Coursera and edX are very similar. edX is also an online course provider through which you can enroll at courses offered by over a 100 leading institutes from all over the world. It brings university-level courses right to your bedroom! There are courses on a broad range of topics and you can earn a certificate of completition.

In comparison to Coursera, I feel like most of the courses offered on edX take a longer time to complete (around 10 weeks). This means that completing a edX course may require more dedication than completing a Coursera course. On the other hand, you are sure to gain a deep understanding on the topic the course is on, and edX definetly offers a lot of interesting courses! In conclusion, if you have the time and patience, definetly go for a edX course if you find one that interests you, even if it takes several weeks to complete. Overcome your fears and challenge yourself!



Under the books section of this website you will find a list of recommended books related to economics, international relations, politics, and international development. There is even a chance for you to become content creators yourself!


TED Talks

TED Talks are great because they are short and very interesting. During the TED Talks, an expert in the field holds a short talk (most are around 15 to 25 minutes long) on a specific topic. There is a wide range of topics from science to fashion to international relations to effective studying…

To get started, simply go on the official TED Talk page at and type in a topic you are interested in. Otherwise, you can also scroll through the list of the most popular TED Talks. I guarantee that you will learn new and fascinating!


List of Books

23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

Nudge by Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler

The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier

The End of Alchemy by Mervyn King

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahnemann

Freakonomics by Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas

End This Depression Now! by Paul Krugman

This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

The Finance Curse by Nicholas Shaxson

Nine Crisis by William Keegan

Thinking Strategically by Avinash Dixit and Barry Nalebuff

Economics, a User Guide by Ha-Joon Chang

The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins

Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson

Optional Section related to International Development

Development as Freedom by Amartya Sen

The Anti-Politics Machine by James Ferguson

Kicking Away the Ladder by Ha-Joon Chang

State-Directed Development by Atul Kohli

The Great Transformation by Karl Polyani


The Finance Curse

The Finance Curse, which was written by Nicholas Shaxson, was absolutely mind-blowing. This book explains how different places have set up their whole tax system to be more appealing to companies who set up their headquarters in these countries. Although Shaxson focuses mainly on the case of London and tax havens such as Luxembourg, the book is nonetheless a must-read. Personally, I did not find the book too hard to understand even though I had no previous knowledge in the finance field when I started reading the book. In “The Finance Curse,” Shaxson explains how money flows from the customer to tax havens and how small companies may actually be owned by huge companies based in tax havens.  


Steps to publish your summary

Step 1: Pick a book from the list of books (below) that you want to read

Step 2: Read the book

Step 3: Write a summary (75 to 200 words long) about the book and how you found the book. You can use the following template to write your summary, but you do not have to. However, please do make sure that you do include all of the points in your summary.

  • personal opinion/first impression
  • main point, key takeaways, or argument
  • level and accessibility

Step 4: Email your summary to the following address:

After you email me your summary, I will go through it and then publish it in your name under the recommended books section on EconIR WEB.

Online Courses

Global Diplomacy: the United Nations in the World

International Relations

Platform: Coursera, SOAS University London

Level: Beginner

Learn more about the United Nations and its system! Over the duration of this course you will be introduced to the history of the United Nations, its many branches, and the key functions of the United Nations. The course is divided into four week and takes an estimated 18 hours to complete.

If you are interested, you can find out more here: