syllabus - University of Minnesota Fall 2010 ECON 4313:...

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University of Minnesota Fall 2010 ECON 4313: Russian Economy Mondays 5:30-8:00pm Instructor: Piotr Evdokimov Office hours: TBA Email: evdok003@umn.edu Course Overview: “What can I expect to study,” you may be wondering, “in a class called the Russian Economy ?” Well, the answer is: you could study a lot of things. For instance, this class may very well have been focused on current events or Russia’s economic policies of the last few years. The focus, however, will be on something else. From 1922 to 1991 there existed a country called the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and we will devote this course to studying the history of this country , its economic policies, and the theory/rationale behind them. If what you expected is a class about Putin’s Russia, you are in the wrong room. A better name for this class would have been Topics in Soviet Economy . As economists (at least as macroeconomists), we don’t have the privilege of natural scientists to undertake controlled experiments in order to test our hypotheses. On the other hand, one of the greatest experiments in human history was staged in the Soviet Union: the introduction of a
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