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Econ 202c: Spring 1999

Economic Growth

J. Bradford DeLong

Course Meeting: W 2-4 in 81 Evans

Instructor's Office Hours: T 9:30-11:00 or by appointment (e-mail

Course Purpose: To survey and evaluate economic perspectives on long-run growth, and to prepare economics graduate students to do research in and write dissertations on the subject of economic growth. To do so you need a heavy exposure--which this course will try to provide--to economic history and economic theory.

But you need more. You need to learn what kinds of things the research community thinks are interesting. You need to know fashion ass well. To that end the readings will be drawn very heavily from recently-completed papers in the literature: the best way to start figuring out how to write a paper that the research community will think is interesting is to start reading papers that the research community thinks are interesting. And to that end the sole requirement for this course is for students to write a paper in the field of economic growth--of 5,000+ words--and to present it to the class at the end of April.

The course will try to maintain the proper balance of history, theory, and fashion.

Course Prerequisites: Successful completion of Economics 202a and Economics 202b.

Part I: The Past

Week 1: Introduction (January 20)

Week 2: Was an Industrial Revolution Inevitable? (January 27)

Week 3: Was the Industrial Revolution Inevitable? (February 3)

Week 4: How Fast Is Modern Economic Growth? (February 10)

Week 5: Theories (February 17)

Week 6: Patterns of Growth (February 24)

Week 7: Case Studies: Getting It Wrong (March 3)

Week 8: Case Studies: Getting It Right (March 10)

Week 9: Trade and Growth (March 17)

Week 10: Trade in Ideas (March 31)

Week 11: Politics and Growth (April 7)

Week 12: The Productivity of Nations (April 14)

Week 13: Social Capital (April 21)

Week 14: "New Empirics" (April 28)

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Professor of Economics J. Bradford DeLong, 601 Evans
University of California at Berkeley; Berkeley, CA 94720-3880
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