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ECON 231: The Emergence of Modern Economic Growth
Fall Term, 2011

Monday 11:30 am - 1:00 pm and Thursday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Dunning Hall Room 14


Contact Information:


Ian Keay
Email: ikeay@econ.queensu.ca
Office: Dunning Hall Room 310 or 221D
Office Hours:   Monday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

                     Thursday 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Teaching Assistants: Nicholas Andexer (11na7@queensu.ca)
                            Wing Feng (fengy@econ.queensu.ca)
                            Richard Ishac (11ri4@queensu.ca)

Course Outline and Reading List


Moodle Enrolment Key provided on course outline.

Midterm: Monday, October 17

Sample Midterm Essay Questions

Term Paper Due: Monday, November 21

Term Paper Hints and Suggestions

Don't forget to email an electronic version of your term paper to econ231papers@econ.queensu.ca



Topic 1 - Defining Modern Economic Growth

Topic 2 - Malthusian Pre-Modern Economic Growth

Topic 3 - Britain's High Wage Economy

Topic 4 - Fertility Transitions

Topic 5 - Early Technological Change

Topic 6 - Early Institutions

Topic 7 - Enclosure and Property Rights

Topic 8 - Biased Technological Change

Topic 9 - Slow Growth and Crowding Out

Topic 10 - Globalization and Transport Costs

Topic 11 - British Workers' Standards of Living


Reading Package:

A reading package with all of the required readings is available on reserve at Stauffer Library.

Readings can also be downloaded from a Queen's IP address or the Queen's Proxy Server:

Van den Berg (2001), “Economic Growth Throughout History”, in Economic Growth and Development, Pg. 35-74.


E.A. Wrigley (1983), “Malthus’ Model of a Pre-Industrial Economy”, in Malthus Past and Present, Pg. 111-24.  


R. 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.


T. 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.


G. Clark (2007), "Technological Advance", in A Farewell to Alms, Pg. 133-44.


J. 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. 359-68.


G. Clark (2007), "Institutions and Growth", in A Farewell to Alms, Pg. 145-65.


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.


R. Allen (2009), "Why was the Industrial Revolution British?", in The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective, Pg. 135-55.


R. 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. 703-30.


J. Williamson (1984), "Why Was British Growth so Slow During the Industrial Revolution?", Journal of Economic History, Pg. 687-712.


G. 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. 851-76.


P. Lindert 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. 75-84.


G. Clark (2005), "The Condition of the Working Class in England, 1209-2004", Journal of Political Economy, Pg. 1307-40.