This three-part study is a survey of basic principles that will give the student a thorough grounding in fundamental economic concepts. Each part is complete in itself, and may be pursued separately but the fullest benefits will be obtained from the entire series.

The basic textbooks for each course are works of the great American economist Henry George. Though his books first appeared in the late 19th century, they are highly applicable to today's conditions, because the principles with which they deal are universal. The basic problem which George set out to solve in his book Progress and Poverty is still today's basic problem: Why, in spite of progress, does poverty persist?

Our approach to economic study is fundamental and non-technical. Basic terms are defined, basic economic laws are sought and basic principles are applied. Study supplements are offered throughout elaborating certain points, applying the principles to current conditions and answering frequently asked questions.

 Here's how to get started! 

 Understanding Economics 

Text:  Progress and Poverty 
  1. The Basics. Economic Definitions
  2. The Problem of Poverty: Are We Unable to Produce Enough for All?
  3. Wealth Distribution: Who Decides?
  4. The Dynamics of Wealth Distribution: Effects of Technology and Trade
  5. The Dog in the Manger: What Keeps the Economy from Fulfilling Its Potential?
  6. Economics of Booms and Busts
  7. The Remedy; Its Justice
  8. Fixing Our Backwards Tax System
  9. Envisioning a Just and Prosperous Society
  10. The Law of Human Progress

 Applied Economics: Globalization and Trade 

Text:  Protection or Free Trade 
  1. Protection vs. free Trade
  2. How to Encourage Industry?
  3. Trade & the Function of Money
  4. Comparative Advantage, Profits & Wages
  5. Solving the Paradox
  6. Exploring Alternatives
  7. Today's Issues in International Trade
  8. Trade & Development
  9. Globalization & the Environment
  10. Growth & Sustainability

 Economic Science 

Text:  The Science of Political Economy 
  1. The Meaning of Political Economy
  2. Methods of Political Economy
  3. The Nature of Wealth
  4. Wealth and Value
  5. Wealth, Capital and Privilege
  6. The Production of Wealth
  7. Cooperation and Exchange
  8. Distribution of Wealth
  9. Money
  10. Political Economy and Macroeconomics

A certificate is given at the end of each course. The Henry George Institute does not grant academic credit. However, Principles of Political Economy is recommended for College Credit by the: