Courses given by EHFF
Course 756: Comparative Economic History: Theory and Evidence
An understanding of changes and developments in the present requires a global historical perspective. The first part of this course provides the students with a comparative perspective on economic development. The second part provides the students with an understanding of the evolution of economic thought, with special emphasis on what is today macroeconomics, trade theory and finance.
This course will provide the student with different historical perspectives on economic development. More concretely, the course can be divided in two parts. In the first part, we study the economic history of the world, and analyze the driving forces of growth, stagnation and crisis. The second part is theoretical, where we study the evolution of economic thought in historical perspective. The student will learn how economic thought has developed over time, from ancient China to modern Europe, and how it relates to economic development. The student will also be acquainted with original texts by scholars such as Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Karl Marx, J.M. Keynes and Milton Friedman.
The course is designed to give a theoretical foundation for analyzing and understanding three main topics in relation to economic development and change, both in the past and in the present:
1) A broad understanding of the history of economic development.
2) A broad understanding of the history of economic thought.
3) An understanding of how society´s historical and institutional development has shaped - and was shaped by - economic theorizing of man.