Ec 2325 Comparative Historical Economic Development (Spring 2020)

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.

Ec 1393 Poverty and Development  (Spring 2020)

We will consider a number of important questions in the field of development economics: Why are some countries so rich and others so poor? What factors have determined which countries prosper? Which are the root causes and which are the proximate causes of economic underdevelopment? Can these factors be changed with specific economic policies? If so, what are they and how are they best implemented? Are there country-specific characteristics that determine economic fate? Or, is prosperity just the result of luck? Does the enjoyment of the rich somehow depend on the continuing suffering of the poor? We will consider these questions and more. The course is intended to not only provide a general overview of the dominant views about economic development and policy, but to also provide students a sense of the most recent research in the field. For this reason, the course will go beyond the usual textbook summary of the field. Students will also examine recent journal articles that have made important contributions to the field of development economics. In the course, a particular effort is made to link the theories and empirical evidence to the real world. [Course evalutions, Spring 2019]. 

Ec 2904 Early Stage Research and Discussions on Historical Economic Development  (Full Year 2019-2020)

Students discuss their research in historical economic development. It is primarily, but not exclusively, for doctoral students in economics who have finished their first-year core courses. 

Ec 2910 Early Stage Research and Discussions in Political Economy and Culture (Full Year 2019-2020)

The course is intended for PhD students interested in research withitn the field of political economy or cultural economics, both broadly defined. Students discuss their research ideas. It is primarily, but not exclusively, for doctoral students in economics who have finished their first-year core courses.