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  • Murat Iyigun is the Stanford Calderwood Chair in Economics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His main research interests lie in the areas of the economics of the family, development economics, political economy and cliometrics. Murat Iyigun received his Ph.D. in economics from Brown University in 1995. Prior to joining the University of Colorado in August 2000, he was a staff economist at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC, USA. His research has been published in a variety of outlets including Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies and International Economic Review. His general interest book, War, Peace and Prosperity in the Name of God was published by The University of Chicago Press in 2015.


  • Economic history, family economics, applied theory, economic development


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courses taught

  • ECON 2020 - Principles of Macroeconomics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Provides an overview of the economy, examining the flows of resources and outputs and the factors determining the levels of income and prices. Explores policy problems of inflation, unemployment and economic growth.
  • ECON 4774 - Topics in Economic Development, History and Political Economy
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Spring 2020
    Sustained economic growth is a relatively recent economic phenomenon that came about due to the Industrial Revolution and as a result of which the standards of living improved dramatically in the Anglo-Saxon West since the 18th century. However, global inequality has also risen to unprecedented levels because other parts of the world still significantly lag the West in economic, social and political terms. In this class, we shall study the comparative development paths of Anglo-Saxon Europe and the Middle East. In doing so, we shall primarily focus on an expansive list of influential and relevant articles published and the four books required for the class.


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