Practice Final for Econ 113
20050414: Economics 113: Problem Set 4
20050408: Economics 113 Final Paper Assignment
Economics 113 Midterm 2
Economics 113: Problem Set 3 Answers
Economics 113: Problem Set 2 Answers
20050317: Economics 113: Practice Exam for Second Midterm
20050315: Economics 113: Midterm Changed to March 31
20050310: Economics 113: Problem Set 3: Great Depression
20050301: Marc Gersen's Writing Handout
20050222: Econ 113: Problem Set 2: Cotton Is King!
Economics 113 Assignments and Examinations: Spring 2005
Economics 113 Assignments and Examinations: Spring 2005
20050217: Econ 113: Handout on Analyzing Who Profited From North American Slavery
20050215: Economics 113: First Midterm Exam
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: Problem Set 1: Interpreting Regressions: Econ 113
20050204: Growth Accounting Handout: Econ 113
20050204: Growth Accounting Handout: Econ 113
20050203 Econ 113 Fall 2005 First Midterm--Tuesday February 15
20050203 Econ 113 Fall 2005 First Midterm--Tuesday February 15
Econ 113 Category Page
20050127: Economics 113: Spring 2005: First (Short) Paper Assignment
20050125 Econ 113--Notes from Richard Halkett Section
Economics 113: Spring 2005: Main Page
Economics 113 Readings: Spring 2005

May 10, 2005

Practice Final for Econ 113

Practice Final...

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April 19, 2005

20050414: Economics 113: Problem Set 4

Problem Set 4 is now out. It is due at lecture on Tuesday April 26, 2005....

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April 12, 2005

20050408: Economics 113 Final Paper Assignment

Economics 113—Spring 2005—Final Paper AssignmentDue Wednesday, May 18, Evans 601, 4 PM2500 words (approximately 10 pages). Answer one of the following four questions, explicitly using and citing to concepts and readings covered in this course:1. America has had only one Great Depression. Should we fear a repeat of that horrible experience? Did in the past—those living on the eve of and before the Great Depression—have any good reason to fear that such a thing would happen?2. The United States today is still the world’s most productive and technologically dynamic economy. What, in your view, are the principle factors that have...

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March 31, 2005

Economics 113 Midterm 2

Economics 113, Second Midterm...

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March 29, 2005

Economics 113: Problem Set 3 Answers

Sketch of answers to Problem Set 3....

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Economics 113: Problem Set 2 Answers

Sketch of answers to Problem Set 2....

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March 17, 2005

20050317: Economics 113: Practice Exam for Second Midterm

Practice Exam for Second Midterm...

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March 15, 2005

20050315: Economics 113: Midterm Changed to March 31

The second Econ 113 midterm exam is being moved up to March 31. It will cover "Slavery," "Gilded Age and Progressive Era," "The Great Depression," and "Labor and Capital."...

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20050310: Economics 113: Problem Set 3: Great Depression

Problem Set 3: The Great Depression: Due March 17: Economics_113_ps3.pdf...

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March 01, 2005

20050301: Marc Gersen's Writing Handout

Marc Gersen has volunteered to take some of the workload off of Richard Halkett and Marit Rehavi by doing a bunch of our grading. Here are his thoughts after reading the first round of papers....

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February 22, 2005

20050222: Econ 113: Problem Set 2: Cotton Is King!

The second problem set for the spring 2005 version of Economics 115, American Economic History: Cotton Is King!...

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Economics 113 Assignments and Examinations: Spring 2005

Problem Set 2: Cotton Is King! (due March 3). Problem Set 1: Interpreting Regressions (due February 22). First Midterm Exam (February 15). First short paper (due February 8)....

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Economics 113 Assignments and Examinations: Spring 2005

Problem Set 2: Cotton Is King! (due March 3). Problem Set 1: Interpreting Regressions (due February 22). First Midterm Exam (February 15). First short paper (due February 8)....

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February 18, 2005

20050217: Econ 113: Handout on Analyzing Who Profited From North American Slavery

Who profited from North American slavery before the Civil War? Ask a historian, or a political scientist, or a politician the question, “Who benefited from North American slavery?” and the answer you will probably get is, “The slaveholders, of course. The slaveholders got to work their slaves hard, pay them little, sell what they made for healthy prices, and get rich." We economists have a different view. We economists think seriously about the real long-run "incidence" of events and processes. We economists think historians, political scientists, historians, and all others should take microeconomics to learn about incidence--and then take it...

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February 15, 2005

20050215: Economics 113: First Midterm Exam

Yes, they've taken the first midterm exam. More later......

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February 10, 2005

Econ 113 Lecture Notes Page

So far we have run through the first three weeks of lectures--up to 1860 (with the big exception of slavery). My transcribed (but cryptic and highly abbreviated) lecture notes are here: http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/movable_type/2005-3_archives/cat_Notes_Econ_113_Spring_2005.html...

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20050210: Econ 113 Regression Handouts

Marit Rahavi's version Richard Halkett's version...

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20050210 Econ 113 First Midterm: Practice Exam

Here is a practice exam for the Econ 113 first midterm to be given on February 15, 2005, in LeConte 4 at 2 PM. Bring bluebooks! The format is the same as the format of the real exam. The questions are different. Well, most of the questions are different. Some of the questions are the same....

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February 08, 2005

20050208: Econ 113: Announcements

1. Postpone the due date of the problem set to the 17th of February (Thursday). 2. In the textbook, focus on chapters 5 and 9-11 for purposes of the exam....

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February 04, 2005

20050204: Problem Set 1: Interpreting Regressions: Econ 113

The first problem set: on the interpretation of regressions; due at the start of class on February 15 17....

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20050204: Problem Set 1: Interpreting Regressions: Econ 113

The first problem set: on the interpretation of regressions; due at the start of class on February 15 17....

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20050204: Growth Accounting Handout: Econ 113

A handout on growth accounting, natural resources, and American pre-Civil War growth...

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20050204: Growth Accounting Handout: Econ 113

A handout on growth accounting, natural resources, and American pre-Civil War growth...

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February 03, 2005

20050203 Econ 113 Fall 2005 First Midterm--Tuesday February 15

A few notes on the first midterm... The midterm will be a mix of identifications (one sentence response) and short answers (one paragraph response). There will be no multiple-choice questions.... The purpose of this midterm is twofold: To police the reading--make sure that students are actually doing the textbook readings and the article readings. To provide the lecturer with a reality check: what are students actually retaining from the lectures, the sections, and the readings? The split of material will be roughly 40% lecture, 30% textbook (chapters 1-12), and 30% article readings. (Note, however, that there is considerable overlap.)

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20050203 Econ 113 Fall 2005 First Midterm--Tuesday February 15

A few notes on the first midterm... The midterm will be a mix of identifications (one sentence response) and short answers (one paragraph response). There will be no multiple-choice questions.... The purpose of this midterm is twofold: To police the reading--make sure that students are actually doing the textbook readings and the article readings. To provide the lecturer with a reality check: what are students actually retaining from the lectures, the sections, and the readings? The split of material will be roughly 40% lecture, 30% textbook (chapters 1-12), and 30% article readings. (Note, however, that there is considerable overlap.)

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January 28, 2005

Econ 113 Category Page

The main American Economic History: Econ 113 page: TTh 2-3:30 LeConte 4...

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January 27, 2005

20050127: Economics 113: Spring 2005: First (Short) Paper Assignment

ECON 113 AMERICAN ECONOMIC HISTORY SPRING 2005 First (Short) Paper Assignment We will read a substantial amount, both in the textbook and in the auxiliary readings, on the "economic" causes of the American revolution.... Therefore: In three pages or so--roughly 800 to 1000 words--perform the following: 1. Summarize the readings on how membership in the British Empire helped and hindered the growth of the colonial economy in the aggregate.... Speculate on how relatively small but politically-powerful interest groups were helped or hindered by membership in the British Empire.... Present and justify your view of the truth or falsity of the claim that the causes of the American revolt in 1775-1776 were primarily economic.... Papers not submitted when Brad DeLong starts talking will be graded down by half. Papers not submitted to Brad DeLong in Evans Hall by 5:00 PM Wednesday, February 9 receive no credit.

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January 25, 2005

20050125 Econ 113--Notes from Richard Halkett Section

What accounts for differential human development? Why Europe? Why England? How should we best measure differential human development? Is going for agriculture a good decision?

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January 18, 2005

Economics 113: Spring 2005: Main Page

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

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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...

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