Ec 2325 Comparative Historical Economic Development (On leave 2021-2022)

The course uses a historical and comparative approach to understanding the evolution and development of societies. In particular, we will examine research that asks whether differences in economic development today have historical roots. In addition, we will study different mechanisms and channels through which history matters. Particular attention will be paid to the role of domestic institutions and culture in explaining historical persistence.

While the material covered in the course is grounded in the field of economic history, there is a natural overlap with other fields in economics, particularly development economics, political economy, and cultural economics, as well as overlap with other disciplines, such as history, psychology, political science, anthropology, archaeology, and geography.

The course is targeted to second-year Ph.D. students in economics. It is not open to Undergraduate or Masters students. The course fulfills the distribution requirement.