Development of American Economic Institutions and Policies
This course will give a sense of the interaction of economic behavior and other social institutions. The historical dynamics of how the present-day economy evolved will be examined. The course also will demonstrate how the main body of economics can be enriched by the study of history. Topics will include colonial economic policies, the institution of slavery, immigration policies, railroads and the transformation of the American economy, land distribution, and the role of government in transportation and technology.