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ECONOMIC HISTORY OF WESTERN EUROPE (Economics 531) Term 2 – Winter Session – 2012/13 M-W 12:00 – 1:30 PM Instructor: Mauricio Drelichman Buchanan Tower

1007 mauricio.drelichman@ubc,ca Office hours: by appointment What is the course about? For several millennia, the income of the vast bulk of humanity hovered around subsistence levels. While occasional great civilizations and powerful states arose, they only provided abovesubsistence income for an elite, before invariably declining and dying off. At some point in the second millennium, Western Europe saw the coalescing of forces that would eventually allow it to break away from this pattern. This course is an attempt to understand what was different about Western Europe. Why did it end up ruling over most of the rest of the world, and not vice versa? Why did the Industrial Revolution happen there? And, more importantly, how do these processes inform our understanding of modern economic theory? How does the course work? First the bad news: you will be reading a lot. There is no other way of learning economic history (and most of the rest of economics). There are definite advantages to reading solid numbers of good papers: you will learn different techniques, you will be able to weigh different arguments, you will get more ideas, you may even end up writing better. So use the time-honored technique: apply rear-end to chair and read. The course is organized around broad topics. It is not about historical events, but rather about what economics has to learn from history. Therefore, although the reading list does have a loose chronological organization, I will make no apologies for jumping across time and space when the subject at hand demands it. The main requirement of the course is to write a research paper. I suggest you start thinking early and often about possible topics and discuss them with me, either via email or in person. You can choose any topic as long as it is related to Western Europe before the twentieth century. Once you are satisfied with your topic, you will prepare a 4-5 page research proposal, which you will hand in no later than Wednesday, February 6. Your research proposal should include the following elements:

and paper writing. . Data sources (please make sure the data exist before writing a research proposal!) Once both you and I are satisfied with it. you will present your paper to the class in about 20-30 minutes. An exam worth the remaining 50% will be held in class on Wednesday. During the last week of class. you will be able to proceed with data collection. empirical treatment. March 13. Empirical approach.• • • • What is your research question? Why is it interesting / relevant? Theoretical framework. The research paper (including its research proposal and presentation elements) is worth 50% of the grade.

North-Holland.pdf * Colonial Origins of Comparative Development: An Empirical Investigation Daron Acemoglu. Simon Johnson and James Robinson American Economic Review 91(5): 1369-1401 (2001). http://www. The Deep Determinants of Economic Development a) Institutions Economic Performance Through Time Douglass North American Economic Review 84 (3): 359-368. Simon Johnson and James Robinson In Philippe Aghion and Steven Durlauf. Institutional Change and Economic Growth Daron Acemoglu.jstor.springerlink. v.pdf * The Rise of Europe: Atlantic Trade. Simon Johnson and James Robinson American Economic Review 95 (3): 546-579. The Colonial Origins of Comparative Development: An Investigation of the Settler Mortality Data David Albouy American Economic Review.economics.READING LIST Why History Matters * The Importance of History for Economic Development Nathan Nunn Annual Review of Economics 1: 65-92. Arvind Subramanian and Francesco Trebbi Journal of Economic Growth 9 (2): 131-165. 2009 . April-May 2003. 1994. forthcoming http://www-personal. * Institutions as the Fundamental Cause of Long-Run Growth Daron Acemoglu. 2004. 2-3: 397-405. June 2005.php?id=1183 Institutions Rule: The Primacy of Institutions Over Geography and Integration in Economic Development Dani Rodrik. http://www. The Handbook of Economic Growth.umich.

1998).org/stable/4132477 * The Economic Consequences of Legal Origins Rafael La Porta.2008.economics. Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Jared Diamond New York: Guns. 58. http://dx.pdf c) Geography and Factor Endowments * Factor Endowments. 684-713. Norton. * License to Till: The Privileges of the Spanish Mesta as a Case of Second Best Institutions. http://www. 1997 * The Long-Term Effects of Africa’s Slave Trades Nathan Nunn The Quarterly Journal of Economics 123 (1): 139-176. London: Routledge. Florencio R.jstor.eeh. 2008. http://www. No.* Craft Guilds.10. Epstein The Journal of Economic History. Epstein 2000. Inequality. (Sep. 2002. Mauricio Drelichman Explorations in Economic History 46 (2): 220-240. 2008 http://www. R. pp..001 b) Legal Origins Legal Origins Edward Glaeser and Andrei Shleifer The Quarterly Journal of Economics 117 (4): 1193-1229.jstor. 3.economics. W. April Vol. 2002 http://www. Apprenticeship and Technological Change in Preindustrial Europe S. http://www.pdf . Andrei Shleifer Journal of Economic Literature 46 (2): 285-332. and Paths of Development among New World Economies Stanley Engerman and Kenneth Sokoloff Economía 3 (1): 41-88.1016/ Freedom and Growth: the rise of states and markets in Europe S.

forthcoming 857-882. . http://www. No. http://mauricio.). Harvard University Press.harvard. 2008. ( Mauricio Drelichman The Journal of Economic History 67 (3): 608-642.2004. * Sons of Something: Taxes.1016/j.10.ubc.jstor. Elhanan Helpman (ed. Lawsuits and Local Political Control in Sixteenth-Century Castile. http://dx.* The Curse of Moctezuma: American Silver and the Dutch Disease Mauricio Drelichman Explorations in Economic History 42(3): 349-380. July 2005. September 2007.pdf d) Cultural Norms Cultural Beliefs and the Organization of Society: A Historical and Theoretical Reflection on Collectivist and Individualist Societies Avner Greif Journal of Political Economy 102 (5): 912-950. pp.005 * Ruggedness: The Blessing of Bad Geography in Africa Nathan Nunn and Diego Puga Review of Economics and Statistics.doi. forthcoming 1989). 1994 http://www.jstor. http://dx.econ.eeh. * The Slave Trade and the Origins of Mistrust in Africa Nathan Nunn and Leonard Wantchekon American Economic * Institutions and the Resource Curse in Early Modern Spain Mauricio Drelichman and Hans-Joachim Voth In Institutions and Economic Performance.1017/S0022050707000253 Reputation and the Emergence of Markets * Reputation and Coalitions in Medieval Trade: Evidence on the Maghribi Traders Avner Greif The Journal of Economic History.

org/doi/pdfplus/10.pdf * Persecution Perpetuated: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Semitic Violence in Nazi Germany Nico Voigtlander and Hans-Joachim Voth The Quarterly Journal of Economics 127 (3): 1339-1392 http://dx. 102. pp. 1994). 4. 2005.531 Luther and Suleyman Murat Iyigun The Quarterly Journal of Economics 123 (4): and Conflict * From Farmers to Merchants. May 2009. http://www. Commitment. Mauricio Drelichman and Hans-Joachim Voth The Economic Paul Milgrom. May 2008. http://onlinelibrary.1162/qjec. Weingast Journal of Political Economy.2008.4.885/abstract * Was Weber Wrong? A Human Capital Theory of Protestant Economic History Sasha Becker and Luedger Woessmann The Quarterly Journal of Economics 124 (2): .org/pss/2138763 * Lending to the Borrower from Hell: Debt and Default in the Age of Philip II. forthcoming. (Aug.1162/JEEA.124. and Enforcement: The Case of the Merchant Guild Avner Greif. http://mauricio.pdf Religion. No.2.* Conversions and Diaspora: Human Capital and Jewish History Maristella Botticini and Zvi Eckstein Journal of the European Economic Association 5 (5): 885-926. Barry R.1162/qjec. 745-776.doi. Vol..5.5.econ.1465 * Banks and Development: Jewish Communities in the Italian Renaissance and Current Economic Performance Luigi Pascali Barcelona GSE Working Paper 562 http://research. Human Capital.mitpressjournals.ubc. http://www.

N0. * Macroeconomic Features of the French Revolution Thomas and Sovereign Debt: Britain 1690-1790.econ. 906-935.24. 66. Vol. No. Vol. http://www. 2006). (Jun. 1995). 49. No. Yishay Yafeh The Journal of Economic History. Nathan Sussman. 2010.0.aeaweb. http://www. 15661596. Sargent.CO.. 3.ubc. http://mauricio.2-9 * Institutional Reforms.1257/jep. Velde The Journal of Political Economy. Financial Development.jstor. December 2010. pp. 474-518.economics. 1989). Francois R. Barry R.cambridge. Mauricio Drelichman and Hans-Joachim Voth The Journal of Economic History 70 (4): 813-842.2. Weingast The Journal of Economic History.. 803-832.The Consequences of the Columbian Exchange The Columbian Exchange: A History of Disease. http://links. http://journals. http://pubs. (Dec. 103. 4. pp.163 * The Potato’s Contribution to Population and Urbanization: Evidence from an Historical Experiment Nathan Nunn and Nancy Qian Quarterly Journal of Economics. Vol. Forthcoming.jstor. * Constitutions and Commitment: The Evolution of Institutions Governing Public Choice in Seventeenth-Century England Douglass C. pp.pdf (unabridged online version).pdf * Sweet Diversity: Colonial Goods and the Rise of European Living Standards after 1492 Jonathan Hersh and Hans-Joachim Voth UPF Working Paper http://ssrn. and Ideas Nathan Nunn and Nancy Qian Journal of Economic Perspectives 24 (2): .org/sici?sici=0022-0507(198912)49:4<803:CACTEO> The Development of State Finance * The Sustainable Debts of Philip II: A Reconstruction of Castile’s Fiscal Position. 4 (

Benjamin and Christopher Thornberg Explorations in Economic History 44 (2): 317-341. No. http://www. Pages British Military and Bureaucratic Organization * The Sinews of Power John Brewer 1988.econ. pp.04. 39.001 The Industrial Revolution a) Overview * Editor’s Introduction: The New Economic History and the Industrial Revolution Joel Mokyr In Joel Mokyr.nber. * The British Navy Rules: Monitoring and Incompatible Incentives in the Age of Fighting Sail Douglas Explorations in Economic History. Pages 1-127. Vol. pp. 1990 * Two Views of the British Industrial Revolution Peter Temin Journal of Economic History. Eugene N.. http://www. http://dx. The British Industrial Revolution: An Economic Perspective. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. (Mar. ed. 2007.2006.northwestern. http://www. White NBER Working Paper No.eeh.jstor.doi.PDF The Lever of Riches: Technological Creativity and Economic Progress Joel Mokyr Oxford: Oxford University Press. 63-82.1006/exeh.British and French Finance during the Napoleonic Wars Michael D. Boulder: Westview Press 2nd edition. 1997).0783 * Organizations and Incentives in the Age of Sail Daniel http://dx. Vol. w3517 (1991).faculty.1016/j. 1999. 1. Allen 2002.doi. Bordo. .

http://www. No.doi. 1.004 “The Exploitation of Little Children”: Child Labor and the Family Economy in the Industrial Revolution Sara Horrell and Jane Humphries Explorations in Economic * Engels’ Pause: Technical Change. No. 2.jstor. Issue 4. Issue 4.doi..eeh. 69-92. Capital Accumulation. and Inequality in the British Industrial Revolution Robert C. 1 October 2009.econ. Vol.04.1006/exeh.b) Living Standards * English Workers' Living Standards during the Industrial Revolution: A New Look Peter H. Allen Explorations in Economic History. Jeffrey G. October 1995. ( * Is There Still Life in the Pessimist Case? Consumption during the Industrial Revolution. 48. New Series. 1790-1850 Joel Mokyr Journal of Economic History.2009. pp. (Mar. Allen Explorations in Economic History 38(4): 411-447.0775 * What Price a Roof? Housing and the Cost of Living in Sixteenth-Century Toledo Mauricio Drelichman and David González Agudo http://mauricio. 36.pdf d) Cultural and Intellectual Channels The Industrial Revolution and the Industrious Revolution Jan De Vries Journal of Economic History. 1-25. No. Vol.1021 c) Wages and prices * The Great Divergence in European Wages and Prices from the Middle Ages to the First World War. Volume 32. Pages 485-516 http://dx. 1988). 1. 249-270. 1983). http://dx. Lindert. Vol.1006/exeh.ubc. Papers Presented at the Fifty-Third Annual Meeting of the Economic History Pages 418-435 http://dx. 1994). http://www. Robert . http://www. Volume 46. (Feb.1016/j.2001. pp.doi. Williamson Economic History 54.

edu/~jmokyr/Weber-Lecture. and Modern Economic Growth Joel Mokyr Max Weber Lecture Series.pdf The Enlightened Economy Joel Mokyr New Haven: Yale University Press. Allen Chapters 3 and 5 .wcas. the Industrial * Farm to Factory Robert C. 4 (1991): 573-593 http://www. 2009 Planned Economies * Soviet and Nazi Economic Planning in the 1930s Peter Temin Economic History Review. XLIV.jstor.The European Enlightenment. 2007 http://faculty.northwestern.

Benjamin and Thornberg March 11: Exam Lecture 17 (Mar 13): Mokyr. Engerman and Sokoloff. Lecture 2 (Jan 7): AJR (Handbook). April 1: Easter Monday Presentations: March 27 & April 3 . Lecture 6 (Jan 21): Nunn (Africa’s Slave Trades). Lecture 8 (Jan 28): Nunn and Wantchekon. Drelichman (Sons of Something). Drelichman (License to Till). Lecture 5 (Jan 16): La Porta et al.Lecture Plan Lecture 1 (Jan 2): Organization. Drelichman and Voth (Sustainable Debts). Lecture 15 (Mar 4): North and Weingast. February 18-23: Midterm break. Allen. Lecture 19 (Mar 23): R. Lecture 11 (Feb 6): Botticini and Eckstein. Lecture 20 (Mar 25): Temin (Soviet and Nazi Planning). Vöigtlander and Voth. Drelichman and Voth (Resource Curse). D. Milgrom and Weingast. Lecture 18 (Mar 18): Lindert and Williamson. overview. Lecture 10 (Feb 4): Drelichman and Voth (Borrower from Hell). Hersh and Voth Lecture 14 (Feb 27): Sargent and Velde. AJR (Rise of Europe). Greif. Becker and Woessmann. Mokyr.. Lecture 4 (Jan 14): Epstein. Temin (Two Views). Allen (Farm to Factory). Lecture 13 (Feb 25): Nunn and Qian. Lecture 7 (Jan 23): Nunn and Puga. R. Sussman and Yafeh Lecture 16 (Mar 6): Brewer. Lecture 9 (Jan 30): Greif. Allen (Engel’s Pause). Lecture 3 (Jan 9): AJR (Colonial Origins). R. Drelichman (Curse of Moctezuma). Drelichman and González Agudo. Allen (Great Divergence). February 11: Family Day Lecture 12 (Feb 13): Pascali.