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Advanced Economic History / Histoire économique avancée

(Master APE & PPD, EHESS & Paris School of Economics)

Thomas Piketty  -  Academic year 2023-2024


(Full syllabus : see PSE teaching home page)

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Office: Jourdan R5-04

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"Advanced economic history" is an optional second-year master course that is highly recommended for students wishing to specialize in economic history and related subjects. This is a collective course designed by the members of the Centre d'histoire économique et sociale François-Simiand. The objective is to present a broad introduction to various research areas in economic history.

"Advanced Economic History" is jointly taught by Facundo Alvaredo, Jérôme Bourdieu, Denis Cogneau, Pierre-Cyrille Hautcoeur, Lionel Kesztenbaum, Eric Monnet and Thomas Piketty. The two lectures taught by Thomas Piketty focus upon the interaction between inequality and party systems in modern electoral democracies.

Although this is not a formal prerequisite, I assume that students have already taken the "Introduction to Economic History" course and are familiar with the basic facts regarding the historical evolution of income and wealth, the changing composition of capital ownership, etc. Students who have not taken this course (or need to refresh their memory) are strongly encouraged to go through the syllabus and slides used in this course.

"Adavanced Economic History" is organized in 12 lectures of 3 hours. To validate the course, students are required (1) to attend and actively participate to all lectures; (2) to take the exam.


Lecture 1-8 & 11-12 by L. Kesztenbaum/E. Monnet/F. Alvaredo/D. Cogneau/J. Bourdieu/P.C. Hautcoeur


Lectures 9-10: Party Systems and Socioeconomic Inequality in Electoral Democracies (T. Piketty)

Monday November 13th & 20th 2023 & Wednesday November 15th & 22nd 2023, 16h15-17h45



Syllabus, Reading lists and Slides used in previous years: AY 2017-18, AY 2018-19, AY 2019-20, AY 2020-21, AY 2021-2022, AY 2022-2023