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Economic history employs multiple methods to study change over time.  It seeks to understand fundamental economic transformation such as the emergence and spread of "modern economic growth."  This global growth process involved both the rise of per capita income and many associated structural changes.  Economic historians examine the ultimate and proximate forces driving these changes as well as their long-run impacts.  The discipline also seeks to understand interruptions to the growth process, due for example to depressions, wars, environment crises, and disease outbreaks.  In addition, economic history develops the contextual knowledge necessary to appraise and critique the use of historical data within the broader economics discipline.  The economic historians in the department are an eclectic group whose interests span micro and macroeconomics in the nineteenth  and twentieth centuries.

Primary Appointment within the Economics Department



Primary Appointment outside the Economics Department

Department of Political Science

Ford School of Public Policy & Department of Economics (courtesy)

Stone Center for Inequality Dynamics

Ross School of Business

Recent Graduate Student Placement Locations

Vanderbilt University

University of Richmond

Korean Development Institute

Clark University

University of Victoria

Mount Holyoke

Corvinus University

Seminars, Reading Groups, Lunches, etc.

Economic History Workshop

Political Economy Workshop (Joint with Political Science)

Selected Recent Publications