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EC932: Economic History

  • Bishnupriya Gupta

    Module Leader
18/20 CATS - Department of Economics
Spring Module

Principal Aims

The aims of this module are to provide an introduction to the methods of quantitative economic history together with a review of some major findings of historical research of interest to economists.

Principal Learning Outcomes

Students should develop a sense both of how historical research can be used to inform current economic policy debates and of how economics can be used to improve the interpretation of history.


The module will typically cover the following topics:

Modern Economic Growth and Divergence

Institutions, Endowments, and Economic Development

Why Isn't the Whole World Developed? Colonialism and Historical Persistence

The Integration of the Global Economy

The Disintegration of the World Economy and the Onset of the Great Depression

Why the Depression Was So Severe and the Slow Road to Economic Recovery

The Great Depression and the Great Recession Compared

Post-World War II Growth: Policies and Outcomes

Growth and Transition in Asia


Core Module
L1PD - Year 1
Optional Module
L1P6 - Year 1
Pre or Co-requisites
The module is accessible to anyone with a good undergraduate background in economics.


Assessment Method
Coursework (20%) + 2 hour exam (80%)
Coursework Details
One 2000-word essay
Exam Timing

Exam Rubric

Time Allowed: 2 Hours

Answer TWO questions ONLY. All questions are of equal weight.

Approved pocket calculators are allowed.

Read carefully the instructions on the answer book provided and make sure that the particulars required are entered on each answer book. If you answer more questions than are required and do not indicate which answers should be ignored, we will mark the requisite number of answers in the order in which they appear in the answer book(s): answers beyond that number will not be considered.

Previous exam papers can be found in the University’s past papers archive. Please note that previous exam papers may not have operated under the same exam rubric or assessment weightings as those for the current academic year. The content of past papers may also be different.

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