Undergraduate Course: Time, Economics and Resource Allocation in Britain 1930-1990 (ECSH10094)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides an analysis of the changing interaction between time, economic theory and economic policy-making in the UK between 1930 and 1990.
This one-semester course examines the changing use made of the concept of time in economic theory and in UK economic policy-making from the 1930s. Topics covered include: technology, fixed capital investment and the pricing of time; Hayek and the Austrian approach to time and markets; J.M. Keynes and the making of The General Theory; John Hicks and the interpretation of The General Theory; Frank Ramsey and discounting; Nicholas Kaldor and export-led growth and expenditure taxation; Maurice Allais, Paul Samuelson and the Over-Lapping Generations model; and James Meade and marginal-cost pricing. The policy areas covered will include: tangible and intangible assets; human capital; the distribution of income and wealth; housing; social security; health; the ownership and structure of utility industries; public investment; property rights and the law of the sea; and taxation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass or passes in 40 credits of first-level historical or economics courses or equivalent, and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second-level historical or economics courses or equivalent.
In addition, a background in first-year economics or British economic and environmental history is helpful to students taking this course.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admissions Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 504030).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students must have 3 History courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Enrolments for this course are managed by the CAHSS Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department. All enquiries to enrol must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
2,500 word Essay (on a particular topic in the course) (50%)
2,500 word Essay (on a question running across almost the whole course) (50%)
||Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours for this course or by appointment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the main principles underpinning the use of time in economic theory and in policy-making;
- demonstrate an understanding of the main changes in economic theory between 1930 and 1990;
- demonstrate an understanding of the role which economics plays in informing the processes and outcomes of decision-making;
- develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
- demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
|A.J.C. Britton, Macroeconomic Policy in Britain, 1974-1987, 1991, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.|
Bruce Caldwell (ed.), The Collected Works of F.A. Hayek: vol. 9, Contra Keynes and Cambridge.
Friedrich A. Hayek, Prices and Production, 1931, London, George Routledge & Sons.
John Hicks, Methods of Dynamic Economics, 1985, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
John Hicks, Capital & Time; A Neo-Austrian Theory, 1973, Clarendon Press: Oxford.
Susan Howson (ed.), The Collected Papers of James Meade (4. vols), 1990, Unwin Hyman.
Richard F. Kahn, The Making of Keynes' General Theory, 1984, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
John Maynard Keynes, The General Theory, in D. Moggridge (ed.), The Collected Writings of John Maynard Keynes, vol. XIII, The General Theory and After, Part 1, Preparation, Macmillan, Cambridge University Press for the Royal Economic Society, first published 1973, pbk reprint with corrections, 1987.
Robert Leonard, Von Neumann, Morgenstern, and the Creation of Game Theory: From Chess to Social Science, 1900-1960, 2010, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
George Loewenstein and John Elster, Choice Over Time, 1992, New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
Gerald P. O'Driscoll Jr. and Mario J. Rizzo, The Economics of Time and Ignorance, 1985, Basil Blackwell: Oxford.
Avner Offer, 'Understanding The Private-Public Divide: Markets, Governments and Time Horizons', 2020, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Martin Chick
Tel: (0131 6)50 3842
|Course secretary||Miss Katy Robinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3780