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January 18, 2005

Economics 113 Readings: Spring 2005

Economics 113 Readings

Spring 2005

January 18 and 20: The Settlement of America

Walton and Rockoff: preface, chapter 1, and chapter 2.
Jared Diamond (2000), "Why Did Human History Unfold Differently On Different Continents For The Last 13,000 Years?" (http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/diamond/diamond_p1.html).
Jared Diamond (2002), "How to Get Rich" (http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/diamond_rich/rich_p1.html).
Joel Mokyr (1998), "Review of Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel" (http://econ161.berkeley.edu/Teaching_Folder/Econ_210b/Mokyr_on_Diamond.html).
Richard H. Steckel (1995), "Stature and the Standard of Living," Journal of Economic Literature, Vol. 33, No. 4. (Dec., 1995), pp. 1903-1940. (http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-0515%28199512%2933%3A4%3C1903%3ASATSOL%3E2.0.CO%3B2-C).

January 25 and 27: Colonial North America

Walton and Rockoff, chapters 3-6.
Stanley Engerman and Kenneth Sokoloff (1994), "Factor Endowments: Institutions, and Differential Paths of Growth Among New World Economies" (http://www.nber.org/papers/h0066).
Timothy Yeager 1995), “Encomienda or Slavery? The Spanish Crown's Choice of Labor Organization in Sixteenth-Century Spanish America.” Journal of Economic History 55 (December 1995): 842-59 (http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-0507%28199512%2955%3A4%3C842%3AEOSTSC%3E2.0.CO%3B2-9).
Robert Paul Thomas (1965), "A Quantitative Approach to the Study of the Effects of British Imperial Policy upon Colonial Welfare: Some Preliminary Findings," The Journal of Economic History, Vol. 25, No. 4. (Dec., 1965), pp. 615-638 (http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-0507%28196512%2925%3A4%3C615%3AAQATTS%3E2.0.CO%3B2-X).

February 1 and 3: The Pre-Industrial United States

Walton and Rockoff, chapters 7-12.
Joan Underhill Hannon (1984), “Poverty in the Antebellum Northeast: The View from New York State's Poor Relief Rolls.” Journal of Economic History 44 (December 1984): 1007-32 (http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-0507%28198412%2944%3A4%3C1007%3APITANT%3E2.0.CO%3B2-M).
Jeffrey G. Williamson (1972), “Embodiment, Disembodiment, Learning by Doing, and Returns to Scale in Nineteenth-Century Cotton Textiles,” Journal of Economic History, Vol. 32, No. 3. (Sep., 1972), pp. 691-705 (http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-0507%28197209%2932%3A3%3C691%3AEDLBDA%3E2.0.CO%3B2-2).
Peter Temin (1966), “Labor Scarcity and the Problem of American Industrial Efficiency in the 1850's,” Journal of Economic History, Vol. 26, No. 3. (Sep., 1966), pp. 277-298 (http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-0507%28196609%2926%3A3%3C277%3ALSATPO%3E2.0.CO%3B2-U).
John R. Nelson, Jr. (1979), “Alexander Hamilton and American Manufacturing: A Reexamination, “Journal of American History,” Vol. 65, No. 4. (Mar., 1979), pp. 971-995 (http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0021-8723%28197903%2965%3A4%3C971%3AAHAAMA%3E2.0.CO%3B2-Z).

February 8 and 10: Slavery

Walton and Rockoff, chapter 13.
Evsey Domar, “The Causes of Slavery and Serfdom: A Hypothesis” (http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/movable_type/2003_archives/001447.html).
Alfred Conrad and John Meyer (1958), “The Economics of Slavery in the Ante Bellum South,” Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 66, No. 2. (Apr., 1958), pp. 95-130. (http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-3808%28195804%2966%3A2%3C95%3ATEOSIT%3E2.0.CO%3B2-R).
Richard B. Sheridan (1976), "Sweet Malefactor": The Social Costs of Slavery and Sugar in Jamaica and Cuba, 1807-54,” Economic History Review, New Series, Vol. 29, No. 2. (May, 1976), pp. 236-257 (http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0013-0117%28197605%292%3A29%3A2%3C236%3A%22MTSCO%3E2.0.CO%3B2-9).


February 17: Slavery and the Civil War

Walton and Rockoff, chapter 14.
Gerald Gunderson (1974), "The Origin of the American Civil War," Journal of Economic History, Vol. 34, No. 4. (Dec., 1974), pp. 915-950 (http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-0507%28197412%2934%3A4%3C915%3ATOOTAC%3E2.0.CO%3B2-X).
Claudia D. Goldin and Frank D. Lewis (1975), "The Economic Cost of the American Civil War: Estimates and Implications," Journal of Economic History, Vol. 35, No. 2. (Jun., 1975), pp. 299-326 (http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-0507%28197506%2935%3A2%3C299%3ATECOTA%3E2.0.CO%3B2-6).

February 22 and 24: Post-Civil War America: The Gilded Age

Walton and Rockoff, chapters 15-17, 20.
Gavin Wright and Howard Kunreuther (1975), "Cotton, Corn and Risk in the Nineteenth Century," Journal of Economic History, Vol. 35, No. 3. (Sep., 1975), pp. 526-551 (http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-0507%28197509%2935%3A3%3C526%3ACCARIT%3E2.0.CO%3B2-O).
Jeffrey G. Williamson (1974), "Watersheds and Turning Points: Conjectures on the Long-Term Impact of Civil War Financing," Journal of Economic History, Vol. 34, No. 3. (Sep., 1974), pp. 636-661 (http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-0507%28197409%2934%3A3%3C636%3AWATPCO%3E2.0.CO%3B2-I).

March 1 and 3: The Great Depression

Walton and Rockoff, chapters 21-23.
Eugene White (1990), “The Stock Market Boom and the Crash of 1929,” Journal of Economic Perspectives 4:2 (Spring), pp. 67-83 (http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/Teaching_Folder/Econ_210c_spring_2002/Readings/White_crash.pdf).
Martha L. Olney (1999), “Avoiding Default: The Role of Credit in the Consumption Collapse of 1930.” Quarterly Journal of Economics CXIV (February 1999): 319-335 (http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0033-5533%28199902%29114%3A1%3C319%3AADTROC%3E2.0.CO%3B2-R).
Christina Romer (1990): "The Great Crash and the Onset of the Great Depression," QJE 105:3 (August), pp. 597-624. (http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/Teaching_Folder/Econ_210c_spring_2002/Readings/Romer_crash.pdf).
Christina Romer (1993) “The Nation in Depression.” Journal of Economic Perspectives 7 (Spring 1993): 19-39 (http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/Teaching_Folder/Econ_210c_spring_2002/Readings/Romer_nation_depression.pdf).

March 8 and 10: Social Democracy and World War II

Walton and Rockoff, chapters 24-26.
J. Bradford DeLong and Barry Eichengreen (1993, “The Marshall Plan: History’s Most Successful Structural Adjustment Program” (http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/pdf_files/Marshall_Large.pdf).

March 15 and 17: Labor and Capital

Walton and Rockoff, chapters 18 and 19.
Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz (1999). “Human Capital and Social Capital: The Rise of Secondary Schooling in America, 1910-1940.” Journal of Interdisciplinary History (http://www.nber.org/papers/W6439).
Richard Freeman (1998), “Spurts in Union Growth” (http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/Teaching_Folder/Econ_210c_spring_2002/Readings/w6012.pdf).
J. Bradford DeLong, “Did J.P. Morgan’s Men Add Value?” (http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/Teaching_Folder/Econ_210a_f99/Readings/Morgan_Temin.pdf).
W. Devine (1983), “From Shafts to Wires: Historical Perspective on Electrification,” Journal of Economic History (pp. 347-72 (http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/Teaching_Folder/Econ_210c_spring_2002/Readings/Devine.pdf).

March 29 and 31: The American Dream

Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz (1999), “ The Returns to Skill in the United States across the Twentieth Century” NBER Working Paper no. 7126 (May) (http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/Teaching_Folder/Econ_210c_spring_2002/Readings/gk_returns_to_skill.pdf).
Claudia Goldin and Robert A. Margo (1992), “The Great Compression,” Quarterly Journal of Economics (http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/Teaching_Folder/Econ_210c_spring_2002/Readings/compression.pdf).
Alberto Alesina, Edward Glaeser, and Bruce Sacerdote (2001), “Why Doesn’t the U.S. Have a European-Style Welfare System?” (http://papers.nber.org//W8524.pdf).
Emmanuel Saez (2004), “Income Concentration in a Historical and International Perspective” (http://emlab.berkeley.edu/users/saez/berkeleysympo2.pdf).


April 7 and 12: Focus on Women

Gavin Wright (1991), “Understanding the Gender Gap: A Review Article,” Journal of Economic Literature : 1153-63 (http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/Teaching_Folder/Econ_210c_spring_2002/Readings/Wright_Goldin.pdf).
Sue Bowden and Avner Offer (1994), “Household Appliances and the Use of Time” Economic History Review 47: 725-748 (http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/Teaching_Folder/Econ_210c_spring_2002/Readings/Offer.pdf).
Claudia Goldin (2004) "The Long Road to the Fast Track" NBER WP 10331 (http://papers.nber.org/papers/W10331).

April 14 and 19: Focus on African-Americans

Turner, Sarah and John Bound. “Closing the Gap or Widening the Divide: The Effects of the G.I. Bill and World War II on the Educational Outcomes of Black Americans.” Journal of Economic History 63 (March 2003): 145-177 (http://papers.nber.org/papers/w9044).
J. Smith and Finis Welch (1989), "Black Economic Progress after Myrdal," JEL (June), pp. 519-40, 557-61 (http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/Teaching_Folder/Econ_210c_spring_2002/Readings/Welch.pdf).

April 21 and 26: Governing the Macroeconomy

Walton and Rockoff, chapter 27.
J. Bradford DeLong (1996), “Keynesianism, Pennsylvania Avenue Style: Some Economic Consequences of the Employment Act of 1946,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 1996, vol. 10, issue 3, pages 41-53 (http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/pdf_files/Keynesianism_Pennsylvania.pdf).
J. Bradford DeLong, "America's Only Peacetime Inflation: The 1970s," published in Reducing Inflation: Motivation and Strategy, Christina Romer and David Romer, eds., (Chicago: University of Chicago Press) 1997 (http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/ pdf_files/Peacetime_Inflation.pdf).
Christina Romer, "Changes in Business Cycles (1999)," Journal of Economic Perspectives 13 (Spring). (http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/Teaching_Folder/Econ_210c_spring_2002/Readings/Romer_Estimates.pdf).

April 28 and May 3: Productivity Slowdowns and New Economies

Walton and Rockoff, chapters 28 and 29.
Paul David (1990), “The Dynamo and the Computer: An Historical Perspective on the Modern Productivity Paradox,” American Economic Review, pp. 355-60 (http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/Teaching_Folder/Econ_210c_spring_2002/Readings/David_Dynamo.pdf).
Dale W. Jorgenson, Mun S. Ho, and Kevin J. Stiroh (2004), “Will the U.S. Productivity Resurgence Continue?” Current Issues in Economics and Finance December 2004 Volume 10, Number (http://www.ny.frb.org/research/current_issues/ci10-13.html).

May 5 and 10: The Future

David Cutler (2002), “Health Care and the Public Sector” (http://papers.nber.org/papers/w8802).
J.B. DeLong (2000), “Cornucopia: The Pace of Economic Growth in the 20th Century” NBER Working Paper no. 7602 (March) (http://www.nber.org/papers/W7602).
Ronald Lee and Jonathan Skinner (1999), “Will Aging Baby Boomers Bust the Federal Budget?” Journal of Economic Perspectives 13 (Winter 1999): 117-140 (http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/~andreoni/Econ441/skinner.pdf).
Stephen S. Cohen and J. Bradford DeLong (2005), “Shaken and Stirred,” Atlantic Monthly (http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200501/cohen).

Friday May 13: FINAL EXAM 12:30-3:30.

Friday May 20: FINAL PAPER due (4 P.M.: Evans 611).

Posted by DeLong at January 18, 2005 06:23 AM


Hey Brad,

You seem to have a dead link under the March 29 and 31 week, for the European-style welfare paper.


Posted by: beowulf at January 18, 2005 10:07 AM

The peacetime inflation link has an extra space before pdf_files.

Posted by: bunny at January 18, 2005 12:47 PM

Wow - that sounds like a course I'd really, really love to take!

If the next few months weren't shaping up to be pretty damned busy, I'd at least try to do a good chunk of the readings....

Posted by: RT at January 18, 2005 05:22 PM

textbook for 60 bucks:


Posted by: bodzin at January 21, 2005 01:16 PM