European Economic History (Graduate Course)
Covers topics in Economic History from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century (but does not cover detailed economic history of particular European countries). Topics include competing hypotheses in explaining long term trends in economic growth and cross-country differences in long-term economic growth; the diffusion of knowledge; the formation, function, and persistence of institutions and organizations; the role of institutions and organizations (for example, apprenticeship, servitude, partnerships, cooperatives, social networks, share cropping, and communes) as solutions to contractual problems; the causes and consequences of income inequality; the economics of migration; the changing economic role of the family. The course will highlight the use of economic theory in guiding hypothesis testing, as well as the construction of new datasets and the execution of empirical analysis.
The Economics of Immigration in the US: Past and Presence (Sophomore seminar)
Intermediate Microeconomics (Undergraduate Course)
Microeconomics is the study of how individuals and firms make decisions in a world of scarcity and how these decisions affect markets. We will deal with questions such as how do people decide what goods to buy? How do firms decide how much to produce and how many workers to hire? Why do some industries grow while others decline? Is monopoly power harmful? When is government regulation useful and when is it harmful? The objective of this course is to equip students with a set of concepts and analytical tools that will help them answer these and other important economic questions.