DGPE PhD course: Historical Perspectives on Current Economics Issues: Big Data and Applications

17-28 August 2020. Lecturers: Robert A. Margo, Philipp Ager, Paul Sharp and Christian Møller Dahl

2020.03.27 | Susanne Christensen

Date Mon 17 Aug Fri 28 Aug
Time 11:00    17:00
Location University of Southern Denmark


The course is designed to introduce a selection of themes from economic history with a focus on understanding how history impacts on current economic outcomes and debates. The idea is thus not simply to gain an understanding of economic history for its own sake, but most importantly a realization that it is not possible to have a full understanding of the world economy today without knowing how we got there. For example, only history can teach us why economic disparities across and within countries persist. Also certain questions such as how mobile a society is across generations or how fast immigrants assimilate over time can only be answered using “big data” (for example complete individual-level census records).

The course will feature lectures from a leading guest professor, and their lectures will constitute the main theme of the summer school. Additional lectures will be given by local faculty, and will explore other themes in economic history as well as methods for analyzing big data such as machine learning. More information will be available under “Teaching” on www.sdu.dk/en/hedg.

ECTS points and course evaluation

Attendance in all classes is compulsory. There will be a take home exam after the last class: it will consist of a number of questions relating to the materials and methods discussed over the two weeks.

From the last Friday of the course at 4pm until the following Monday at 4pm.

Upon completing all course activities (attendance of the entire course + participation in course activities + submission of the project), participants will be awarded 7.5 ECTS credits and a course certificate.

> course website


Main instructors: Professor Robert A. Margo (Boston University and NBER), Associate Professor Philipp Ager (University of Southern Denmark and CEPR), Professor Paul Sharp (University of Southern Denmark and CEPR), and Professor Christian Møller Dahl (University of Southern Denmark).


Students who would like to participate in the course should register through the link found on University of Southern Denmark's website: https://www.tilmeld.dk/hedgsummerschool2020

Course fee

The course is free of charge for:

1. DGPE members from AU, KU, CBS and SDU.

2. PhD students from Economics Departments at Nordic universities outside Denmark.

The course fee is EUR250 for other participants.


Philipp Ager, University of Southern Denmark and CEPR, phag@sam.sdu.dk

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