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Barry Eichengreen's Economics 210b

Barry Eichengreen's Economics 210b:

Topics in European Economic History:

Monday 12-2, Evans 608-7
Department of Economics
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-3880

Economics 210b is being taught this spring by Barry Eichengreen in collaboration with Professor Ian McLean, who is visiting the Economics Department from the University of Adelaide. Professor Eichengreen's office hours in Evans 605 are Tuesdays 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Professor McLean's office hours in Evans 607 are [TBA]. Appointments (Professor Eichengreen) can be made in advance by contacting aali@econ.berkeley.edu.

This course is for graduate students who have taken Economics 210a (Introduction to Economic History). It is devoted to a critical analysis of important recent books in European economic history. Course requirements are three. First, attending course meetings and contributing to the discussion. Second, leading the discussion of a week's topic (introducing the reading and moderating the subsequent conversation). Third, submitting a term paper, on a topic previously agreed to with the instructors, due during exam week.

January 23. Introductory Meeting

January 30. Gregory Clark, The Conquest of Nature (Princeton University Press, 2005) http://www.econ.ucdavis.edu/faculty/gclark/GlobalHistory/Conquesthome.html

February 6. Philip T. Hoffman, Growth in a Traditional Society: The French Countryside, 1450-1815 (Princeton University Press 1998)

February 13. Joel Mokyr, The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy (Princeton University Press, 2004)

February 20. Robert Fogel, The Escape from Hunger and Premature Death, 1700- 2100: Europe, America and the Third World (Cambridge University Press, 2004)

February 27. No meeting

March 6. Giovanni Federico, Feeding the World: An Economic History of Agriculture 1800-2000 (Princeton University Press, 2005)

March 13. Jan Luiten van Zanden and Arthur van Riel, The Strictures of Inheritance: The Dutch Economy in the Nineteenth Century (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000)

March 20. Paulo Mauro, Nathan Sussman and Yishay Yafeh, Emerging Markets and Financial Globalization (Oxford University Press, forthcoming) http://economics.huji.ac.il/facultye/sussman/MSY%20Book%20proofs.PDF

April 3. Daniel Verdier, Moving Money: Banking and Finance in the Industrialized World (Cambridge University Press, 2004)

April 10. Caroline Fohlin, Financial Institutions and Corporate Governance: German Experience Before 1913 (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). [add web link]

April 17. Niall Ferguson, The Pity of War (Basic Books, 1999)

April 24. Kathleen Thelen, How Institutions Evolve: The Political Economy of Skills in Germany, Britain, the United States, and Japan (Cambridge University Press, 2004)

May 1. Barry Eichengreen, The European Economy: Coordinated Capitalism since World War II (Princeton University Press, forthcoming)