Notes 8/24/2015 - What is Economic History One Web...

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What is Economic History? One Web Dictionary: the application of economic theories to historical study. Cliometrics is the use of econometric techniques to study economic history. Another definition: Economic history is about the study of the humans’ possibilities of subsistence during different time periods. What kinds of problems are usually analyzed? Economic growth (measurement and causes) role and functioning of markets in history, structural change, the role of formal and informal institutions in the economy, and the division of labor between men and women. Comparative History- Some Pointers Studies that use more than one “case” to address a substantive problem. Try to assess some aspect of change instead of stagnancy. Focus on places other than the United States. Emphasize the connectedness of various geographical units instead of separation. Try to understand a society of a time other than “now.”
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