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EC9C1: Topics in Economic History

12 CATS - Department of Economics

Principal Aims

The module aims to develop the skills and knowledge of advanced economic history necessary for a career as an academic economist and in all areas where advanced research skills in economic history are required. Specifically, it aims to teach the students to understand, appreciate, and ultimately contribute to, frontier research. It is intended to be comparable to modules taught in the best research universities in the USA and elsewhere in Europe.

Principal Learning Outcomes

Have a good overview and a thorough understanding of economic history. Develop a critical knowledge of recent research in some key areas of economic history and enable students to pursue their own research agenda in the field.


Illustrative topics might include:

An overview of the sources of persistence of regional disparities in development, focussing on geography, culture and institutions.

Papers on long run effects of historical institutions on economic development today e.g. colonial institutions, land tenure systems and organisation of labour. Topics might include persistence of history, culture and institutions


Pre or Co-requisites
Satisfactory completion of MRes year 1


Assessment Method
Coursework (100%)
Coursework Details
1 assessment (100%)
Exam Timing

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