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The decline of northern England' - Voxeu podcast featuring Dr Neil Cummins, Dept of Economic HIstory, LSE

Neil talks to Tim Phillips about how the lag between the north of England and Wales and the south in output per person, educational attainment, and even life expectancy can be explained entirely by a 200-year 'Big Sort - the migration south of talented people, replaced by less-able southerners who move north.


Dr Natacha Postel-Vinay features on LSE IQ Podcast  'Are cryptocurrencies the future of money.'

6 June 2018

This episode of the LSE IQ podcast examines whether cryptocurrencies are the future of money, a speculative bubble that will burst, or something else. Dr Postel-Vinay, who research expertise includes monetary and banking phenomena in times of financial crisis and downturn, discusses how the bitcoin bubble compares to bubbles in the past.

You can read more about the podcast and download it from the LSE's webpage. [URL]


'Working in the Past '

Half day workshop hosted by the Economic History Department, London School of Economics, Thursday 28th June

One of the biggest remaining blank spaces in economic history is the amount and intensity of work in the early modern period. How much did people work in a year? How did these patterns differ between members of a household? How did this change over time, and how can all of these questions help inform our standard of living estimates? 

This workshop brings together cutting edge work, including in-depth analyses of individual markets and some of the first quantitative attempts to measure the working year, in an effort to address these questions and to deepen our understanding of life and living in the past. Speakers include Ben Schneider (Oxford), Kathryn Gary (Lund) and Jordan Claridge and Patrick Wallis from our own department. 

For further information, please contact  Cristina Victoria Radu (

Workshop programme

  • Venue: Parish Hall, 2.03 (LSE)
  • Date and time: Thursday 28th June 2018 12-6.30pm

Workshop Programme

12:00 – 13:00 - Registration, welcome and lunch

13:00 – 13:40 Jacob Weisdorf (University of Southern Denmark)

Unreal Wages? Real income and economic growth in England, 1260‐1850

13:40 – 14:20 Ben Schneider (University of Oxford)

Sources and Evidence for 18th Century Work Patterns in English Spinning and Road Building

14:20 – 14:50 Coffee break

14:50 – 15:30 Beatrice Moring (University of Helsinki)

Seasonality, Employment and Family Survival in 18th Century Working Class Stockholm

15:30 – 16:10 Kathryn Gary (Lund University)

The distinct seasonality of early modern casual labor and the short durations of individual working years: Sweden 1500‐1800

16:10 – 16:40 Coffee break

16:40 – 17:20 Patrick Wallis (London School of Economics)

Seasonality and work intensity in early modern England

17:20 – 17:50 Judy Stephenson (University of Oxford)

Casual labour and internal labour markets at St Paul’s Cathedral 1675 to 1712

17:50 – 18:30 Jordan Claridge (London School of Economics)

Calculating the Working Year in Medieval English Agriculture 19:00 Dinner

Convenors: Kathryn Gary (Lund University), Cristina Victoria Radu (University of Southern Denmark)


A Business History of India: Enterprise and the Emergence of Capitalism from 1700

In recent decades, private investment has led to an economic resurgence in India. But this is not the first time the region has witnessed impressive business growth. There have been many similar stories over the past 300 years. Through detailed case studies of firms, entrepreneurs, and business commodities, this book bridges the approaches of business and economic history, illustrating the development of a distinctive regional capitalism.

For more details of Professor Roy's book follow this link to the publisher's page.[URL]

Professor Roy's book will be launched on Thursday, 31 May at an event hosted by LSE South Asia Centre. Full details of the event can be found here via this link. [URL]


Winners of 2018 EH204 Golden Bottle Awards

Congratulations to this year's winners for the best essay written by a student on the course EH204: From the Middle Ages to Modernity:

Winner: Ana Struillou for her essay on the topic ‘England and France in the 100-years war’.

Runners up: Hieu Phan and Giovanni Rosso, who both wrote on ‘Public authorities and banks/stock exchanges’.

winners photo

The prize winners received congratulations from EH204 course convenor Professor Oliver Volckart and class teachers Thea Don-Siemion and Ivan Luzardo Lima at a small ceremony on 25 May.

The prize is sponsored by Hoare's Bank. 

Posters in Parliament (20 February 2018)

Economic History student Mayowa Igbalajobi was one of the two LSE students selected to represent the School at this year's Posters in Parliament competition. This year work was displayed at Portcullis House.

Each participating UK university nominates up to two participants to exhibit their undergraduate research in the exhibition.The work displayed on the poster must be conducted in the final year of an undergraduate programme, either from current final-year students or recent (2017) graduates.

Read more about the event here[URL]

mayowa igbalajobi poster


LSE Festival 2018 - Research Abstract Competition (19-25 February 2018)

Congratulations to the Economic History students whose research abstracts were selected for the festival research competition shortlist last week. The photo features all the winning abstracts, as well as undergraduate student Ieuan Bennett (top right) who was able to attend the prize giving ceremony on Wednesday 21 February.

Particular congratulations go to General Course undergraduate student Carlos Mesa-Baron who was highly commended for his abstract 'Promoting Long Term Saving in a Poor Household can Lead to Greater Social Mobility.'

Read the complete list of prize winners and photo-gallery  here [URL]


Alumni Networking Evening (20 February 2018)

Thanks to all the Economic History alumni who came to our careers networking event and shared their experiences and insights on work and careers after LSE with our current students.

Our alumni work across a wide range of careers sectors, including financial and management consulting, banking, digital communications, marketing, government and academia. It’s amazing where a degree in Economic History can take you!

 Alumni networking event

EH306 Visit to the Bank of England Archive (January 2018)


Dr Olivier Accominotti organised a visit for his EH306 students to the Bank of England Archives as part of their studies on world monetary and financial history since 1750. As one of the world’s key financial institutions, the Bank of England’s archives are a treasure trove of documents recording key moments in the economic history of the UK. 

The visit was hosted by archivist Margherita Orlando who had selected a range of documents for students to view, including a ledger on the foundation of the Bank of England itself showing William and Mary as the first shareholders and minutes of a meeting of Directors discussing the South Sea Bubble of 1720. She also presented Bank of England Governor Montagu Norman’s personal diary during the Sterling Crisis of 1931 when the UK left the Gold Standard. This gave students an opportunity to see how major historical events covered in their course at the LSE left a trace in archival documents. 

The visit included a presentation by Senior Economist Ryland Thomas and Archive Manager Mike Anson of their own research project on the Bank of England as a Lender of Last Resort during the nineteenth century. 

Students were also invited to attend one of the Bank of England’s regular research seminars during which Dr. Clemens Jobst (Austrian National Bank) presented a paper on the Austro-Hungarian Bank’s policy during the financial crisis of 1912.


The Research Journey of an Economic Historian (15 November 2017

Five faculty members and PhDs talked about their life in research from idea to publication. Presenters included Professors Patrick Wallis and Joan Roses who discussed the social and geographical factors shaping their research interests. Dr Eric Schneider discussed the inter-disciplinary nature of his research on child growth in Britain and Japan, and Rebecca Simson and Thilo Albers discussed the particular challenges of their PhD research projects. It was a rare opportunity to set the research of teachers and PhDs work within a personal as well as an academic context.

The aim of the event was to engage with and inspire undergraduate and masters Economic History students to consider a career in research, while giving a realistic picture of the practicalities and career possibilities.

For those students interested in discussing further study at LSE or beyond, we strongly encourage you to talk to your academic adviser, who can also signpost you to further sources of information.