ECON 455
Research in Economic History: Sources, Methods, and Applications Fall 2022
Division II

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Historical approaches towards understanding current economic issues are increasingly in vogue. This course will explore new developments in the field of economic history, focusing on how economic historians use qualitative and quantitative evidence and the conceptual tools of economics to address questions of historical and current relevance. Along the way, we will consider works from both sides of the history – economics boundary, focusing on the ways that the two disciplines can and should borrow from one another. We will range widely across space and time, but some possible topics to be investigated include technological innovation, labor coercion, migration, trade and capital flows, colonialism, corporate governance, and political economy. Students are expected to not only read and analyze recent scholarship in economic history, but to also produce and present their own original research over the semester.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1694
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: short writing assignments and empirical exercises, constructive contributions to class discussion, class presentations, and a 15- to 20-page original research paper (written in stages)
Prerequisites: ECON 251 and ECON 255 or consent of instructor; a previous history course is recommended but not required
Enrollment Preferences: senior Economics majors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses

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