rae also discusses Adam Smiths complicated ideas about self-interest and morality.
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This course was recorded in Fall 2009.
Sep 12, 2018
Excellent course helped me understand topic that i couldn't while attendinfg my college.
March 29, 2019
Great course. Thank you very much.