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ECON 113: AMERICAN ECONOMIC HISTORY Lecture 1
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Econ 113: Lecture 1 Administrative Concerns Overview of Course Relevance of Economic History Studying Economic History Introduction to first topic: Economic Demography
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Econ 113: Lecture 1 Course webpage: http://bspace.berkeley.edu Syllabus – available on course website Homework assignments – in the assignments section on bspace Shari Eli Econ113Fall2010@gmail.com (but best to speak to me after class) Office Hours: After class and by appointment
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Relevance of Economic History Many of the important events of today can be more easily understood with history Questions to consider: What were the long-term impacts of the emancipation of slaves with regard to the economy of the U.S. South? What caused the Great Depression and why did it last so long? Does economic growth improve health status? How? Was slavery “efficient,” and if so, how? (And why do we even care ?)
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Studying Economic History Reading the articles: Skim each article once before reading it again more carefully Make a summary which outlines the following: What is the question? (And what is exogenous?) Why is the question important? How does the author answer the question? Methods used? What are the conclusions? What are the article’s weaknesses, and how could the article be improved?
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Assignments and Exam Homework: Due in class at the start of each week Write a two-page essay (1.5-spaced, 12 pt font, 1 inch margins) answering the question based on the readings Final Exam: How to study for it? Grading: No curve 80% or more is an A, 70 – 79% is an A-…
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What is economics? What is economic history?
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