Not available in 2013/14
EH447 Half Unit
Great Depressions in Economic History
This information is for the 2013/14 session.
Prof Albrecht Ritschl C514
This course is available on the MA Global Studies: A European Perspective, MSc in Economic History, MSc in Economic History (Research) and MSc in Global History. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
Knowledge of economics at the level of second-year undergraduate macroeconomics is recommended.
Fundamental stylised facts on the post-1929 depression. The monetarist paradigm and its offshoots. The financial accelerator view. The role of the Gold Standard: a view from Europe. Labour market/supply side interpretations. A revival of the Keynesian position? Other recessions compared: 1920, 1947. The aim of this course is to: (i) introduce students to the history of the Great Depression of the 1930s, with comparisons to other deep recessions in economic history; (ii) provide students with a basic knowledge of the main theoretical interpretations and their relative merits (iii) give students a preview of the analytical techniques used in interpreting the historical evidence.
20 hours of seminars in the MT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.
10 x two-hour seminars in MT.
Reading assignments will be discussed in class and one 3,000 word marked assignment will be set in the MT.
Bernanke, Ben (2000), Essays on the Great Depression, Princeton: Princeton University Press; Eichengreen, Barry (1992), Golden Fetters. The Gold Standard and the Great Depression 1919-1939, Oxford: Oxford University Press; Kehoe, Timothy J. and Edward C. Prescott, eds. (2007), Great Depressions of the Twentieth Century, Minneapolis: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis; Kindleberger, Charles P. (1973), The World in Depression, 1929-1939, Berkeley: University of California Press; Temin, P. (1989), Lessons from the Great Depression, Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.
Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Department: Economic History
Total students 2012/13: Unavailable
Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable
Value: Half Unit