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Courses taught by HEDG

We offer a course in economic history at SDU in Odense, at the bachelor level, entitled “Economic History” (course description).

The aim of “Economic History” is to equip students with a basic understanding of the main topics in economic and business history, in particular through examples taken from the economic history of Europe. An understanding of history is increasingly being recognized as crucial for economists, for example through the lessons for developing countries today from past industrialization experiences, and from previous financial crises such as the Great Depression of the 1930s for today's challenges. Economic history describes how economies have developed over time, and how economic theory and methodology can help us understand and explain this. Business history teaches how firms have developed over time, and how ‘the firm’ has interacted with the evolution of economic, technological and political systems.

We also supervise bachelor and master’s theses for which we have prepared a catalogue of potential topics for students which is available on request. These topics give you the opportunity to work on a topic suggested by experienced researchers with the potential to make an impact on the field of economic history. Finally, we supervise a number of PhD students, whose projects you can find here.  

We are also running a PhD Course from the 15th - 26th August, 2022. More information is found below.

You can sign up by following this link.

Historical Perspectives on Current Economics Issues: Big Data and Applications

Course Topic

The course is designed to (i) introduce classical and modern Difference-in-Differences methods that are widely used in the evaluation of causal effects of policy interventions in economic history and other disciplines, and (ii) present the selection of themes from economic history that apply these methods. The idea is to provide understanding of the world economy and population today in connection to their historical roots and enable to understand how credible these connections are from the causal perspective. On the part of the methodology, students will get closer to the DiD research frontier and will exercise the usage of the methods with R/Stata (the code will be provided). The course will feature lectures from Pedro H. C. Sant'Anna (Vanderbilt University/Microsoft) who is one of the leading researchers in the field, and his 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 and economics. The course is open for PhD students in economics and related fields.

Course Procedure

The course is provided during the SDU International Summer School 2022 and consists of 2 weeks of classes (10 days), including preparations of a home assignment plus its presentation.

The course is in a hybrid format. Students choose either be in campus or online, and all lectures/lab sessions/presentations are streamlined. Living costs are at the student’s expense.



The leading guest instructor – Pedro H. C. Sant'Anna (PhD), Vanderbilt University (US)/Microsoft

Giovanni Mellace (PhD), University of Southern Denmark


Anthony Wray (PhD), University of Southern Denmark

Paul Sharp (Professor), University of Southern Denmark

Volha Lazuka (PhD), University of Southern Denmark


The exam will consist of preparing a critical review of the empirical article that uses the methods discussed in the course and communicating it to the instructor and other course participants in the form of the online presentation. Students may form a group with up to 2 members. They will be provided with the list of empirical articles to choose from. The student must submit the slides of the presentation and participate in all online classes for the course to be credited.


Upon completing all course activities (attendance of the entire course, preparing the presentation and presenting its results), participants will be awarded 5 ECTS credits and a course certificate.

Course Fees

Fees TBA


Last Updated 20.04.2022