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Economics North America


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.



Course objectives



The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website

Mode of instruction

Lecture and tutorials

Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or tutorial, please inform the tutor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam or essay.

Assessment method

Tutorials 30%, midterm test 30%, end-term test 40%

There are no resits for the tutorials. Resits for exams concern all the material for the full 70%, so there will be no separate resits for mid- and end-term tests. The grade for the resits replaces both the original grades for the mid- and end-term tests.


Blackboard will be used. Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

Course Readings (required):

  • M. French, US Economic History Since 1945 (Manchester, 1997).

  • S. Engerman and R. Gallman. Cambridge Economic History of the United States, Vol. III, 20th century. (Available online through Leiden Library)

  • C. Rinhart and K. Rogoff. This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly (Princeton, 2011).

Reference (Not Required):

  • J. Hughes, American Economic History (Pearson, 8th ed.).


Students are requested to register through uSis, the registration system of Leiden University for this course. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.