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American Economic History Introductory Lecture (August 27, 2008): Administration and Overview

American Economic History Introductory Lecture (August 27, 2008): Administration and Overview

Lecture Audio: http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/2008_mov/20080827.mp3

Economics 113 is an upper-division economics course in the study of the history of the U.S. economy that satisfies the political economy historical context requirement. We will survey over three hundred years of history, but inevitably focus more intensely on those incidents that the instructor finds particularly interesting. This is an economics course: we will spend most of our time looking at events, factors, and explanations, using economics to understand history and history to understand economics. Economics 113 must be taken for a grade if it is to be used toward the requirements for the political economy or the economics major.

We have a textbook--Walton and Rockoff's big book. We have two auxilliary books: Blinder and Yellen, and Friedman. We have a bunch of articles and web readings.

For those unfamiliar with U.S. history, Marty Olney recommends John Faragher et al (2005), Out of Many (New York: Prentice-Hall)

  • Administrivia
  • Overview of Course
  • Why Are We Here?
    • The Role of the University
    • Relevance of Economic History
    • Studying Economic History
    • Framework: Economic Growth & Development
  • Assignments and Cleanup


  • Course webpage http://tinyurl.com/43sufu http://delong.typepad.com/american_economic_history/
  • Staff
    • J. Bradford DeLong delong@econ.berkeley.edu Evans 601:
    • Andrej Milivojevic andrej@berkeley.edu: Sections: T4-5 87 Dwinelle, W8-9 61 Evans
    • Marc Gersen mgersen@econ.berkeley.edu: Sections: F2-3 55 Evans, F3-4 55 Evans
    • Matthew Sargent sargent@berkeley.edu: Sections: M9-10 85 Evans, Th1-2 45 Evans
  • Final exam: Th Dec 18 8-11...