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About the Course

We live in a complex world with diverse people, firms, and governments whose behaviors aggregate to produce novel, unexpected phenomena. We see political uprisings, market crashes, and a never ending array of social trends. How do we make sense of it? Models. Evidence shows that people who think with models consistently outperform those who don't. And, moreover people who think with lots of models outperform people who use only one. Why do models make us better thinkers? Models help us to better organize information - to make sense of that fire hose or hairball of data (choose your metaphor) available on the Internet. Models improve our abilities to make accurate forecasts. They help us make better decisions and adopt more effective strategies. They even can improve our ability to design institutions and procedures. In this class, I present a starter kit of models: I start with models of tipping points. I move on to cover models explain the wisdom of crowds, models that show why some countries are rich and some are poor, and models that help unpack the strategic decisions of firm and politicians. The models covered in this class provide a foundation for future social science classes, whether they be in economics, political science, business, or sociology. Mastering this material will give you a huge leg up in advanced courses. They also help you in life. Here's how the course will work. For each model, I present a short, easily digestible overview lecture. Then, I'll dig deeper. I'll go into the technical details of the model. Those technical lectures won't require calculus but be prepared for some algebra. For all the lectures, I'll offer some questions and we'll have quizzes and even a final exam. If you decide to do the deep dive, and take all the quizzes and the exam, you'll receive a Course Certificate. If you just decide to follow along for the introductory lectures to gain some exposure that's fine too. It's all free. And it's all here to help make you a better thinker!...

Top reviews


Feb 25, 2017

Great content and lectures, that possibly provides new dimensions to look/explain the situation in context, I guess I will comeback for references to continue with this journey in to 'Model Thinking'


Nov 19, 2019

This is a fantastic course that I would recommend to anyone interested in learning how to think better. It introduced me to many topics that i want to learn more about. Thank you, Professor Page!

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By Vijayshree M

Jan 15, 2020

Very Good course with right pace and challenge for me

By Hristo V

Sep 21, 2017

Fantastic course! Really nice introduction to models!

By Dennis A

Jul 10, 2016

Presenter is excellent, subject matter is fascinating

By Sarah L F

Mar 16, 2020

This course allows you to see the world differently.


Feb 19, 2019

This is a very informative course, highly recommend!

By Seyed M H M

May 19, 2017

I learned alot and Got a grasp of some useful model

By Iaroslav F

Mar 20, 2016

I started to better understand stuff and processes.

By Dan F

Nov 02, 2018

I still refer back to this. Invaluable. Brilliant.

By Lau C

Apr 15, 2019

Very interesting and easy to follow. Thanks guys.

By Juan P L R

Jun 24, 2018

Very good course. Complete, useful and practical.

By David A

Nov 13, 2019

Really nice introduction to a variety of models.

By Jonas P

Sep 26, 2020

Nice course that learn us to think by ourselves

By Norman P

Aug 22, 2020

Great course. Well done. Practical application.

By Zeynep T

Oct 12, 2017

Quite interesting topic. Well-organized notes.

By Elke W

Mar 24, 2016

Great introductory course to expand your mind.

By Zach D

Apr 04, 2020

Really enjoyed the professor and the content.

By Tony N

Feb 16, 2020

Probably the best online course I have taken!

By Li M

Oct 30, 2019

This course is very informative and inspiring

By Michal P

Sep 06, 2017

Very engaging and super fun - just amazing!!!

By Nadim M

May 22, 2020

Really a great course and a great professor!

By Peter V

May 06, 2020

Excellent course. Would strongly recommend.

By Ning C

Nov 06, 2016

It's an awesome course! Learned a lot here.

By Ryan M F

Nov 04, 2015

Haven't done it yet but I love it. Vamanos.

By Elias

Oct 14, 2015

Excellent teaching and material

Thanks Scott

By 吉星照

Jan 11, 2020

The yeacher is so kind,patient and wise.