This course examines the history of economic growth, beginning with the divergence between human ancestors and other primates and continuing through the end of the twentieth century. Topics covered include the Neolithic Revolution; economic growth in ancient societies; the origins of modern economic growth; theories and evidence about the institutional, geographic, and cultural determinants of growth; the East Asian Miracle; the middle income trap; the political economy of growth; growth and inequality; and theories and evidence about the persistence of poverty in the world's poorest regions. The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Economics 1342. Students may not count both ECON E-1340 (offered previously) and ECON E-1342 toward a degree.

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Melissa  Dell

Melissa Dell

Assistant Professor of Economics, Harvard University

PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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