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Online courses are revolutionizing formal education, and have opened a new genre of outreach on cultural and scientific topics. There are various platforms that deliver a single lessons or series of lessons to a web browser or mobile device and can be conveniently accessed anytime, anyplace. Therfore online courses are an excellent resource for self-directed capacity building and can complement or refresh formal education. EPRN encourages you to make use of this opportunity and has come up with recommendations for economic researchers.


edX hosts online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide student body. Most of the courses are free of charge with additional services like verified certificates that can be purchased, others need to be payed for. They offer courses for a variety of topics in the field of economics, policy analysis, research methods, statistics and more.

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Coursera works with universities and other organizations to offer online courses, specializations, and degrees in a variety of subjects. Most of their couses need to be payed for with the usual cost ranging between 50 to 100 USD per course. Professional, university endorsed certificates and even university degrees can be won via the platform. Their courses in the field of economics range from basic economics to advanced topics and offer a rich variety of knowledge and skills.

Click here to go to Coursera.


Even YouTube can serve as a valuable source of information. From simple introductions to economic topics, to online lectures and how-to videos about the use of economic software, a number of interesting videos can be found on YouTube. We have collected some of them at our EPRN YouTube channel.

Click here to go to the EPRN YouTube channel.


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