Topics in Economic History
Dr. Alexander Donges
|Teaching method (hours per week)||4 SWS |
(2 SWS Lecture + 2 SWS Exercise)
Master / PhD
|Prerequisites||E601-E603 (or equivalent)|
Written exam (100 min, 70%), presentation (20%), discussion participation (10%).
Additional requirements for PhD students:
|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.|