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An Economist’s Guide to Economic History

  • Matthias Blum
  • Christopher L. Colvin
  • Introduces the field of economic history to economists

  • Calls academics into action to affect change in economics pedagogy and research

  • Enables readers to think more critically about the economic ideas that are used today

Book

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)

Table of contents

  1. Part II

    1. Richard H. Steckel
      Pages 153-158
    2. Rowena Gray
      Pages 159-165
    3. Michael Aldous
      Pages 167-174
    4. Alexander Donges
      Pages 175-183
    5. Andrew Seltzer
      Pages 185-192
    6. Jared Rubin
      Pages 193-200
    7. Christopher L. Colvin, Alexandra M. de Pleijt
      Pages 201-210
    8. Gerben Bakker
      Pages 211-222
    9. Christopher L. Colvin
      Pages 223-229
    10. Paul R. Sharp
      Pages 231-237
    11. Eoin McLaughlin
      Pages 239-248
  2. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Eva Rosenstock
      Pages 251-258
    3. Jari Eloranta
      Pages 259-266
    4. Matthias Blum
      Pages 267-276
    5. Peter Foldvari
      Pages 277-284
    6. Alexander Moradi
      Pages 285-292
    7. Tirthankar Roy
      Pages 293-299
    8. Stephen L. Morgan
      Pages 301-308
    9. Les Oxley
      Pages 309-317

About this book

Introduction

Without economic history, economics runs the risk of being too abstract or parochial, of failing to notice precedents, trends and cycles, of overlooking the long-run and thus misunderstanding ‘how we got here’. Recent financial and economic crises illustrate spectacularly how the economics profession has not learnt from its past.

This important and unique book addresses this problem by demonstrating the power of historical thinking in economic research. Concise chapters guide economics lecturers and their students through the field of economic history, demonstrating the use of historical thinking in economic research, and advising them on how they can actively engage with economic history in their teaching and learning.

Blum and Colvin bring together important voices in the field to show readers how they can use their existing economics training to explore different facets of economic history. Each chapter introduces a question or topic, historical context or research method and explores how they can be used in economics scholarship and pedagogy. In a century characterised to date by economic uncertainty, bubbles and crashes, An Economist’s Guide to Economic History is essential reading.

Matthias Blum and Christopher L. Colvin are economic historians based at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. Blum has research interests in measurement, health and wellbeing, and economic development in the long-run. Colvin works on historical banking crises, corporate governance and the economics of religion. Besides teaching and supervising students in economic history, they always make a point of incorporating historical thinking into the other field courses they teach, including econometrics, development economics, industrial organisation and managerial economics.

Keywords

Economic crises Economic policy Economic institutions and markets Global history, the Great Divergence Globalisation WW1, WW2 Casual inference Time series analysis Archival methods Economic history for economists American Economic History Economic Theory and Economic History The History of Economic Thought and Economic Policy Teaching Economics Econometric Identification Network analysis Asian Economic History European Economic History Latin American Economic History African Economic History

Editors and affiliations

  • Matthias Blum
    • 1
  • Christopher L. Colvin
    • 2
  1. 1.Queen’s University BelfastBelfastUK
  2. 2.Queen’s University BelfastBelfastUK

About the editors

Matthias Blum and Christopher L. Colvin are economic historians based at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. Blum has research interests in measurement, health and wellbeing, and economic development in the long-run. Colvin works on historical banking crises, corporate governance and the economics of religion. Besides teaching and supervising students in economic history, they always make a point of incorporating historical thinking into the other field courses they teach, including econometrics, development economics, industrial organisation and managerial economics.  

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