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

Researchers

Guido Alfani

Professor of Economic History Universita' Luigi Bocconi

Robert Allen

Professor of Economic History Department of Economics, University of Oxford

Leticia Arroyo Abad

Research Fellow Centre for Economic Policy Research; Associate Professor of Economics City University of New York

Martha J. Bailey

Professor, Department of Economics University of California, Los Angeles

Sascha O. Becker

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

Jeanet Bentzen

Associate Professor, Department of Economics University of Copenhagen

Julia Cagé

Associate Professor of Economics Professor Sciences-Po Paris - University

Davide Cantoni

Professor of Economic History Bibliothek Wirtscharftswiseneschaften - University of Munich

David Chambers

University Lecturer in Finance at Judge Business School University Of Cambridge

Eric Chaney

Associate Professor of Economic History Department of Economics, University of Oxford

Neil Cummins

Associate Professor of Economic History London School of Economics and Political Sciences

Jeremiah Dittmar

Professor of Economics London School of Economics and Political Sciences

Rui Esteves

Professor Geneva Graduate Institute; Professor, International Economics and History Geneva Graduate Institute

Raphael Franck

Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Senior Lecturer

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

Fellow Research Associate Centre for Economic Policy Research; Professor, School of Economics University Of New South Wales; Professor of Economics

Mark Harrison

Emeritus Professor of Economics University of Warwick; Emeritus Professor University Of Warwick

David Jacks

J.Y. Pillay Professor of Social Sciences National University Of Singapore; J.Y. Pillay Professor of Social Sciences Yale-NUS College

Clemens Jobst

Professor of Economic and Social History Department of Economics, University of Bergen

Wolfgang Keller

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

Alex Klein

Senior Lecturer in Economics University of Kent, School of Economics

Mark Koyama

Associate Professor in Economics George Mason University

Markus Lampe

Professor of Economic and Social History and Head, Institute for Economic and Social History Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU)

Debin Ma

Professor, Institute of Economic Research Hitotsubashi University; Associate Professor, Economic History Department London School of Economics and Political Sciences

Omer Moav

Professor of Economics Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya; Professor Professor University Of Warwick

Petra Moser

Professor of Economics Associate Professor of Economics Stern School of Business

Maurice Obstfeld

Class of 1958 Professor of Economics University Of California, Berkeley

Sheilagh Ogilvie

Chichele Professor of Economic History Professor of Economic History University Of Cambridge

Kim Oosterlinck

Professor of Finance at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management ECARES, ULB

Nuno Palma

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), Department of Economics and Research Affiliate, CEPR The University Of Manchester

Sevket Pamuk

Professor of Economics and Economic History Boğaziçi University

Leandro Prados de la Escosura

Research Fellow Centre for Economic Policy Research; Professor of Economics Universidad Carlos III (Madrid, Spain); Emeritus Professor Universidad Carlos III de Madrid; Research Associate, CAGE University Of Warwick

Dani Rodrik

Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy Harvard University

Paul Sharp

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

Carol Shiue

Associate Professor of Economics University of Colorado Boulder

Nathan Sussman

Professor of Economics Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Gianni Toniolo

Research Professor of Economics and History Emeritus Duke University; Senior Fellow Professor LUISS university

Martina Viarengo

Professor Associate Professor, Department of Economics Geneva Graduate Institute

Nico Voigtländer

Associate Professor of Economics University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management

Tamás Vonyó

Associate Professor of Economic History Universita' Luigi Bocconi

John Wallis

Professor in the Department of Economics Mancur Olson Professor of Economics

Jacob Weisdorf

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

Research affiliates

Philipp Ager

Research Affiliate Centre for Economic Policy Research; Professor of economics University of Mannheim

Vellore Arthi

Faculty Affiliate Faculty Research Fellow National Bureau of Economic Research; Assistant Professor of Economics University of California, Irvine

Alan de Bromhead

Assistant Director of Queen's University Centre for Economic History Queen's University; Senior Lecturer Queen's University Belfast

Pim de Zwart

Assistant Professor in Economic and Environmental History Wageningen University

Alan Fernihough

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

Ewout Frankema

Professor of Rural and Environmental History Wageningen University & Research

Ruixue Jia

Visiting Senior Fellow London School of Economics and Political Sciences; Associate Professor University of California, San Diego; Associate Professor University of California, San Diego

Marc Klemp

Visiting Assistant Professor, Brown University; Assistant professor University of Copenhagen

Katharina Knoll

Doctoral Candidate in Economics/Economic History Freie Universität Berlin

Laura Ogliari

Assistant professor, Department of Economics University of Torino

Laura Panza

Associate Professor, Department of Economics University of Melbourne

Christoph Trebesch

Professor of Economics Kiel Institute for World Economics; Professor of Economics Kiel University