Ricardo's "Essay on Profits"
Chronosynclastic Infundibulum

Economics 210a 2005-2006: First Half Syllabus [DRAFT]

SYLLABUS: Economics 210a: Fall-Winter 2005-2006: (First Half)

University of California at Berkeley

Barry Eichengreen (Evans 603, W 2-4, 2-0926, eichengr@econ.berkeley.edu

Brad DeLong (Evans 601, W 11-12, 2-3, 3-4027, delong@econ.berkeley.edu

Before the Course Begins: Introduction: The Past Is Another Country

Robert M. Solow (1985), "Economic History and Economics," American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 75:2 (May), pp. 328-331 http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0002-8282%28198505%2975%3A2%3C328%3AEHAE%3E2.0.CO%3B2-2.

October 19, 2005: Modes of Production

The Agricultural Revolution and Its Consequences:

Jared Diamond (1987), "The Invention of Agriculture: The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race," Discover http://www.agron.iastate.edu/courses/agron342/diamondmistake.html.
Joel Mokyr (1998), "Review of Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel" http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/Teaching_Folder/Econ_210b/Mokyr_on_Diamond.html.

The Ancient Economy:

M.I. Finley (1970), "Aristotle and Economic Analysis," Past and Present 47 (May), pp. 3-25 http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0031-2746%28197005%290%3A47%3C3%3AAAEA%3E2.0.CO%3B2-J.
M. I. Finley (1965), "Technical Innovation and Economic Progress in the Ancient World," Economic History Review, New Series, 18:1, pp. 29-45 http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0013-0117%281965%292%3A18%3A1%3C29%3ATIAEPI%3E2.0.CO%3B2-1.
William Baumol (1990), "Entrepreneurship: Productive, Unproductive, and Destructive," Journal of Political Economy 98:5(1) (Oct), pp. 893-921 http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-3808%28199010%2998%3A5%3C893%3AEPUAD%3E2.0.CO%3B2-Z.
J. Bradford DeLong (2003), "Thinking About Aristotle of Stagira and Moses Finley" http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/movable_type/2003_archives/000381.html.
J. Bradford DeLong (1997), "The 'Embedded Economy' Thesis" http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/movable_type/2003_archives/002483.html.

October 26, 2005: Malthusian and Dark Ages

Trade without Law:

Avner Greif (1989), "Reputation and Coalitions in Medieval Trade: Evidence on the Maghribi Traders," Journal of Economic History 49:4 (December), pp. 857-882 http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-0507%28198912%2949%3A4%3C857%3ARACIMT%3E2.0.CO%3B2-M.


Evsey Domar (1970), "The Causes of Slavery or Serfdom: A Hypothesis," Journal of Economic History, pp. 18-32 http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/movable_type/2003_archives/001447.html.
Alfred Conrad and John Meyer (1958), "The Economics of Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South," Journal of Political Economy 66:1, pp. 95-130 http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-3808%28195804%2966%3A2%3C95%3ATEOSIT%3E2.0.CO%3B2-R.
Peter H. Lindert (1986), "Unequal English Wealth since 1670," Journal of Political Economy 94:6 (Dec), pp. 1127-1162 http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-3808%28198612%2994%3A6%3C1127%3AUEWS1%3E2.0.CO%3B2-8.


Gregory Clark (2005), "The Logic of the Malthusian Economy," chapter 2 of The Conquest of Nature http://www.econ.ucdavis.edu/faculty/gclark/GlobalHistory/Global%20History-2.pdf.
Gregory Clark (2005), "Living Standards in the Malthusian Era," chapter 3 of The Conquest of Nature http://www.econ.ucdavis.edu/faculty/gclark/GlobalHistory/Global%20History-3.pdf.
Richard H. Steckel (1995), "Stature and the Standard of Living," Journal of Economic Literature 33:4 (December), pp. 1903-1940 http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-0515%28199512%2933%3A4%3C1903%3ASATSOL%3E2.0.CO%3B2-C.
Thomas R. Malthus (1795), "An Essay on the Principle of Population," Book 3 http://www.econlib.org/library/Malthus/malPlong.html.

November 2, 2005: Institutions

Douglass North and Barry Weingast (1989), "Constitutions and Commitment: The Evolution of Institutions Governing Public Choice in Seventeenth-Century England," Journal of Economic History 49:4 (December), pp. 803-832 http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-0507%28198912%2949%3A4%3C803%3ACACTEO%3E2.0.CO%3B2-9.
J. Bradford DeLong and Andrei Shleifer (1993), "Princes and Merchants: City Growth Before the Industrial Revolution," Journal of Law and Economics 36:5 (Oct), pp. 671-702 http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/movable_type/archives/000638.html.
Stanley Engerman and Kenneth Sokoloff (1994), "Factor Endowments, Institutions and Differential Paths of Development Among New World Economies: A View from Economic Historians of the United States" (Cambridge: NBER Working Paper no. h0066) http://papers.nber.org/papers/h0066.pdf.
Gregory Clark (2005), "Economic Change in the Malthusian Era," chapter 7 of The Conquest of Nature http://www.econ.ucdavis.edu/faculty/gclark/GlobalHistory/Global%20History-7.pdf.
Adam Smith (1776), The Wealth of Nations, Book I and Book V http://www.econlib.org/library/Smith/smWNtoc.html.

November 9, 2005: Economic Revolutions

The Commercial Revolution:

Jan de Vries (1994), "The Industrious Revolution and the Industrial Revolution," Journal of Economic History 54:2 (June), pp. 249-70 http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-0507%28199406%2954%3A2%3C249%3ATIRATI%3E2.0.CO%3B2-8.
Kevin H. O'Rourke and Jeffrey G. Williamson (2002), "From Malthus to Ohlin: Trade, Growth and Distribution Since 1500" (Cambridge: NBER Working Paper w8955, May) http://papers.nber.org/w8955.
Kevin H. O'Rourke and Jeffrey G. Williamson (2001), "After Columbus: Explaining the Global Trade Boom 1500-1800" (Cambridge: NBER Working Paper w8186, March) http://papers.nber.org/w8186.
David Hume (1752), "Of the Balance of Trade" http://www.econlib.org/library/LFBooks/Hume/hmMPL28.html.
David Ricardo (1815), "An Essay on the Influence of a Low Price of Corn on the Profits of Stock" http://socserv2.socsci.mcmaster.ca/~econ/ugcm/3ll3/ricardo/profits.txt>

The Industrial Revolution: Why

Michael Kremer (1993), "Population Growth and Technological Change: One Million B.C. to 1990," Quarterly Journal of Economics 108 (August), pp. 681-716 http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0033-5533%28199308%29108%3A3%3C681%3APGATCO%3E2.0.CO%3B2-A.
Gregory Clark, "The Problem of the Industrial Revolution," chapter 9 of The Conquest of Nature http://www.econ.ucdavis.edu/faculty/gclark/GlobalHistory/Global%20History-9.pdf

November 16, 2005: The Industrial Revolution: How

Joel Mokyr (1988), "Is There Still Life in the Pessimist Case? Consumption during the Industrial Revolution, 1790-1850," Journal of Economic History 48:1 (March), pp. 69-92 http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-0507%28198803%2948%3A1%3C69%3AITSLIT%3E2.0.CO%3B2-L.
Peter Temin (1997), "Two Views of the Industrial Revolution," Journal of Economic History 57:1 (March), pp. 63-82 http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-0507%28199703%2957%3A1%3C63%3ATVOTBI%3E2.0.CO%3B2-U.
C. Knick Harley (1982), "British Industrialization Before 1841: Evidence of Slower Growth During the Industrial Revolution," Journal of Economic History 42:2 (June), pp. 267-289 http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-0507%28198206%2942%3A2%3C267%3ABIB1EO%3E2.0.CO%3B2-0.
David Landes (1986), "What Do Bosses Really Do?" Journal of Economic History 46:3 (September), pp. 585-623 http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-0507%28198609%2946%3A3%3C585%3AWDBRD%3E2.0.CO%3B2-N.
Jeffrey G. Williamson (1984), "Why Was British Growth So Slow During the Industrial Revolution?" Journal of Economic History 443. (September), pp. 687-712 http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-0507%28198409%2944%3A3%3C687%3AWWBGSS%3E2.0.CO%3B2-N.

November 30, 2005: Consequences of Industrial Revolution

George Boyer (1998), "The Historical Background of the Communist Manifesto," Journal of Economic Perspectives 12:4 (Autumn), pp. 151-174 http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0895-3309%28199823%2912%3A4%3C151%3ATHBOTC%3E2.0.CO%3B2-4.
Nicholas Crafts (1998), "Forging Ahead and Falling behind: The Rise and Relative Decline of the First Industrial Nation," Journal of Economic Perspectives 12:2 (Spring), pp. 193-210 http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0895-3309%28199821%2912%3A2%3C193%3AFAAFBT%3E2.0.CO%3B2-S.
Nicholas Crafts (2002), "The Solow Productivity Paradox in Historical Perspective," (London: CEPR Discussion Paper no.3142) http://www.cepr.org/pubs/dps/DP3142.asp.
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (1848), "Manifesto of the Communist Party" http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/.
Karl Marx (1849), "Wage Labor and Capital" http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/download/Marx_Wage_Labour_and_Capital.pdf
Karl Marx (1867), "The Working Day," chapter 10 of Capital, vol. I http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1867-c1/ch10.htm.

December 7, 2005: Fortune's Favorites: The Great Divergence

Gregory Clark (2005), "The Great Divergence" and "Anatomy of Divergence," chapters 12 and 13 from The Conquest of Nature http://www.econ.ucdavis.edu/faculty/gclark/GlobalHistory/Global%20History-12.pdf http://www.econ.ucdavis.edu/faculty/gclark/GlobalHistory/Global%20History-13.pdf.
Richard Easterlin (1981), "Why Isn't the Whole World Developed?" Journal of Economic History 41:1 (March), pp. 1-19.http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-0507%28198103%2941%3A1%3C1%3AWITWWD%3E2.0.CO%3B2-Y.
Angus Maddison (1983), "A Comparison of Levels of GDP Per Capita in Developed and Developing Countries, 1700-1980," Journal of Economic History 43:1 (March), pp. 27-41 http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-0507%28198303%2943%3A1%3C27%3AACOLOG%3E2.0.CO%3B2-3.
Gavin Wright (1990), "The Origins of American Industrial Success, 1879-1940," American Economic Review 80 (1990), pp. 651-668 http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0002-8282%28199009%2980%3A4%3C651%3ATOOAIS%3E2.0.CO%3B2-7.
Mark Elvin (1984), "Why China Failed to Create an Endogenous Industrial Capitalism: A Critique of Max Weber's Explanation," Theory and Society 13:3 (May), pp. 379-91 http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0304-2421%28198405%2913%3A3%3C379%3AWCFTCA%3E2.0.CO%3B2-7.