Dynamic learning for macroeconomics. tutor2u are delighted to partner with the Enterprise Library to launch the first volume of Liveecon™ - a superb textbook replacement resource for undergraduate economists.
Welcome to Liveecon™
Meet the LiveEcon Authors
Charles Jordan conceived the Liveecon™ series, wrote the prototype of the software (in Visual Basic™) and is chief designer of the product. He trained as an investment analyst, became a fund manager at Morgan Grenfell, London, and then became CEO at software companies in Scotland and Palo Alto, California. He was at Glasgow University and Trinity College Dublin, and gained a BA and a BCom. His principal research interest is the use of computer technology in distance learning.
David McCausland is a Senior Lecturer in Economics and Director of IT at the University of Aberdeen Business School. He obtained his first degree in Economics from the University of Hull, his Master's from the University of Warwick, and his PhD from the University of Keele. His principal research interests are in the areas of health economics and well-being, labour economics and open-economy macro modelling.
Jochen Runde is Reader in Economics at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge. He holds a BCom
Christopher Taylor is a Visiting Fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, London, where his research is mainly on European Monetary Union and macroeconomic policy. Formerly he was for 20 years a senior economist at the Bank of England, where he became Head of the Economics Division and then Chief Adviser in the European Division. Previously he was a Research Officer at the Department of Applied Economics, Cambridge, where he became Deputy Director. He has MAs in Economics from Cambridge and McGill Universities
Testimonials about Liveecon™
Teaching intermediate macroeconomics at the University of Aberdeen Business School
Learning macroeconomics at the University of Aberdeen Business School
“I was studying macroeconomics at the University of Aberdeen in 2000-2001 when our tutor, Dr W David McCausland, introduced the class to a new economics e-learning tool that he was developing. When we were testing it, I found that it made economics study much more fun and dynamic. When I saw LiveEcon again early in 2006, I wished that this new, greatly improved version had been available during my undergraduate studies .
“I was studying for a Masters degree at Oxford University when I heard about LiveEcon again. David told me about an opportunity to become his PhD student at Aberdeen and, soon afterwards, he asked me to produce a couple of interactive question-and-answer sessions for Macroeconomics Intermediate. The LiveEcon team were impressed with my work – they saw the value of asking a former economics student to set questions that would be answered by current economics students – and I have now become involved in developing other areas of LiveEcon. For example, I am preparing powerpoint slides for the tutorials section which will increase its capability for distance learning.
“LiveEcon is an exciting development for students. Personally, I find it a more effective learning tool than textbooks – it also makes a pleasant change from reading books. Its strength lies in its ability to use scroll bars to run experiments on all economics variables and instantly see the effects on screen. I also like its tutorials which mean students do not have to get involved in heavy mathematics. Students who l have spoken to really like the way LiveEcon is set up on screen – its use of colour and easy navigation tools, for instance. Speaking as a former economics student, I would recommend LiveEcon to current undergraduates because it has been written with the student’s needs in mind.”
Lecturing at the Judge Institute, Cambridge University
A practical view from Chris Taylor, former Head of the Economics Division, and Chief Adviser at the Bank of England
Thanks to its interactive power and flexibility in use, Liveecon™ has tremendous potential as a learning tool for serious students in this field. I have seen nothing to equal its combination of introductory texts, step-by-step tuition, and hands-on manipulation of quite complex economic models.
Take a Tour
We recommend that you obtain a fully-functional download version of Liveecon™ in order to fully appreciate the features and content of this exciting new resource for undergraduate economics. Set out below are some sample screenshots from Liveecon™ Volume 1 - Principles of Macroeconomics.
Prices and Licensing of Liveecon™
Exclusive launch pricing from tutor2u
A single computer licence for Volume 1 (Principles of Macroeconomics) may be purchased from tutor2u for the exclusive price of £14.99 (+VAT). There are no postage or other delivery charges - Liveecon™ is delivered to you via digital download.
How to purchase a licence
First, obtain your trial download of Liveecon™. This will install a fully functioning version of Liveecon™ onto your computer. You can use this software for 14 days without restriction. Once this period has elapsed (or at any stage during the free trial period) you can visit the tutor2u online store to purchase a licence to upgrade your trial copy to a permanent copy of LiveEcon.
Site Licence availability and pricing
Enquiries about the use of Liveecon™ on a site or network licensing basis should be directed to Sharon Curtis (Marketing Manager) at tutor2u's sales office (telephone: 0844 8000085 calls charged at local rate from the UK).
Future Volumes of Liveecon™
Additional volumes of Liveecon™ are scheduled for publication during Autumn 2006, including Volume 2 (Intermediate Macroeconomics) and Introductory Microeconomics. Once you have purchased a licence for Liveecon™, you will be able to download and pay for licences for these additional volumes as they become available.
Technical Support and Requirements
The technical requirements in order to be able to run Liveecon™ are summarised below:
Liveecon™ includes a comprehensive help system built into the application. Additional technical support is provided by The Enterprise Library. Full contact details are provided in your Liveecon™ installation.