ECO4376.001.Spring2019.1.22.2019.1077988315.pdf - TOPICS IN ECONOMIC HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT Spring 2019 Dr Cullum Clark SMU Class Office Hours MW 5:00

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TOPICS IN ECONOMIC HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT Spring 2019 Dr. Cullum Clark SMU Class: MW 5:00 – 6:20 Umphrey Lee XXX Office Hours: W 4:00 – 5:00 & by appointment Umphrey Lee 310A Professor’s Contact Information: Email: [email protected] [email protected] Mobile: 214-725-3926 – Use only in case of emergency Teaching Assistant’s Contact Information: XXX Email: [email protected] Important Dates: Tue 2/26 First midterm exercises due Wed 3/27 Last date to decide with me on the topic for your final paper Wed 4/3 Stage I due date for final papers Tue 4/9 Second midterm exercises due Tue 4/16 Stage II due date for final papers Mon 5/6 Final papers due; last day of class Fri 5/10 Last day on which students can receive partial credit for late work
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Overview: This class will address approximately 10 topics drawn from economic history and contemporary economic issues. We will explore events, trends, people, and ideas ranging from roughly 1776 to the present, and involving the United States, Europe, China, Japan, and other non-Western societies. A central focus will be the interconnections between economic change and growth, on the one hand, and demographic and technological change, politics and public policy, international relations, business and finance, poverty and inequality, and ideas, on the other. Our approach will start from one fundamental premise: that a sound understanding of the past is essential to making sense of the present. This premise is based, in part, on the observation that much of what we take for granted in the contemporary world reflects the continuing effects of past events. In addition, if we want to understand the complex realities of the present, pure theory can only take us so far. We need data, including regular patterns in the data, and for these history is our only source. As such, the class will also focus on drawing explicit connections between history and current events in the world economy. We will start by exploring the path of economic growth around the world over the very long term. We’ll then zero in on the early American republic, focusing on the pivotal role played by America’s first Treasury Secretary, Alexander Hamilton. Next, we will think about the first great period of globalization in the world economy, the late 19 th and early 20 th centuries, emphasizing the rise of international finance and how the history of that time sheds light on our current period of surging globalization. We will study the greatest economic catastrophe in modern history, the Great Depression, and then move on to the very different economic story of the post-World War II decades. Our next two units will focus on the leading advanced economies and on the rise of China and other emerging countries, respectively, over the last 40 years.
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