ECON 455 Spring 2013 Research in Economic History

Historical approaches to understanding current economic issues are increasingly in vogue. History not only offers laboratories for investigating economic phenomena, but it often provides excellent empirical material for testing economic theories and analyzing policy decisions. This seminar will explore recent works in economic history, all of which speak to a current debate in the broader economics profession. Topics to be covered include the role of political change in economic development, education and human capital accumulation, technology and innovation policies, and the evolution and workings of global factor markets. The focus of the seminar will be on how economic historians marshal evidence and utilize empirical tools of economics to investigate questions of a historical nature that have modern implications. Students will be expected to not only analyze recent scholarship in economic history, but they will produce and present their own original research over the semester.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: short reading responses and empirical exercises, constructive contributions to class discussion, class presentations, and a 15- to 20-page original research paper (written in stages)
Additional Info: not available for the Gaudino option and may not be taken Pass/Fail
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Prerequisites: ECON 251 and ECON 255 or ECON/POEC 253
Enrollment Preference: senior Economics majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
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Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3445
ECON455-01(S) SEM Research in Economic History Division 2: Social Studies Steven E. Nafziger
TF 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Paresky 112 3445
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