Mark Twain once wrote that “history doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes”, and the study of economic history helps to provide perspective on the rhyming. Some things stay the same but other things change and history provides guidance on the difference between the two. The Economic History programme aims to promote the study of European and global economic history, making CEPR the focal point for cliometric research in Europe. It seeks to improve our statistical knowledge of the past, while using the lessons of history to illuminate current debates on macroeconomic policy, economic growth, globalization, and other pressing policy issues.

Key areas include:

  • macroeconomic and financial history
  • economic growth in the very long run (1000-2000)
  • institutions and economic outcomes
  • history of the international economy

Programme Directors

Rui Esteves

Professor of International Economics and International History Geneva Graduate Institute (IHEID)

Research Fellows

Daron Acemoglu

Institute Professor in the Department of Economics Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Philipp Ager

Professor in the Department of Economics University Of Mannheim

Martha J. Bailey

Affiliate at the California Center for Population Research and Economics Professor University Of California, Los Angeles

Jörg Baten

Professor of Economic History Eberhard-Karls-University Tüebingen

Sascha O. Becker

Professor and Xiaokai Yang Chair of Business and Economics Monash University; Part-time Professor of Economics University Of Warwick

Vincent Bignon

Adjunct Professor Aix Marseille School Of Economics; Advisor in the communication directorate Banque De France

Maristella Botticini

Professor of Economics Bocconi University, Department of Economics & IGIER; Vice President (Appointments) Centre for Economic Policy Research

Fellow, Economic History / CEPR Vice President

Julia Cage

Associate Professor in the Department of Economics Sciences Po Paris

Davide Cantoni

Ordinary Member, Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities; Professor of Economics and Economic History Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich (LMU)

David Chambers

Visiting Professor in the Economic History Department London School Of Economics And Political Science; Invesco Professor in Financial History, Co-Director of the Centre for Endowment Asset Management (CEAM), and Fellow of Clare College University Of Cambridge

Eric Chaney

Associate Professor of Economic History University Of Oxford

Gregory Clark

Visiting Professor in the Economic History Department London School Of Economics And Political Science; Visiting Professor Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus University of California, Davis; DNRF Professor University Of Southern Denmark

Neil Cummins

Professor of Economic History London School Of Economics And Political Science

Jeremiah Dittmar

Associate Professor of Economics London School Of Economics And Political Science

Barry Eichengreen

George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Political Science University Of California, Berkeley

Rui Esteves

Professor of International Economics and International History Geneva Graduate Institute (IHEID)

Marc Flandreau

Howard S. Marks Professor of Economic History University Of Pennsylvania

Mattia Fochesato

Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Political Science Bocconi University

Raphaël Franck

Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics Hebrew University Of Jerusalem

Ewout Frankema

Professor of Economic and Environmental History Wageningen University & Research

Kyoji Fukao

Professor and Research Director of the Center for Economic Institutions at the Institute of Economic Research Hitotsubashi University

Oded Galor

Herbert H. Goldberger Professor of Economics Brown University

Pauline Grosjean

Professor of Economics Fellow of the Econometric Society Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Richard Grossman

Visiting Scholar, Institute for Quantitative Social Science Harvard University; Andrews Professor of Economics Wesleyan University

Bishnupriya Gupta

Research director of the ESRC funded Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy and Professor of Economics University Of Warwick

David Jacks

J.Y. Pillay Professor of Social Sciences National University Of Singapore

Clemens Jobst

Scientific Consultant Austrian National Bank; Vice-head of Department and Professor for Economic and Social History University Of Vienna

Wolfgang Keller

Director of the McGuire Center for International Economics and Professor University Of Colorado Boulder

Alexander Klein

Deputy Head of School and Reader in Economics University of Kent, School of Economics

Marc Klemp

Visiting Scholar Brown University; Associate Professor University Of Copenhagen

Mark Koyama

Director of the PPE Programme and Associate Professor in Economics George Mason University

Markus Lampe

Professor of Economic and Social History and Head of the Institute for Economic and Social History Wu Vienna University Of Economics And Business

Debin Ma

Fellow of All Souls College and Professor of Economic History

Andrei Markevich

NES Endowed Chair Professor New Economic School; University Lecturer for the Faculty of Social Sciences University Of Helsinki

Kris Mitchener

Robert and Susan Finocchio Endowed Chair & Professor of Economics in the Leavey School of Business Santa Clara University

Omer Moav

Professor in the School of Economics Reichman University; Professor in the Department of Economics University Of Warwick

Petra Moser

Professor of Economics Stern School of Business, New York University (NYU)

Maurice Obstfeld

C. Fred Bergsten Senior Fellow Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE)

Kim Oosterlinck

Vice-Rector in charge of planning and finance and Full Professor at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management Université Libre De Bruxelles

Nuno Palma

Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics, and Director of The Arthur Lewis Lab for Comparative Development University Of Manchester

Sevket Pamuk

Professor of Economics and Economic History Bogazici University

James A. Robinson

Institute Director of The Pearson Institute and the Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor and University Professor University Of Chicago

Dani Rodrik

Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government Harvard University

Joan R. Rosés

Professor in Economic History London School Of Economics And Political Science

Eric Schneider

Professor, Department of Economic History London School Of Economics And Political Science

Moritz Schularick

President Kiel Institute For The World Economy; Professor of economics Sciences Po Paris; Director & Professor of Economics University Of Bonn

Paul Sharp

Professor of Economics at the Historical Economics and Development Group University Of Southern Denmark

Carol Shiue

Professor of Economics University Of Colorado Boulder

Nathan Sussman

Professor and Pictet Chair in Finance, Development and International Economics Geneva Graduate Institute (IHEID)

Martina Viarengo

Professor Associate Professor, Department of Economics Geneva Graduate Institute (IHEID)

David Vines

Professor of Economics and a Fellow of Balliol College University Of Oxford

Nico Voigtländer

Dean's Term Chair in Management and Professor of Economics at the Anderson School of Managment University Of California, Los Angeles

Tamás Vonyó

Associate Professor of Economic History in the Department of Social and Political Sciences Bocconi University

Hans-Joachim Voth

Scientific Director, UBS Center for Economics in Society; UBS Foundation Professor of Economics University Of Zurich

John Wallis

Mancur Olson Professor of Economics University Of Maryland

Jacob Weisdorf

Full Professor of Economic History Sapienza University Of Rome; Professor of Economic History University Of Southern Denmark

Nikolaus Wolf

Professor and Director of the Institute of Economic History Humboldt University Of Berlin

Noam Yuchtman

Professor of Managerial Economics and Strategy London School Of Economics And Political Science

Research Affiliates

Vellore Arthi

Faculty Affiliate, Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA); Faculty Research Fellow National Bureau Of Economic Research (NBER); Assistant Professor of Economics University Of California, Irvine

Thor Berger

Associate Professor in the Department of Economics Lund University; Pro Futura Scientia Fellow XVI at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study Uppsala University

Mattia Bertazzini

Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences University Of Nottingham

Jutta Bolt

Professor of Economics and Business University Of Groningen

Yao Chen

Assistant Professor Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Pim de Zwart

Associate Professor in Economic and Environmental History Wageningen University & Research

Alan Fernihough

Senior Lecturer in Economics at Queen's Management School Queen's University Belfast

Vasiliki Fouka

Associate Professor of Political Science and Center Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research Stanford University

Michela Giorcelli

Research Affiliate Cesifo; Research Affiliate National Bureau Of Economic Research (NBER); Associate Professor University Of California, Los Angeles

W. Walker Hanlon

Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Department of Economics Northwestern University

Leander Heldring

Assistant Professor in the Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University

Ruixue Jia

Associate Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, Co-Director of the China Data Lab University of California, San Diego

Katharina Knoll

Doctoral Candidate in Economics/Economic History Freie Universität Berlin

Giampaolo Lecce

Assistant Professor of Economic History in the Faculty of Economics and Business University Of Groningen

Jason Lennard

Assistant Professor London School Of Economics And Political Science

Anna Missiaia

Affiliated to the Department of Economic History Lund University; Senior Lecturer (Docent) in Economic History University of Gothenburg

Eric Monnet

Full Professor Paris School of Economics (PSE); Full Professor School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS)

Laura Ogliari

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics University Of Bergamo; Assistant professor, Department of Economics University Of Turin

Laura Panza

Associate Professor, Department of Economics University Of Melbourne

Kilian Rieder

Principal economist Austrian National Bank; Visiting assistant professor Northwestern University

Mohamed Saleh

Associate Professor of Economic History London School Of Economics And Political Science

Marco Tabellini

Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Business, Government, and International Economy Unit Harvard Business School