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Palgrave Studies in Economic History

An Economist’s Guide to Economic History

Editors: Blum, Matthias, Colvin, Christopher L. (Eds.)

  • 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  
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About this book

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.


For further information visit http://www.blumandcolvin.org


About the authors

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.  

Reviews

  
“Every economist who appreciates the importance of economic history should read this book as they will learn so much from the wealth of the material it covers. More importantly, all the other economists, those who do not yet know why economic history matters to them, should read it too. Whatever the subject – financial crises, innovation, trade wars, competition policy, and many others – understanding the historical perspective is essential to sound economic analysis and must be part of what students of economics are taught.” (Diane Coyle, Bennett Professor of Public Policy, University of Cambridge, UK)

“Economists have much to gain from studying economic history seriously. This excellent volume explains why, elaborates what this entails, and demonstrates the potential for synergies between economics and economic history. The result is a compelling manifesto.” (Nicholas Crafts, Professor of Economic History, University of Warwick, UK)

​“The list of contributors to this project is truly impressive, as is the breadth of the topics covered. The result is a terrific teaching resource that will give students a good sense of the many ways in which economic history can help economics come alive.” (Kevin H. O’Rourke, Chichele Professor of Economic History, University of Oxford, UK)

Table of contents (45 chapters)

  • Introduction, or Why We Started This Project

    Blum, Matthias (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • Economics Versus History

    Colvin, Christopher L. (et al.)

    Pages 13-20

  • Economics, Economic History and Historical Data

    Geloso, Vincent J.

    Pages 21-29

  • Economic Theory and Economic History

    Gilles, Robert P.

    Pages 31-39

  • Economic History and the Policymaker

    Leunig, Tim

    Pages 41-45

Buy this book

eBook $29.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-96568-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $39.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-96567-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
An Economist’s Guide to Economic History
Editors
  • Matthias Blum
  • Christopher L. Colvin
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Economic History
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-96568-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-96568-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-96567-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 479
Number of Illustrations
18 b/w illustrations
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