Other Courses

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

Appraising Economics, Bruce Caldwell, UNC Greensboro, Spring 2008

Course on the methodology of economics. Topics include Friedman's methological essay, Popper and falsificationism, McCloskey and rhetoric, empirical work in economics, and economists and policy, among others. Required text is Caldwell's Hayek's Challenge, supplemented with many other readings.

History of Modern Macroeconomics: From Keynes to the Present, Kevin D. Hoover, Duke University, Spring 2008

Considers the key developments in macroeconomics from the 1930s to the 1980s. Topics include the theory of unemployment and the Great Depression, growth theory and business cycle modeling, the tradeoff bewteen inflation and unemployment, the debate over monetarism, and the New Classical Macroeconomics. Syllabus concludes with a short list of possible term paper topics.

Austrian Theory of the Market Process (Pt. 2), Peter J. Boettke, George Mason University, Spring 2000

Second part of a year-long course on the history of Austrian economics. Explores the philosophical and analytical puzzles that have occupied economists working in the Austrian tradition and "reconstructs" some of the major debates in which the Austrians were engaged. Required reading consists of Mises's Human Action, Hayek's Individualism and Economic Order, and Boettke's Elgar Companion to Austrian Economics.

History of Economic Thought: The Austrian School, Peter J. Boettke, George Mason University, 1994.

Survey of major thinkers associated with the Austrian movement. Course intended for graduate students. Begins with Menger's Principles of Economics then covers the Methodenstreit, capital theory debates, Keynes-Hayek debates over monetary theory and the trade cycle, and the socialist calculation debate of the 1930s and 1940s. Seventeen-page syllabus with an extensive reading list, four essay assignments, and a twelve-question final exam.