ECON 219
Global Economic History Fall 2016
Division II Writing Skills
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Why did Western Europe–and not China, India, or the Middle East–first experience the Industrial Revolution? Why did Latin America fall behind in the 20th century, while Japan and eventually China boomed? What explains the historical success of the US economy? And why has African economic growth been relatively slow for so long? These and other questions will guide our exploration of global economic development over the past several millennia. We will draw on micro and macroeconomic theory to help explain and interpret the historical roots of the modern global economy. Our focus will be broadly comparative across space and time, with an emphasis on how institutions, resource endowments, culture, technology, and market developments help explain economic differences and change around the world. Throughout the course, we will draw on micro and macroeconomic theories and concepts to help explain and interpret the historical roots of modern global economy.
The Class: Format: tutorial; weekly one hour meetings in groups of two
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1121
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on five 5- to 7-page papers, critiques of fellow students' papers, a longer revision of a paper, and engagement in discussion
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis, not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: ECON 110 and ECON 120 or equivalent courses subject to instructor approval
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students and sophomores intending to major in Economics and/or History
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Attributes: GBST Economic Development Studies Electives
POEC International Political Economy Courses

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