The Economic Development of Europe: An Introduction - ECON3110

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Alexander Klein checkmark-circle


The aim of the module is to introduce students to the development of European economies in the long-run. It examines major economic shocks and challenges faced by European economies over the past few centuries and introduces various economic concepts to gain deeper understanding of long-run economic development. It discusses, among others, the issues of industrialization, economic growth, inequality, globalization, international trade, international monetary system as well as a relationship between institutions and economic growth.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 23
Private study hours: 127
Total study hours: 150


This module is optional for all students studying single and joint honours degree programmes in economics.

The module is NOT available to students across other degree programmes in the University

Method of assessment

Moodle Quiz, (20%)
Group Project, (4,000 words) (80%)

Reassessment Instrument: Coursework – 5 short essay questions (100%)

Indicative reading

• Persson, K.G, & Sharp, P. (2015) An Economic History of Europe. Cambridge University Press.

Other suggested readings:

• Stephen N. Broadberry, Kevin H. O'Rourke: The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Europe, Volume 2: 1870 to the Present, Cambridge University Press 2010 (henceforth BO).
• Nicholas Crafts, Gianni Toniolo: Economic growth in Europe since 1945, Cambridge University Press 1996 (henceforth CT)
• Barry Eichengreen: Golden Fetters. The Gold Standard and the Great Depression, 1919-1939, Oxford University Press, 1992 (henceforth E (1992)).
• Barry Eichengreen (ed.): Europe's post-war recovery, Cambridge University Press, 1995 (henceforth E (1995)).
• Barry Eichengreen: The European Economy since 1945, Princeton University Press, 2007 (henceforth E (2007)).
• Charles H. Feinstein, Peter Temin, Gianni Toniolo: The European Economy between the Wars, Oxford University Press 1997 (henceforth FTT).

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1. Apply economic principles to observed economic development across European economies

8.2. Evaluate the performance of European economies in light of their historical development

8.3. Understand the usefulness of economic analysis in addressing policy relevant issues.

8.4. Demonstrate an introductory knowledge and basic understanding of economic principles and methods and how they relate to economic behaviour.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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