ECS563 European Economic History
Spring 2019Autumn 2019
The course covers topics in European Economic History from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century.
Topics include competing hypotheses in explaining long term trends in economic growth and cross-country differences in long-term economic growth; the diffusion of knowledge; the formation, function, and persistence of institutions and organizations; the role of institutions and organizations (for example, apprenticeship, partnerships, cooperatives, social networks, share cropping, and communes) as solutions to contractual problems; the causes and consequences of income inequality; the economics of migration; the changing economic role of the family.
Upon completion of the course, the students will:
- have knowledge on key topics in european economics history
- have knowledge on construction of new datasets and the execution of empirical analysis in the context of economic history
- be able to identify and pose interesting research questions in economic history and in other applied economic fields
- be able to use of economic theory in guiding hypothesis testing
Plenary lectures, student presentations.
Completed first year PhD courses.
Requirements for course approval
Individual term paper in English. The term paper is due 2-3 weeks after course completion.
Papers (reading list will be provided).
- ECTS Credits
- Teaching language
Autumn. Offered autumn 2019.
Course responsible: Aline Bütikofer, Department of Economics.
Lecturer: Ran Abramitzky.