Universität Wien FIND

040042 UK Economic History (BA) (2019W)

8.00 ECTS (4.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

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max. 50 participants
Language: English

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Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 10.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 11.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 17.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 18.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 24.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 25.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 31.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 07.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 08.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 14.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 15.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 22.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 28.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 29.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 05.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 06.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 12.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 13.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 09.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 10.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 16.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 17.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 23.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 24.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 30.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 31.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock

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Aims, contents and method of the course

This course will give students a broad overview of the world's economic history. The main topics that underlie the classes will be: the effects of climate and geography on economic growth in the long-run, the Small Divergence between Europe and the rest of the world before c. 1750, the Columbian exchange, the economic effects of the Protestant Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the rise of a global economy in the late nineteenth century, and the Great Depression.

The aim is to provide the student with an up-to-date knowledge of the views of economists regarding the historical determinants of economic growth and the origin of income differences across countries.

Assessment and permitted materials

Your grade will be based on a midterm exam (35%), a final exam (35%), class presentations (20%), and class participation (10%).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The minimum requirement to pass the course is to achieve at least 50% of the points.

Examination topics

Topic 1: Climate and geography
Topic 2: The small divergence
Topic 3: Columbian exchange
Topic 4: The economic effects of the Protestant Revolution
Topic 5: The Industrial Revolution
Topic 6: A Global Economy and the Great Depression

Reading list

Main reference
- Landes, D. 1998 The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor, New York: W. W. Norton

Detailed readings
Topic 1: Climate and geography
- Landes, Chapters 1 and 2

Topic 2: The small divergence
- Landes, Chapters 3 and 4
- Voigtlander, Nico, and Hans-Joachim Voth. 2009. “Malthusian Dynamism and the Rise of Europe: Make War, Not Love.” The American Economic Review, 99(2): 248-54.
- Avner Greif, Avner. 1993. “Contract Enforceability and Economic Institutions in Early Trade: The Maghribi Traders' Coalition.” The American Economic Review, 83(3): 525-548

Topic 3: Columbian exchange
- Landes, Chapters 5 and 6
- Nunn, Nathan, and Nancy Qian. 2010. “The Columbian Exchange: A History of Disease, Food, and Ideas.” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 24(2): 163-88.
- Sokoloff, Kenneth L., and Stanley L. Engerman. 2000. “Institutions, Factor Endowments, and Paths of Development in the New World.” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 14(3): 217-232.

Topic 4: The economic effects of the Protestant Revolution
-Becker, S. and Woessmann, L. 2009. “Was Weber Wrong? A Human Capital Theory of Protestant Economic History.” The Quarterly Journal of Economics 124 (2): 531-596
-Cantoni, D. “The Economic Effects of the Protestant Reformation: Testing the Weber Hypothesis in the German Lands.” Journal of the European Economic Association

Topic 5: The Industrial Revolution
-Landes, Chapter 13
-Galor, O. 2005. "From Stagnation to Growth: Unified Growth Theory" in Aghion, P. and Durlauf, S. (ed.) Handbook of Economic Growth, edition 1, volume 1, chapter 4, pages 178-219, Elsevier (read only sub-section 2 titled Historical Evidence)

Topic 6: A Global Economy and the Great Depression
-Bordo M. and Finn K. 1995. “The Gold Standard As a Rule: An Essay in Exploration.” Explorations in Economic History 32(4): 423-464
-Romer, C. 1990. “The Great Crash and the Onset of the Great Depression.” The Quarterly Journal of Economics 105(3): 597-624

Association in the course directory

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