Economics, Economic History and Historical Data

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


There has been no progress in the modest interest in economic history in the top five economics journals since the 1970s. This is despite an apparent newfound enthusiasm for the field among economists. This chapter explains this contradiction by highlighting the differences between research in economic history and economics that exploits historical data. In so doing, the author defines what, in his view, constitutes good economic history research.

JEL Classification

A11 A12 N01 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bates CollegeLewistonUSA

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