Economic Growth in History

Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfskunde
Jaar 2017/18
Vakcode EBM101A05
Vaknaam Economic Growth in History
Niveau(s) master, uitwisseling
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b
ECTS 5
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Economic Growth in History
Leerdoelen Upon completion of the course the student is able to:
1. compare and align theories of growth with the facts of history.
2. critically assess main explanations for convergence and divergence.
3. analyze quantitative data and models.
4. reflect on and write about the topics mentioned applying high-level scholarly insights.
5. present individually and discuss academic papers in a scholarly setting.
Omschrijving The aims of this module are to provide at an advanced level the sources and methods of quantitative economic history, together with a review of some major findings of economic historical research of interest to economists. This course deals with selected issues during the period of modern economic growth that is, from the industrial revolution until the present time. Within this time frame a comparison will be made between the nature of the growth process in Western Europe during the 19th and the 20th century and that of the post-World War II experience of the East Asian and Latin American countries. The course will address the issue of transferability or replicability of the European experience under different institutional and social conditions. Important questions include: How did globalization begin? When and why did it lead to development or underdevelopment, did it play a role in the great divergence in income between the West and the rest of the world. What was the impact of colonialism and free trade on these regions. What lessons does history teach to countries that want to catch up to the West today? The course focuses on important topics related to modern economic growth: technological progress / general purpose technologies, historical institutional analysis, globalization and the historical geography of economic development and Divergence Big Time: Economic growth since 1870. Students should achieve an understanding of both how economic historical research can be used to shed light on the current state of the economy and how economic analysis can sharpen our understanding of history.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm gecombineerde hoor-/werkcolleges, zelfstudie
Toetsvorm opdracht(en), presentatie(s)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. J. Bolt
Docent(en) dr. J. Bolt , D. Gallardo Albarrán
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Selected articles from academic journals. Various
Student's choice of articles from academic journals. Various
Entreevoorwaarden Introductory bachelor course in Economic History or Development Economics (level: E. Helpman, The Mystery of Economic Growth, London, 2004; David N. Weil, Economic Growth, Singapore, 2009; C.I. Jones, Introduction to Economic Growth, London, 2002; K.G. Persson, An Economic History of Europe: Knowledge, Institutions and Growth, 600 to the Present, Cambridge, 2010).
Opmerkingen Info: Dr Jutta Bolt, e-mail j.bolt@rug.nl
Secretary: Marianne Fry, e-mail m.fry@rug.nl, room 5411.0734
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