ECON 33051 U.S. Economic History

This course uses economic theory and quantitative techniques to demonstrate the connections between key events in U.S. history and today’s political, social, and economic issues. The relationships between changes in laws, government policies, and other institutions and current economic, social, and political events are elevated and dissected. The key sources of U.S. economic growth and prosperity over the last 200-plus years are identified, examined, and investigated. Analytical tools and data are specifically employed to investigate the intended and unintended consequences of innovation, changes in private property rights, amendments to the United States Constitution, the events leading to and following the Civil War, the not-so-roaring 20s, government activism during the Great Depression, the War on Poverty, globalization, and the Great Recession. 




ECON 23020 and ECON 23030.