2104 Research Seminar: History and Economics
Univ.Prof. Dr. Markus Lampe
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/16/16 to 10/03/16
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Tuesday 10/11/16 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM D4.3.106
Thursday 10/27/16 05:15 PM - 09:30 PM D4.0.047
Thursday 11/10/16 05:15 PM - 09:30 PM D4.0.047
Tuesday 11/15/16 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM D4.3.106
Thursday 11/24/16 05:15 PM - 09:30 PM D4.0.047
Tuesday 12/13/16 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM D4.3.106
Thursday 12/15/16 05:15 PM - 09:30 PM D4.0.047
Tuesday 01/17/17 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM D4.3.106


This research seminar introduces into economic and social history as an interdisciplinary research field between history, economics and the social sciences. This term the focus will be on the historical development of economic inequalities (in, at least, wealth, income and opportunities) and the underlying determinants and potential long-run consequences. We will read, present and discuss representative examples of this strand of research. 

Learning outcomes

Students will learn what economic and social history actually is, how historical insights can inform 'present-biased' research in economic and social sciences and how the use of frameworks from economic and social sciences does inform and shape historical research. Insights into the peculiarities of historical sources and how to work with them are given. Knowledge is transmitted on inequalities in history, their causes and consequences - and on ways to mitigate them.

Teaching/learning method(s)

Presentations of current research projects by researchers from inside and outside this university are combined with the in-depth study of published research papers through reading, oral presentation, discussion and critical written assessment.


Active participation in class and discussions (20%), presentation of a current research paper as assigned by the instructor (35%) and written ('referee report' style) assignment contrasting a research paper to the wider literature and the theories and methods of economic and social sciences (45%)  
Last edited: 2016-05-16