ECON 231: The Emergence of Modern
11:30 am - 1:00 pm and Thursday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hall Room 14
Dunning Hall Room 310 or 221D
Hours: Monday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Teaching Assistants: Nicholas Andexer (email@example.com)
Wing Feng (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Richard Ishac (email@example.com)
Course Outline and Reading List
Moodle Enrolment Key provided on course outline.
Monday, October 17
Midterm Essay Questions
Term Paper Due: Monday, November 21
Paper Hints and Suggestions
Don't forget to email an electronic version of
your term paper to firstname.lastname@example.org
1 - Defining Modern Economic Growth
2 - Malthusian Pre-Modern Economic Growth
3 - Britain's High Wage Economy
4 - Fertility Transitions
5 - Early Technological Change
6 - Early Institutions
7 - Enclosure and Property Rights
8 - Biased Technological Change
9 - Slow Growth and Crowding Out
10 - Globalization and Transport Costs
11 - British Workers' Standards of Living
package with all of the required readings is available on reserve at Stauffer
also be downloaded from a Queen's IP address or the Queen's Proxy Server:
den Berg (2001), “Economic Growth Throughout History”, in Economic
Growth and Development, Pg. 35-74.
Wrigley (1983), “Malthus’ Model of a Pre-Industrial Economy”,
in Malthus Past and Present, Pg. 111-24.
Allen (2009), "The High-Wage Economy of Pre-Industrial Britain", in
The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective, Pg. 25-56.
R. Allen (2003),
"Poverty and Progress in Early Modern Europe", Economic History
Review, Pg. 403-43.
De Moor and J.L. Van Zanden (2010), "Girl Power:
The European Marriage Pattern and Labour Markets in the North Sea Region in the
Late Medieval and Early Modern Period", Economic History Review, Pg. 1-33.
J.A. Goldstone (1986),
“The Demographic Revolution in England: A Reexamination”,
Population Studies, Pg. 5-33.
Clark (2007), "Technological Advance", in A Farewell to Alms, Pg.
Mokyr (1990), "The Renaissance and Beyond:
Technology, 1500-1750", in The Lever of Riches: Technological Creativity
and Economic Progress, Pg. 57-80.
D. North (1994),
"Economic Performance through Time", American Economic Review, Pg.
Clark (2007), "Institutions and Growth", in A Farewell to Alms, Pg.
D. McCloskey (1972),
“The Enclosure of Open Fields: Preface to a Study of its Impact on the
Efficiency of English Agriculture in the 18th Century”,
Journal of Economic History, Pg. 15-35.
R. Allen (1982), “The
Efficiency and Distributional Consequences of 18th Century
Enclosures”, Economic Journal, Pg. 937-53.
G. Clark (1998),
"Commons Sense: Common Property Rights, Efficiency and Institutional
Change", Journal of Economic History, Pg. 73-102.
Allen (2009), "Why was the Industrial Revolution British?", in The
British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective, Pg. 135-55.
Allen (2009), "The Industrial Revolution in Miniature: The Spinning Jenny
in Britain, France, and India", Journal of Economic History, Pg. 901-27.
G. Clark (1994),
“Factory Discipline”, Journal of Economic History, Pg. 128-63.
N. Crafts and C.K. Harley
(1992), "Output Growth and the British Industrial Revolution: A
Restatement of the Crafts-Harley View", Economic History Review, Pg.
J. Williamson (1984),
"Why Was British Growth so Slow During the Industrial Revolution?",
Journal of Economic History, Pg. 687-712.
Clark (2001), "Debt, Deficits and Crowding Out: England, 1727-1840", European Review of Economic History, Pg. 403-36.
D. North (1968),
"Sources of Productivity Change in Ocean Shipping, 1600-1850",
Journal of Political Economy, Pg. 953-70.
K. Harley (1988), "Ocean
Freight Rates and Productivity, 1740-1913: The Primacy
of Mechanical Invention Reaffirmed", Journal of Economic History, Pg.
and J. Williamson (1983), "English Workers' Living Standards During the
Industrial Revolution", Economic History Review, Pg. 1-25.
J. Williamson (1981),
"Urban Disamenities, Dark Satanic Mills and the
British Standard of Living Debate", Journal of Economic History, Pg.
G. Clark (2005),
"The Condition of the Working Class in England, 1209-2004", Journal
of Political Economy, Pg. 1307-40.