March 14, 2003

REVISED Econ 210a, Spring 2003 Syllabus: Introduction to Economic History

Spring 2003
University of California, Berkeley

Barry Eichengreen (Evans 603, T 1-3, 2-0926,

Brad DeLong (Evans 601, W 2-4, 3-4027,




(First-Year Economics Ph.D Core Class)

January 22: Markets and Their Alternatives: A Historical Perspective (students are not expected to have done the reading for this week in advance)

M. I. Finley (1970), "Aristotle and Economic Analysis," Past and Present, No. 47. (May), pp. 3-25.

M. I. Finley (1965), "Technical Innovation and Economic Progress in the Ancient World," Economic History Review, New Series, Vol. 18, No. 1, Essays in Economic History Presented to Professor M. M. Postan), pp. 29-45.

Morris Silver (1983), "Karl Polanyi and Markets in the Ancient Near East: The Challenge of the Evidence," Journal of Economic History 43:4 (December), pp. 795-829.

Paul David (1985), "Clio and the Economics of QWERTY," American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 75, (May): 332-337.

S.J. Liebowitz and Stephen E. Margolis (1994), "Network Externality: An Uncommon Tragedy," Journal of Economic Perspectives 8:2 (Spring), pp. 133-50.

Robert M. Solow (1985), "Economic History and Economics," American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 75 (May): 328-331.

January 29: Technology, Organization, and Population to 1500

Gregory Clark (1992), "The Economics of Exhaustion, the Postan Thesis, and the Agricultural Revolution," Journal of Economic History 52:1 (March), pp. 61-84.

David Weir (1984), "Life Under Pressure: France and England," Journal of Economic History 44 (March): 27-47.

Michael Kremer (1993), "Population Growth and Technological Change: One Million B.C. to 1990," Quarterly Journal of Economics 108 (August), pp. 681-716.

Avner Greif (1989), "Reputation and Coalitions in Medieval Trade: Evidence on the Maghribi Traders," Journal of Economic History 49:4 (December), pp. 857-882.

February 5: Globalization, Empire, and Trade: The Commercial Revolution: 1500-1800

Jan de Vries (1994), "The Industrious Revolution and the Industrial Revolution," Journal of Economic History 54:2 (June), pp. 249-70.

Kevin H. O'Rourke and Jeffrey G. Williamson (2002), "From Malthus to Ohlin: Trade, Growth and Distribution Since 1500" (Cambridge: NBER Working Paper w8955, May).

Kevin H. O'Rourke and Jeffrey G. Williamson (2001), "After Columbus: Explaining the Global Trade Boom 1500-1800" (Cambridge: NBER Working Paper w8186, March).

Kevin H. O'Rourke and Jeffrey G. Williamson (2000), "When Did Globalization Begin?" (Cambridge: NBER Working Paper w7632, April).

February 12: Britain on the Eve of Its Industrial Revolution

Stephen Nicholas and Richard Steckel (1991), "Heights and Living Standards of English Workers During the Early Years of Industrialization, 1770-1815," Journal of Economic History 51:4 (December), pp. 937-57.

Douglass North and Barry Weingast (1989), "Constitutions and Commitment: The Evolution of Institutions Governing Public Choice in Seventeenth-Century England," Journal of Economic History 49 (December): 803-832.

J. Bradford DeLong and Andrei Shleifer (1993), "Princes and Merchants: City Growth Before the Industrial Revolution," Journal of Law and Economics 36:5 (October), pp. 671-702.

February 19: The British Industrial Revolution I: Leading Sectors and Their Influence

Peter Temin (1997), "Two Views of the Industrial Revolution," Journal of Economic History 57:1 (March), pp. 63-82.

C. Knick Harley (1982), "British Industrialization Before 1841: Evidence of Slower Growth During the Industrial Revolution," Journal of Economic History 42:2 (June), pp. 267-289.

Richard Easterlin (1995), "Industrial Revolution and Mortality Revolution: Two of a Kind?" Journal of Evolutionary Economics 5:4 (December), pp. 393-408.

Gregory Clark (1994), "Factory Discipline," Journal of Economic History 54:1. (March), pp. 128-163.

Jeffrey G. Williamson (1984), "Why Was British Growth So Slow During the Industrial Revolution?" Journal of Economic History 443. (September), pp. 687-712.

February 26: The British Industrial Revolution II: Spread and Structural Change

Joel Mokyr (1988), "Is There Still Life in the Pessimist Case? Consumption during the Industrial Revolution, 1790-1850," Journal of Economic History 48:1 (March), pp. 69-92.

George Boyer (1998), "The Historical Background of the Communist Manifesto," Journal of Economic Perspectives 12:4 (Autumn), pp. 151-174.

David Landes (1986), "What Do Bosses Really Do?" Journal of Economic History 46:3 (September), pp. 585-623.

C. Knick Harley (1988), "Ocean Freight Rates and Productivity, 1740-1913: The Primacy of Mechanical Invention Reaffirmed," Journal of Economic History 48:4 (December), pp. 851-876.

Nicholas Crafts (1998), "Forging Ahead and Falling behind: The Rise and Relative Decline of the First Industrial Nation," Journal of Economic Perspectives 12:2 (Spring), pp. 193-210.

March 5: Exceptional North America I: Slavery and Labor Scarcity

Paul David (1967), "New Light on a Statistical Dark Age: U.S. Real Product Growth Before 1840," American Economic Review 57 (May), pp. 294-306.

Peter Temin (1966), "Labor Scarcity and the Problem of American Industrial Efficiency in the 1850s," Journal of Economic History 26:3 (September), pp. 277-298.

C. Knick Harley (1992), "International Competitiveness of the Antebellum American Cotton Textile Industry," Journal of Economic History 52:3. (September), pp. 559-584.

B. Zorina Kahn and Kenneth L. Sokoloff (1993), "‘Schemes of Practical Utility’: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Among ‘Great Inventors’ in the United States, 1790-1865," Journal of Economic History 53 (June): 289-307.

Alfred Conrad and John Meyer (1958), "The Economics of Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South," Journal of Political Economy 66:1 (1958), pp. 95-130.

Garland L. Brinkley (1997), "The Decline in Southern Agricultural Output, 1860-1880," Journal of Economic History 57 (March), pp. 116-138

March 12: Why Was Europe First? Why Was England First? Fortunes and Their Reversals

Richard Easterlin (1981), "Why Isn't the Whole World Developed?" Journal of Economic History 41:1 (March), pp. 1-19.

Gregory Clark (1987), "Why Isn't the Whole World Developed?: Lessons from the Cotton Mills," Journal of Economic History 47:1 (March), pp. 141-74).

Daron Acemoglu, Simon Johnson, James A. Robinson (2000), "The Colonial Origins of Comparative Development: An Empirical Investigation" (Cambridge: NBER Working Paper No. w7771, June).

Daron Acemoglu, Simon Johnson, James A. Robinson (2001), "Reversal of Fortune: Geography and Institutions in the Making of the Modern World Income Distribution" (Cambridge: NBER Working Paper No. w8460, September).

Angus Maddison (1983), "A Comparison of Levels of GDP Per Capita in Developed and Developing Countries, 1700-1980," Journal of Economic History 43:1 (March), pp. 27-41.

March 16: Literature Review and Sketch of Hypotheses Due


April 2: Exceptional North America II: Reapers, Railroads, Industry, and Business

Paul David (1966), "The Mechanization of Reaping in the Ante-Bellum Midwest," in Henry Rosovsky (ed.), Industrialization in Two Systems, New York: Wiley, pp.3-28. On reserve at Haas.

Robert Fogel (1962), "A Quantitative Approach to the Study of Railroads in American Economic Growth," Journal of Economic History 22, pp.163-197.

Alfred Chandler (1990), Scale and Scope, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, chapter 3, pp.51-89. On reserve at Haas.

Gavin Wright, "The Origins of American Industrial Success, 1879-1940," American Economic Review 80 (1990), pp.651-668.

Douglas Irwin, "How Did the United States Become a Net Exporter of Manufactured Goods?" NBER Working Paper no. 7638 (April 2000).

April 9: The Evolution of Capital Markets

Lance Davis (1965), "The Investment Market, 1870-1914: The Evolution of a National Market," Journal of Economic History 25, pp.355-393.

Kenneth A.Snowden (1995), "The Evolution of Interregional Mortgage lending Channels, 1870-1914: The Life Insurance-Mortgage Company Connection," in Naomi R. Laoreaux and Daniel M.G. Raff (eds), Coordination and Information: Historical Perspectives on the Organization of Enterprise (Chicago: University of Chicago press, pp.209-256,

Timothy W. Guinnane (2002), "Delegated Monitors, Large and Small: Germany’s Banking System 1800-1914," Journal of Economic Literature 40 (March), pp. 73 124,

Raghuram G. Rajan and Luigi Zingales (2001), "The Great Reversals: The Politics of Financial Development in the 20th Century," NBER Working Paper no. 8178 (March),

April 16: The Evolution of Labor Markets

Sanford Jacoby (1984), "The Development of Internal Labor Markets in American Manufacturing Firms," in Paul Osterman (ed.), Internal Labor Markets (Cambridge, Mass. MIT Press), pp.23-69. On reserve at Haas.

Susan Carter and Elizabeth Savoca (1988), "Labor Mobility and Lengthy Jobs in 19th Century America," Journal of Economic History 50, pp.1-16.

Joshua Rosenbloom (1990), "One Market or Many? Labor Market Integration in the Late-19th Century United States," Journal of Economic History 50, pp.87 107.

Joshua Rosenbloom (2002), "Employment Agencies and Labor Exchanges: The Impact of Intermediaries in the Market for Labor," chapter 3 in Joshua Rosenbloom, Looking for Work, Searching for Workers: American Labor Markets during Industrialization, Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, pp. 46-79.

April 23: Globalization in the Late Nineteenth Century

D.S. Massey (1988), "Economic Development and International Migration in Comparative Perspective," Population and Development Review 14, pp.383-413.

Michael Bordo, Barry Eichengreen and Douglas Irwin (1999), "Is Globalization Today Really Different than Globalization a Hundred Years Ago?" Brookings Trade Policy Forum 1999 (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution), pp.1-72.

Albert Fishlow (1985), "Lessons from the Past: Capital Markets During the 19th Century and the Interwar Period," International Organization 39, pp.383-439.

April 30: The Gold Standard

Arthur Bloomfield (1959), Monetary Policy Under the International Gold Standard (New York, Federal Reserve Bank of New York). On reserve at Haas.

Barry Eichengreen, Golden Fetters: The Gold Standard and the Great Depression, 1919-1939, New York: Oxford University Press, chapter 2, pp.29-66. On reserve at Haas.

Michael Bordo and Hugh Rockoff (1996), "The Gold Standard as a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval," Journal of Economic History 56, pp.389-428,

May 7: The Great Depression

Friedman and Anna Schwartz (1963), A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960, Princeton: Princeton University Press, Chapter 13, "A Summing Up," pp.676-700,

Barry Eichengreen (1992), Golden Fetters: The Gold Standard and the Great Depression 1919-1939 (New York: Oxford University Press), chapter 1, pp. 3-28. On reserve at Haas.

Ben Bernanke and Harold James (1991), "The Gold Standard, Deflation, and Financial Crisis in the Great Depression: An International Comparison," in R. Glenn Hubbard (ed.), Financial Markets and Financial Crises (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), pp.33-68

Dieter Rothermund (1996), The Global Impact of the Great Depression (London: Routledge), pp.74-135. On reserve at Haas.

May 14: Postwar Economic Growth

Nicholas Crafts and Gianni Toniolo (1995), "Postwar Growth: An Overview," CEPR Discussion Paper no.1095 (January 1995).

Stanley Engerman and Kenneth Sokoloff (1994), "Factor Endowments, Institutions and Differential Paths of Development Among New World Economies: A View from Economic Historians of the United States," NBER Working Paper no. h0066 (December).

Dani Rodrik (1995), "Getting Interventions Right: How South Korea and Taiwan Grew Rich," NBER Working Paper no. 4964.

Robert Gordon, "Does the New Economy Measure Up to the Great Inventions of the Past?" NBER Working Paper no. 7833 (August 2000).

Nicholas Crafts, "The Solow Productivity Paradox in Historical Perspective," CEPR Discussion Paper no.3142 (January 2002).

May 14: Paper Due

May 22: 12-3 PM: Final Exam: Evans 608-7

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