ECONOMIC HISTORY

Degree course: 
Corso di First cycle degree in ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT
Academic year when starting the degree: 
2019/2020
Year: 
1
Academic year in which the course will be held: 
2019/2020
Course type: 
Basic compulsory subjects
Language: 
Italian
Credits: 
6
Period: 
Second Trimestre
Standard lectures hours: 
52
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (40 hours), Exercise (12 hours)
Requirements: 

Knowledge of the general features and of the major processes of European and international political history from the late Middle Age to the present.

Final Examination: 
Orale

Written final exam (1 hour), made of a test and of open questions, on the textbook, readings and the lectures’ slides.

Assessment: 
Voto Finale

Knowledge of the economic and socio-political processes and of the determinants of European economic growth in the long run, as tools for the understanding of contemporary economic phenomena and policies, especially as development issues and inequality are concerned.

The course explores the economic and socio-political processes and the determinants of European economic growth in the long run. It especially underlines the interplay between the development of institutions and the generation and diffusion of knowledge-based technologies. By analysing the evolutions and the structural changes occurred in the European economies from the Middle Age to the present, it offers important tools for the understanding of contemporary economic phenomena and policies, especially as development issues and inequality are concerned.

SYLLABUS:
• The making of Europe; advantages and limits of the division of labour
• Population, economic growth and resource constraints
• Institutions and growth
• Early modern economic systems; the nature and extent of economic growth in the pre-industrial era
• Industrial revolutions and modern economic growth; knowledge, technology transfer and convergence
• The evolution of money; the emergence of credit and banking systems
• Trade, tariffs and economic growth
• The evolution of international monetary regimes
• The economic role of the state; from lassaiz-faire to the welfare state
• Inequality among and within nations
• The globalization processes

The course analyses the economic and socio-political processes and the determinants of European economic growth in the long run, as tools for the understanding of contemporary economic phenomena and policies, especially as development issues and inequality are concerned.

K.G. Persson, An Economic History of Europe. Knowledge, Institutions and Growth, 600 to the Present, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2010.
C.P. Kindleberger, Economic Law and Economic History, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1989, ch. 3 and 4, pp. 43-92.
C.M. Cipolla, Before the Industrial Revolution: European Society and Economy, 1000-1700, London, Routledge, 1993, ch. 9, ch. 10 pp. 182-84 and 194-214.

Convenzionale

Lectures in class (20 hrs) and online classes on the e-learning platform. Additional 8 hours of "exercise" in class are part of the lectures.

Lectures’ slides and other materials (articles, data, video-clips) are available to students on the e-learning platform.

Office hours: see lecturer's webpage

Professors

ASTORE MARIANNA