This course is about the history of ideas in economics to help the students to understand and appreciate the intellectual development that have shaped the world as we know it. The first half of the course will be devoted to the era of mercantilism, followed by the school of the Physiocrats, and then covering the ideas of what Keynes coined as “classical economists”, such as Smith, Hume, Malthus, Stuart Mill, Ricardo, and Marx, among others. The second half of the course will start from Keynes and Keynesianism (yes! they are different), followed by the monetarists up to the Lucas critique and the rational expectations revolution. The neoclassical synthesis and its origins will serve as a bridge to move from "classical" to "modern" economic thought. Finally, the course will explore the impact of the history of ideas in the current macro-development literature. A reflection on the methodological aspects of economics as a science will take place during the semester as well, probably at the beginning of the course. In the end, this is nothing but a story of scientific revolutions with several paradigms opposing each other, and influencing the economic policy that has transformed the fate of nations; As Keynes wrote in the first pages of his General Theory (1936), "the ideas of economists (...) are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed, the world is ruled by little else". 3 undergraduate hours
Prerequisites (Must be complete BEFORE taking this course):
MATH 220 or MATH 221 (Calculus 1)
ECON 302 (Intermediate Microeconomic Theory) or ECON 303 (Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory)
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Econ 490 History of Modern Econ Thought Felipe Saenz Past Syllabus
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