Other Courses

Unlike survey courses, these courses focus on a particular period or figure or topic in the history of economics.

History of Economic Thought, Mauro Boianovsky, University of Brasilia, Spring 2019

Graduate course on the history of economic thought. Syllabus is in Portuguese. Readings include Mark Blaug's Methodology of Economics (Cambridge University Press, 1992), Craufurd Goodwin's entry on the history of economic thought in the New Palgrave (2008), and Robert Ekelund and Robert Hebert's History of Economic Theory and Method (McGraw-Hill, 1990).

History of Macroeconomics, Kevin Hoover, Duke University, Fall 2018

Course examines how the macroeconomics taught in modern textbooks and used to advise policymakers was developed, in part, in response to the fascinating social-scientific question, How does the economy really work?, and, in part, in response to a series of economic challenges.

Philosophy and Methodology of Economics, Kevin Hoover, Duke University, Fall 2018

An introduction to conceptual and methodological issues raised in modern economics. Readings include Marcel Boumans and John Davis, Economic Methodology: Understanding Economics as a Science (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). 

History of Economic Thought II, Pete Boettke, George Mason University, Fall 2016

Explores the socialist calculation debate. Readings range from Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk to Alvin Roth, plus the secondary literature. Assignments include three short essays and a research paper.

History of Economic Thought II, Pete Boettke, George Mason University, Fall 2015

Focuses on the history of price theory throughout the 20th century and into the 21st. Readings consist of books by Marshall, Wicksteed, Knight, and Stigler, among others.  

Market and Government in the History of Economic Thought, Malcolm Rutherford, University of Victoria, 2014

This course deals with views of capitalism from Adam Smith to the present day, focusing on the respective roles of business enterprise, markets, and government. Students are expected to keep reading notes and hand them in as part of the grade; they also write two short essays. Among the readings are the following: The Wealth of Nations (Adam Smith); The Communist Manifesto (Karl Marx); The Theory of Business Enterprise (Thorstein Veblen); Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy (Joseph Schumpeter); The Road to Serfdom (Friedrich Hayek); Capitalism and Freedom (Milton Friedman); and The Predator State (James Galbraith). The syllabus contains links to readings that are available online.

Keynes in Context, E. Roy Weintraub, Duke University, 2011

Examines the 20th-century British economist John Maynard Keynes in various contexts: late Victorian Cambridge, the Bloomsbury group, G. E. Moore and the Apostles, and the Bretton Woods negotiations, among others. Readings consist of Keynes's works, including the General Theory, and some of Skidelsky's biographies of Keynes. Short writing assignments, a midterm paper, and a final paper. Class meets twice a week and is devoted to discussions of assigned readings.

Economics and the Nobel Prize, Sherry Forbes, Sweet Briar College, Fall 2012

This course examines the development of modern economics through the contributions of the Nobel Prize winners, and how the ideas of Nobel Prize winners  influenced (and continue to influence) everyday life and how we think about the "big ideas" of today.  A unifying theme of the course revolves around considering how the Nobel laureates would answer the questions "Is economics a science?" and "What is the proper role of the government in the economy?"  The course is designed as a seminar that meets once a week, and the assignment structure is ideal for smaller classes (6-15 students).  

Hayek and the Austrian Tradition, Bruce Caldwell, Duke University, Spring 2011

Course examines the Austrian tradition in economics, with special attention to the contributions of Hayek. Readings includes portions of Menger's Principles and Investigations, Hayek's Monetary Theory and the Trade Cycle and Individualism and Economic Order, and Mises's Human Action, among others. Syllabus contains a list of possible paper topics.

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