Economic History Courses

Economics 113:  American Economic History
A survey of trends in the American economy. Emphasis is on factors explaining economic growth and on the changing distribution of the gains and losses associated with growth.
Economics 115:  The World Economy in the 20th Century
Development of the world economic system with particular reference to world-wide
trading relationships.
Economics 134: Macroeconomic Policy from the Great Depression to the Great Recession
This course analyzes the macroeconomic challenges and policy responses in the United States over the past century. Among the key topics studied are the Great Depression and the New Deal; boom and bust monetary and fiscal policy in the early post-World War II period; the Volcker disinflation and the Great Moderation; and the 2008 financial crisis and the Great Recession.
Economics 210A:  Introduction to Economic History
The course is designed to introduce a selection of themes from the contemporary economic history literature  (not to present a narrative account of world economic history). Emphasis is on the insights that history can provide to the practicing economist.
Economics 210B:  Topics in European Economic History
A survey of some central themes in European economic history, including an overview of the Great Depression, the role of deflation in propgating the Great Depression,  the evolution of the Federal Reserve during the Great Depression, measuring the impact of monetary changes, the impact of a credit compaction, housing bubbles, financial crises past and present, and monetary policy at the zero lower bound.
Economics 210C:  Topics in American Economic History
An in-depth analysis of U.S. macroeconomic history from the late 19th century to today. The course examines the effects of monetary and fiscal developments, and the role of these and other factors in U.S. macroeconomic fluctuations. Emphasis is on research techniques and the historical antecedents of current macro policy issues.