Aims/Description: This module surveys the economic history of Britain since the mid-eighteenth century (in the first semester) and of the global economy (in the second semester) in order to better understand the forces which determine why some people and countries are rich, and have the capacity for sustained economic growth, whereas others are poor. In particular, we wish to understand the role of government and institutions in driving or retarding economic development, and to provide ideas from the comparative experience of different countries about what policies have been successful in enabling poor people and countries to escape from poverty.

Restrictions on availability: Only available to Level 1 students in the Department of Economics

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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