The course has several objectives. One, already alluded to, is to give students an opportunity to apply theories to which they’ve already been exposed in other classes, and especially in intermediate macroeconomics, so that they may gain a better understanding and appreciation of those theories. A second goal is to familiarize students with an episode that helped to shape many of today’s economic policies and institutions. The course will give students an opportunity to compare and to assess rival claims concerning the causes of the depression and the factors responsible for the economy’s eventual recovery.
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