Fall 2018, ECONOMICS 210C/ 236A
This course discusses research at the intersection of empirical macroeconomics and American economic history. It may be used to fulfill the course requirements for either the macroeconomics field exam or the economic history field exam (but not both). The course seeks to provide a firm grounding in the areas of monetary economics, fiscal policy, credit market disruptions and financial crises, and the history of American short-run fluctuations and macroeconomics policy. Its main focus is on innovative approaches to identifying causation, dealing with data limitations, and empirical estimation of macroeconomic relationships. Special emphasis is placed on helping students with the transition from coursework to original research.