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January 18, 2005

Economics 113: Spring 2005: Main Page

Economics 113: American Economic History

Spring 2005

J. Bradford DeLong delong@econ.berkeley.edu F 12-2 Evans 601
Richard Halkett Richard @uclink.berkeley.edu Tu 1-2 Th 12-1
Marit Rehavi rehavi@ econ.berkeley.edu M 12:30-2 Tu 3:30-4

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General Archive and Handouts Page

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Econ 113 Lecture Notes Page
20050210: Econ 113 Regression Handouts
20050210 Econ 113 First Midterm: Practice Exam
20050208: Econ 113: Announcements
20050204: Problem Set 1: Interpreting Regressions: Econ 113
20050204: Growth Accounting Handout: Econ 113
20050203 Econ 113 Fall 2005 First Midterm--Tuesday February 15

This Main Course Page: http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/movable_type/2005-3_archives/000185.html

Readings Page
Assignments Page

Lecture: Tu Th 2-3:30 4 LeConte


M 9-10 285 Cory Rehavi
T 12-1 116 Haviland Halkett
Th 1-2 87 Evans Halkett
W 9-10 3102 Etcheverry Rehavi
Tu 4-5 (initial meeting W 10-11 105 Latimer)

Course: Economics 113 is an upper-division course in the study of the history of the U.S. economy that satisfies the PEIS historical context requirement. We will survey over three hundred years of history but inevitably focus more intensely on those incidents that the instructor finds particularly interesting. This is an economics course: we will spend most of our time looking at events, factors, and explanations, using economics to understand history and history to understand economics. Economics 113 must be taken for a grade if it is to be used toward the requirements for the major.

Prerequisite: Economics 1 (or 2) (Introduction to Microeconomics and Macroeconomics) is the only official prerequisite. Familiarity with the broad outlines of U.S. history will be presumed. There is some emphasis on statistics, graphs, and economic theory, and some emphasis on the ability to interpret econometrics results. Non-economics majors who have only taken Economics 1 may find the course difficult.

Readings: The textbook for this course is Gary Walton and Hugh Rockoff (2005), History of the American Economy (10th ed.) (Mason, OH: Thomson-Southwestern: 0324259697), available at the bookstore. You will notice a tension between the largely-right-of-center textbook and the largely-left-of-center lecturer: we believe that this is a healthy tension. Substantial additional readings are online, with URLs provided in the reading list and at http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/movable_type/2005-3_archives/000183.html. The online readings are available from every berkeley.edu computer, and from outside berkeley.edu if you successfully configure your computer to use the Berkeley library proxy servers.

Special Accommodation: If you require special accommodations for exams, you must speak with Brad DeLong no later than February 3. You will eventually need to obtain an evaluation form from Disabled Students' Program (230 César Chávez Student Center).

Discussion Section: Attendance and participation in section enhances your understanding of the material, and your section leader can raise your grade a step. Section meets one hour per week. You must attend the first and second section meeting or your space in this course will be given to another student.

Photo: Please bring a (labeled) photo of yourself to your first or second section meeting.

Grading: Your course grade will depend upon your performance on the following: (1) Section participation: can raise your grade a step at the discretion of the section leader. (2) Two midterms and a (short) final: 60%; you must take the first midterm and one of the other two exams; if you take all three your grades will be averaged). (3) A final 10 pp. Paper: 10%. (4) In-class short assignments: 10% (5) Two short papers (3 pp.) and occasional problems sets: 20%.

Cheating: Instances of cheating produce a grade of zero on that particular assignment and will be reported to the Student Judicial Affairs for additional punishment.

Posted by DeLong at January 18, 2005 06:32 AM


I love that textbook (if anyone call truly love a text). Walton and Rockoff have done a great job assembling a wide variety of researcha dn stats into a single history book. I had to sell my back and keep thinking about buying another copy. I took a similar class at CSUDH.

I especially liked the chapter on the effect of declining transportation costs in the early 1800s on the westward expansion.

Posted by: section321 at January 18, 2005 09:38 AM

A photo?

Posted by: djw at January 18, 2005 09:52 AM

Perhaps it is a mistake to put your direct email address on a website where it might be harvested for spam. instead add a removable word...

Posted by: Aaron at January 18, 2005 12:11 PM

I'd be interested to see a blog post about the rationale underlying the specific cheating policy that you are implementing. Do institutional guidelines prevent you from simply entering a failing grade for the entire course? Are you worried about standards of evidence?

Posted by: Alex Merz at January 18, 2005 05:27 PM

You, are a Task-Master.


Now, if I could just get them to use the right-most mouse-button.

Posted by: Thomas Ware at January 18, 2005 06:38 PM

I wanna sign up for that "Placeholder" course, that seems easier. (But it should probably be called Econ 113TK in that case.)

Posted by: Delicious Pundit at January 18, 2005 07:10 PM


the photo is so the professor can more easily attach names to faces.

Posted by: burritoboy at January 19, 2005 07:27 AM

Can you make the readings, or at least the list, available for the rest of us?

Posted by: C.J.Colucci at January 19, 2005 01:43 PM

[comment spam]

Posted by: at February 8, 2005 01:26 PM