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
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.