Study Guide for Final Exam
I. General Information:
The final exam will be held in our regular classroom. Dates/times for each
10:10 Section: Friday, Dec 14, 8:00-11:00 a.m.
11:15 Section: Monday, Dec 10, 12:00-3:00 p.m.
You must take the final exam with your assigned section.
Rescheduling of final exams will only be
considered for students who meet the requirements outlined on the syllabus. (See the section entitled
"Tests" on your syllabus for details.)
You must be present and on time for the final.
Late arrivals will not be admitted
, and if you fail to take
the final you will receive a score of 0. You will need a #2 pencil and a picture ID. The final exam will
70-75 multiple choice and true/false
questions. It will include three types of questions: (1)
questions about material that was covered on previous tests, (2) questions about the "new" material,
including Chapters 23 and 24, and (3) comprehensive questions that address broad themes and require
you to think more generally about what you've learned this semester.
Following is a list of the assigned reading that we covered this semester. Please note that you are NOT
responsible for other readings that are included on the syllabus, but were not covered this semester.
I. Introduction: Economic History, Cliometrics & the American Economy
Walton & Rockoff, Chap 1
Varian, Hal, “American Companies Show an Edge in Putting Information to Work,”
, January 12, 2006.
Sokoloff, Kenneth L., and Stanley L. Engerman, “History Lessons: Institutions, Factor
Endowments, and Paths of Development in the New World,”
The Journal of Economic
, Vol. 14, No. 3, (Summer, 2000), pp. 217-232.
Wade, Nicholas, “In Dusty Archives, A Theory of Affluence,”
The New York Times
, August 7,
II. The Reunification Era: Southern Stagnation, Western Expansion & the Industrial Revolution (c. 1865-
Agriculture and the Farm Protest Movement
Walton & Rockoff, Chap 15
The Rise of “Big Business”
Field, Alexander J., “The Magnetic Telegraph, Price and Quantity Data, and the New
Management of Capital,”
The Journal of Economic History
, Vol. 52, No. 2, (June 1992), pp.
Money and Banking after the Civil War
Rockoff, Hugh, “The Wizard of Oz as a Monetary Allegory,”
The Journal of Political
, Vol. 98, No. 4, (August 1990), pp. 739-760.
III. Boom and Bust (c. 1920-1940)