Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät

Methods in Economic History (English)


  • Seminar, open for both Bachelor and Master students
  • Wednesday 8:30-10 SPA1, 22
  • F. Mihram, M. Süße, N. Wolf 
  • Office hours: Wednesday 10-12 or on appointment
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This seminar covers a broad range of topics from world economic history, such as growth, globalization, welfare and the role of institutions that feature prominently in the contemporary academic debate. Students will read, discuss and critique key papers from the literature and gain an overview of a variety of methods used in the analysis of historical economic developments.

In order to avoid an overlap with seminar 701074 “The Great Depression”, we will largely ignore the interwar years in our enquiry.


Introductory reading: Gregory Clark (2007) A Farewell to Alms

Introduction: The sixteen-page economic history of the world (pdf)

Organizational matters

  • BA BWL und VWL: 3 SP, Modul: Themen der Deutschen Wirtschaftsgeschichte
  • MA: 3 SP, Modul: Economic History
  • Diplom: 2 KP, Wahlpflichtfach Wirtschaftsgeschichte


Seminar paper (60%), presentation (30%), active participation (10%)

Supplementary material

Overview of Topics (pdf)

Syllabus (pdf)