ECN-111BSyllabus - ECN 111B United States Economic History...

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ECN 111B: United States Economic History since the Civil War Winter 2010 Instructor : Chris Meissner E-Mail : [email protected] Class location and time : Wellman Hall, Room 2, MWF 1:10- 2:00 P.M. Course website and information : SMARSITE ( ) Office : 1104 SSH Office Hours : Mondays 3:00-4:00 P.M., Fridays 3:00-4:30 P.M. and by appointment. Subject to change but should be finalized by the 2 nd week of the quarter. TA : Rivka Shenhav E-mail : [email protected] Section locations and times: Monday 6:10-7pm Hoagland 168 Monday 7:10-8m Hoagland 168 Office Hours: TTh 1-2 PM Office: 123 SSH TA : Chris Ayres E-mail : [email protected] Section locations and times: Wednesday 6:10-7pm Hoagland 113 Wednesday 7:10-8m Hoagland 113 Office Hours: W 2:30-4:30 PM Office: 135 SSH This course introduces topics in the economic development of the United States since the Civil War. Getting familiar with the economic history of the US will make you more comfortable in understanding the current economic environment and it will aid your understanding of the process of economic development. The course requires no prior knowledge of U.S. history but does require econ 1A or the instructor’s approval to enroll. This is not solely an exercise in narratives and descriptive economic history, but rather is oriented to providing an empirical basis on which to explore issues and problems in macro and micro economics in historical perspective. Important Dates First day of Classes: January 4th First in class midterm: February 1st Second in class midterm: February 26th 1
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Last day of Classes: March 15th Final Exam: Tuesday March 16 th 3:30-5:30 P.M. The course is organized according to the following issues: 1. Growth and development of the USA: Economic growth and the American experience 2. Demographics, immigration, human capital, innovation and economic growth 3. Banking, Money and Finance: From local banking to global financial center 4. International trade and development: tariffs and industrial structure 5. Industrialization and agricultural modernization 6. Macroeconomic policy, the role of the government in the economy and political economy Textbooks that include all “essential reading” Rockoff, Hugh and Walton, Gary M., History of the American Economy. New York: Thomson. 10 th or 11 th ed. Atack, Jeremy and Passell, Peter (1994)
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