Fall Semester 2022

  • Blockseminar “The Economic System of Nazi Germany” (Bachelor)

    Course language is German.

    Please use the German website for more information on this seminar.

  • Lecture: E5100 / E8042 Topics in Economic History (Master / PhD)



    Course Title

    Topics in Economic History


    Dr. Alexander Donges


    Fall Semester




    Teaching method (hours per week)4 SWS

    (2 SWS Lecture + 2 SWS Exercise)




    Master / PhD

    Course Language


    PrerequisitesE601-E603 (or equivalent)

    Written exam (100 min, 70%), presentation (20%), discussion participation (10%).

    Additional requirements for PhD students:
    In addition to the regular course work, PhD students have to write a short empirical research paper on a topic that will be developed together with the course instructor (potential data sets are also provided by the course instructor); the regular course work (exam, presentation, and discussion participation) and the research paper account for 50% of the overall grade, respectively.



    Course Description

    Goals and contents of the module: Economic history is important to understand long-run economic development, in particular to study the question why some countries are rich and others remain poor. In this course, we focus on selected topics of quantitative economic history that applied economists and economic historians explored in recent years. Topics include trade, the importance of institutions for economic development, religion, human capital, innovation, market integration, financial development, inequality, migration, and epidemics. The weekly lecture (2 hours) gives you an overview on recent empirical research on each topic. In the weekly exercise sessions (2 hours), we then discuss important research papers in more depth. It is required that every course participant presents a critical discussion of one research paper.
    Expected competences acquired after completion of the module: Students will acquire thorough knowledge of empirical methods used in modern applied economics and quantitative economic history. They will be able to apply their knowledge of econometrics in analyzing research questions in economic history and discuss potential policy implications, for example with respect to development policies. The course also aims at enabling students to critically evaluate empirical research designs that may encounter in their future career.


    Please see the course syllabus.