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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!...

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Feb 24, 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 23, 2020

very informative and insightful on how to use the various models at our disposal to take optimal decision. Also, was nostalgic to go back in time where these models were part of my university degree.

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By Wael E

May 8, 2016

Fantastic, I love this course

By Ludo S

Mar 19, 2019

Essential for everyday life!

By Rafia N

Jan 13, 2016

This course is just amazing.

By Hasan R C

Jul 4, 2019

Wonderful course,

Thank you.

By Ασπασία Λ

Dec 14, 2020

Just Excellent. Thank You!

By Pedro P

Jun 6, 2017

Complete and very usefull.

By Muhamed A M S A ( D - B A

Dec 4, 2020

think you for this course

By Panshul R

Jun 19, 2020

Quizzes could be improved


Jun 10, 2020

Excellent course by Scott

By conanar

Dec 6, 2016

It really opened my mind.

By Mateusz

Dec 10, 2020

Well, learn the program!

By Alvin B

Nov 10, 2020

This course is so great!

By For P R

Aug 15, 2020

Interesting & Enjoyable

By 李勇

May 16, 2018

An extraodinary course!


Nov 3, 2017


By Sinziana C

Oct 16, 2017

Great Course! Loved it!

By David L

Sep 8, 2020

Really like the course

By Eva S

Oct 4, 2020

My brain is tingling.

By Aleksey E

Oct 21, 2017

Great course, thanks.


Sep 20, 2017

An excellent course!

By Susan M

Jul 26, 2017

I loved this course.

By Pablo O

Mar 8, 2016

Mind opening course!

By Yuan X

Dec 10, 2015

this is what I need.

By Dzmitry P

May 22, 2019

I like this course.

By Pradeep S

May 14, 2019

Excellent course !!