ECON 895: Special Topics in Economics

ECON 895-006: Historical Political Economy
(Spring 2022)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M

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Section Information for Spring 2022

This class should be of value to anyone interested in economic history or related fields like political economy.

This class will introduce PhD students to research in economic history and political economy. The approach is wide-ranging and encompasses topics in the economics of culture and  overlaps with issues in economic history and institutional economics.   We will read a host of recent papers (all published post-2000 and most published post-2010) that deal with issues including but not limited to colonialism, state capacity, the role of geography in state formation, the emergence of representative government, war and conflict and religion and the state.


The class will consist of a mixture of lectures, discussion and student presentations. The purpose of this class is to prepare you for research. You will work on paper ideas and papers which will ideally form the basis of either your dissertation or lead to published papers. The requirements are that you are attend every class (unless you have a good reason to be absent) and write a paper at the end of the semester. As an intermediate step I will invite you to propose three paper ideas to me and to discuss these ideas after class or in my office hours. There will be student presentations at the

end of the semester.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Topics vary according to interests of instructor. Emphasizes new areas of discipline. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate or Non-Degree.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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