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Economics 210b: Topics in Economic History

Spring 2000

Friday 9-11, Evans 639

J. Bradford DeLong

Week 1--January 28: Before the Industrial Revolution: Daily Life and World Commerce. Lecture Notes.

Fernand Braudel (1981), The Structures of Everyday Life, title page, 31-265.
Fernand Braudel (1981), The Perspective of the World, title page, 386-535.

Optional: Kevin H. O'Rourke, Jeffrey G. Williamson (1999), "The Heckscher-Ohlin Model, 1400-2000."

Week 2--February 4: European Exceptionalism?

David Landes (1998), The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, title page, 3-59, 168-212.
Jack Goody (1996), The East in the West, title page, 1-112.
Alfred Crosby (1997), The Measure of Reality, title page, 3-126.

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Optional: Rafael La Porta, Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes, Andrei Shleifer, Robert Vishny (1998), "The Quality of Goverment."

Week 3--February 11: The Nature of Modern Economic Growth

Richard Easterlin (1996), Growth Triumphant, title page, 15-112; 131-144.
John Maynard Keynes
Aldous Huxley
Tibor Scitovsky (), The Joyless Economy ().
Massimo Livi-Bacci (1997), A Concise History of World Population, title page, 112-158.

Optional: Charles Hulten (2000), "Total Factor Productivity: A Short Biography."

Week 4--February 18: Modern Technology

David Hounshell (1984), From the American System to Mass Production, title page, 1-124, 189-262.
David Mowery and Nathan Rosenberg (1998), Paths of Innovation, title page, 1-102, 123-179.
William Baumol, Sue Anne Batey Blackmun, and Edward Wolff (1989), Productivity and American Leadership, title page, 1-64.

Optional: Daniel Raff and Manuel Trajtenberg (1995), "Quality-Adjusted Prices for the American Automobile Industry: 1906-1940."

Week 5--February 25: The Industrial Revolution and the First World Economy

Sidney Pollard (1981), Peaceful Conquest, title page, 3-216.
Kevin O'Rourke and Jeffrey Williamson (1999), Globalization and History, title page, 1-166, 269-294.

Optional: Peter Temin (1996), "Two Views of the British Industrial Revolution."
Optional: Alan Taylor (1996), "Sources of Convergence in the Late Nineteenth Century."

Week 6--March 3: The First World Economy: Finance

Barry Eichengreen and Marc Flandreau (1997), The Gold Standard in Theory and History, title page, 1-43, 99-227.

Optional: Michael D. Bordo, Barry Eichengreen, Jongwoo Kim (1998), "Was There Really an Earlier Period of International Financial Integration Comparable to Today?"

Week 7--March 10: Financial Crises

John Kenneth Galbraith (1954), The Great Crash, title page, 6-70, 93-172.
Aurel Schubert (1991), The Credit-Anstalt Crisis, title page, 1-64, 98-167.
Barry Eichengreen (1999), Toward a New International Financial Architecture: A Practical Post-Asia Agenda (Washington: IIE).

Week 8--March 17: Latin American Development (Mostly Brazilian)

John Coatsworth and Alan Taylor, eds. (1998), Latin America and the World Economy since 1800, pp. 1-84, 207-221, 275-321, 383-405, and 443-469; "Introduction," "Economic and Institutional Trajectories," "Property Rights and Land Conflict," "Economic Development and Population Change," "The Efficiency Consequences of Institutional Change," "Railroads in Imperial Brazil," "Latin America During the Interwar Period."


Week 9--April 7: Wars and Their Consequences

Mark Harrison (1998), The Economics of World War II, title page, 1-40, 81-174, 268-300.
John Maynard Keynes (1920), The Economic Consequences of the Peace


Week 10--April 14: The Post-World War II Order

Michael Hogan (1987), The Marshall Plan, title page, 1-187, 427-444.
Karl Polanyi (1944), The Great Transformation, title page, 163-258b.
Peter Hall (1989), The Political Power of Economic Ideas, title page, 3-105.


Week 11--April 28: Different Paths to the Present

Peter Hall (1986), Governing the Economy, title page, 3-20, 137-283.
Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Enzo Faletto (1979), Dependency and Development in Latin America, title page, 74-171.
Chalmers Johnson (1982), MITI and the Japanese Miracle, title page, 3-34, 18-274, 305-324.


Week 12--May 5: The Coming of the Age of Central Bankers

Christina Romer and David Romer (1997), Reducing Inflation, title page, 13-68, 167-192, 247-279, 307-332.
Paul Volcker and Toyoo Gyohten (1992), Changing Fortunes, title page, 59-135, 163-227.

Professor of Economics J. Bradford DeLong, 601 Evans
University of California at Berkeley; Berkeley, CA 94720-3880
(510) 643-4027 phone (510) 642-6615 fax

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