Syllabus

Title
5948 Economy and Society: Historical Experiences
Instructors
Univ.Prof. Dr. Markus Lampe
Contact details
  • Type
    FS
  • Weekly hours
    2
  • Language of instruction
    Englisch
Registration
02/07/19 to 02/20/19
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Doctoral/PhD Programs
Dates
Day Date Time Room
Thursday 03/07/19 05:00 PM - 07:30 PM D2.0.330
Tuesday 03/12/19 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM D4.3.106
Thursday 03/14/19 05:00 PM - 07:30 PM D2.0.330
Tuesday 03/26/19 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM D4.3.106
Thursday 04/11/19 05:00 PM - 07:30 PM D2.0.330
Thursday 05/09/19 05:00 PM - 07:30 PM D2.0.330
Thursday 05/16/19 05:00 PM - 07:30 PM D2.0.330
Tuesday 05/21/19 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM D4.3.106
Tuesday 06/04/19 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM D4.3.106
Thursday 06/06/19 05:00 PM - 07:30 PM TC.4.28

Contents

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 history of managing globalization in the past. We will explore historical experiences in international trade and its governance, international financial flows and their governance, international monetary systems and international migration and its governance. We will read, present and discuss representative examples of this strand of research; international researchers will attend some of the sessions and present their ongoing work for discussion and feedback.

 

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. Especially in the context of economics and socioeconomics we will explore and understand, first, how events that happened in the past may harbor important lessons for the design of economic policy and thus the organization/allocation of resources in a firm, a country, a region or even on a global level. Second, we work on how to use the huge arsenal of events and policies that researchers in economics, socioeconomics and other fields can draw upon to test modern theories with regard their empirical validity, and under which conditions historical experiences can be treated as 'natural experiments' in macroeconomics and international economics.

Attendance requirements

This is a PI, so in principle attending all sessions is mandatory. To reconcile this theoretical stipulation with the realities of student life, one session on Tuesday or one on Thursday can be missed.

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.

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%)  

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

First on the list, first in class, based on attendence in the first session.

Readings

1 Author: Matthias Blum, Christopher Colvin (eds.)
Title:

An Economist’s Guide to Economic History


Publisher: Palgrave
Edition: 1
Remarks: especially chapters 8-10. Online available from WU intranet: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-319-96568-0
Year: 2018
Content relevant for class examination: No
Content relevant for diploma examination: No
Recommendation: Reference literature
Type: Book
2 Author: Lampe Markus, Sharp Paul
Title:

Cliometric Approaches to International Trade; pp. 295-330 in: Handbook of Cliometrics,


Publisher: Springer
Edition: 1
Remarks: available online in WU intranet: https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-3-642-40406-1_8
Year: 2016
Content relevant for class examination: No
Content relevant for diploma examination: No
Recommendation: Reference literature
Type: Book
3 Author: Meissner, Christopher M
Title:

Growth from Globalization? A View from the Very Long Run, in: Handbook of Economic Growth


Publisher: Elsevier
Edition: ed 1, vol 2, ch. 8.
Remarks: available via WU intranet: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780444535405000082
Year: 2014
Content relevant for class examination: No
Content relevant for diploma examination: No
Recommendation: Reference literature
Type: Book
Last edited: 2019-02-21



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