This course will examine key topics in North American economic development from Colonial Times to the end of the second World War. The topics include migration and settlement, trade and innovation, agricultural development, slavery and its legacy, and the position of North America in the international economy.

Most of the research we will read is quantitative, and written by economists. The course is therefore particularly suited to students with a strong background in economics. You will also need a familiarity with econometrics, or at least a willingness to become familiar with econometrics.

This course is not available to General Course students.