2016 Cliometrics

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Industrial Engineering and Economics
Ogasawara Kota  Yamamuro Kyoko 
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Mon7-8(W932)  Thr7-8(W932)  
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Course description and aims

This course is an introduction to economic history. By the end of this course, students should be able to understand the importance of studying social and economic history from the perspective of economics, and to make use of their own insight as a tool in this investigation of history.

Student learning outcomes

Students will gain experience in analysis based on scientific thinking and perspectives of economic history.


Economic History, Cliometrics

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

To pursue the goals described above, this course will examine the framework needed for economic history study (classes 1-4), provide econometric models frequently used in works of economic history (classes 5-7), and cover a set of recent papers that employ a variety of empirical methods (classes 8-15).

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introductory lecture on course objectives Understand course objectives.
Class 2 Why economic history? Understand the importance of learning economic history.
Class 3 An overview of the economic growth Understand the relationship between economic growth and economic history.
Class 4 Conceptual frameworks for studying economic history Explain the conceptual framework for study of economic history.
Class 5 Methodology 1 Understand simple econometric models.
Class 6 Methodology 2 Understand simple econometric models.
Class 7 Methodology 3 Understand simple econometric models.
Class 8 Institutions Understand the relationship between institutions and economic growth.
Class 9 Geography Understand the impact of geography on economic growth.
Class 10 Demography Understand the relationship between population dynamics and economic growth.
Class 11 Health Understand the improvements in health status from a historical perspective.
Class 12 Family Understand the function of families in economic history.
Class 13 Labor Understand the function of the labor market in economic history.
Class 14 Rights Understand the relationship between rights and economic history.
Class 15 Review Explain the possibilities and limitations of economic history.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

A reading list covering fundamental studies for each topic will be available in class.

Assessment criteria and methods

The final grade is determined based on class attendance (50%) and final exam (50%)

Related courses

  • IEE.B207 : Econometrics I
  • IEE.B301 : Econometrics II
  • IEE.B405 : Advanced Econometrics

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

This course designed for undergraduate students who are interested in economics, econometrics, and economic history. To take this course, students should be proficient in pre-intermediate- or intermediate-level of econometrics.

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