Economic History Research

Davis Kedrosky
Writings and research in economic history.
Created 12 Feb 2020
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  • The History of Economic History: Part I
    06 Dec 20211 day ago • 10 min read • 8 1
    In the beginning, there was nothing. Then, there was candlelight. Economic history was born alongside academic economics in the late nineteenth century, a small part of a broader process: the formatio...
  • Things in the Depths
    24 Nov 2021 • 10 min read • 6 1
    Geology is destiny. Thirty years on from Gavin Wright’s seminal paper on “The Origins of American Industrial Success” (1990), the inextricable link between resource abundance and industrialization in ...
  • The Book of T
    15 Nov 2021 • 10 min read • 5 0
    The most important part of historical research is the question. For one, your Python script won’t work if you can’t clearly describe your error as a Google search. But I’m really talking about curiosi...
  • A Study in Steam
    08 Nov 2021 • 8 min read • 7 1
    One awaits a macroinvention as the evangelical does a miracle. Truly original breakthroughs in technology are rare and random events, impossible to induce and difficult to inspire. To Joel Mokyr—the e...
  • Population and Progress
    01 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 8 3
    Economic historians are accustomed to looking at population growth as a negative—literally. Output per head is Y/L, so (taking logs) the growth rate of per capita income is roughly equal to output gro...
  • The First Population Bomb
    25 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 5 2
    First came the deluge. Though British gross domestic product rose swiftly during the late eighteenth century, it had nothing to do with higher living standards, as income per capita was stagnant for t...
  • The Great Coinage Debate
    18 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 5 0
    The early modern English had a perpetual problem: they were always out of money. From the medieval period until the nineteenth century, literate observers complained incessantly of a “scarcity of mone...
  • The Education Myth
    11 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 5 0
    For more than a century, historians have readily accepted that Britain’s post-1870 growth was slowed by a bad education system. It’s an easy target. Unlike the United States, the story runs, Britain d...
  • The Education Myth
    11 Oct 2021 • 7 min read
    For more than a century, historians have readily accepted that Britain’s post-1870 growth was slowed by a bad education system. It’s an easy target. Unlike the United States, the story runs, Britain d...
  • The Effluent Society
    04 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 2 1
    During the late nineteenth century, Britain quietly experienced a transformation almost as significant as the Industrial Revolution of a century before. As the Belle Epoque faded and the clouds of war...
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