European Economic History

ECS563 European Economic History

Spring 2020

  • Topics

    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.

  • Learning outcome

    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

    General Competence

    • be able to use of economic theory in guiding hypothesis testing

  • Teaching

    Plenary lectures, student presentations.

  • Required prerequisites

    Completed first year PhD courses.

  • Requirements for course approval


  • Assessment

    Individual term paper in English. The term paper is due 2-3 weeks after course completion.

  • Grading Scale


  • Literature

    Papers (reading list will be provided).


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Autumn. Offered autumn 2019.

Course responsible

Course responsible: Aline Bütikofer, Department of Economics.

Lecturer: Ran Abramitzky.