Economic History: Institutions, Economic Growth and Equity
Course · 7.5 credits
The content of the course is delimited of both teaching and literature. Historical evidence suggests that the quality and efficiency of a country’s institutions, such as law enforcement, property rights, and civil rights, are significant elements of its economic and development performance. Furthermore, the extent of inequality in a society is highly related to the quality of institutions and thereby to the possibilities for economic growth. The latter is particularly relevant for the formation of public institutions for provision of social security, education and health care. This course studies such connections and interactions between institutions, modern economic growth, and equality. Problems in the world of today are taken as points of departure for a comparative historical analysis of countries and regions in different parts of the world. Four themes are focused. The first deals with differences between countries with regard to institutional arrangements for property rights and markets and analyses possible outcomes thereof. The second theme concerns institutional evolution; how and why institutions conducive to economic and social development may, or may not, develop. The third theme focuses on the relationship between the distribution of resources and institutional development, and the importance thereof for economic growth. The fourth theme investigates attempts towards institutional reform in the modern world, with a focus on developing and emerging economies.
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Department of Economic History
Scheelevägen 15B, Alfa 1, 223 63 Lund
Box 7080, 220 07 Lund
+46 46 222 74 75
tobias [dot] axelsson [at] ekh [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 74 85
hakan [dot] lobell [at] ekh [dot] lu [dot] se
Requirements and selection
Students accepted for the following master’s programmes are qualified for this course: EAETU Economic Growth, Population, and Development, EAEUT Economic Growth and Development, EAISD Innovation and Spatial Dynamics EAGCH International Economics with a Focus on China. Other students applying for this course should have at least 60 credit points in either economic history, economics, history, economic and social geography, sociology or the equivalent knowledge.
English language requirements
Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.
Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.
Start Spring Semester 2022
Day-time Lund, part time 50%
17 January 2022 - 22 March 2022
Can only be applied to within an educational programme.
How to apply
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Step 2: Submit documents
- Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
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- official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
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- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
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- Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.
* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below.
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Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 15 000
First payment: SEK 15 000
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EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.
Scholarships & funding
Lund University Global Scholarship programme
The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.
Country-specific scholarships and funding options
Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.
- Scholarships/funding for students from Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia, Russia and Chile, among other countries
- US student finance
- Canada student finance