Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät

Methods in Economic History


  • Seminar, open for both Bachelor and Master students
  • Monday 12-14 SPA1, 23
  • Felix Mihram and Marvin Süße
  • Office hours: Monday 14-16 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.


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: 6 SP, Modul: Themen der Deutschen Wirtschaftsgeschichte
  • MA: 6 SP, Modul: Economic History
  • Diplom: 2 KP, Wahlpflichtfach Wirtschaftsgeschichte


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

Supplementary material

Topic List