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Economic History Department
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street



Postgraduate enquiries

Tracy Keefe
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7860




Undergraduate Administrator


Helena Ivins
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7110



Undergraduate Admissions
+44 (0)20 7955 7125




Departmental Manager

Linda Sampson
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7084



A version of Matteo Ricci's world map, created in China in 1602.

The Department of Economic History is home to a huge breadth and depth of knowledge and expertise ranging from the medieval period to the current century and covering every major world economy. It is one of the largest specialist departments in the country, with 25 full- and part-time time teachers, as well as visiting academics and researchers.

Epstein Lecture 2015

We are pleased to announce this year's Epstein Lecture, which this year will be given by Jessica Goldberg, Associate Professor in the Department of History, UCLA. Professor Goldberg studies the medieval history of the Mediterranean basin, Christian Europe, and the Islamic world, specializing in economic and legal institutions and culture. 

The lecture is free and open to all at LSE and the general public, no booking required.

For more information contact Linda Sampson l.sampson@lse.ac.uk|

  • Lecturer: Jessica Goldberg, UCLA
  • "Re-considering risk and the ‘Maghribī traders’: Business organization and the economy in the eleventh-century Mediterranean "
  • Venue: Old Theatre, LSE
  • Date and time: Thursday 26 Feb, 6-7.30pm

REF 2014

The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) were announced on Wednesday 18 December. Taking into account the proportion of its eligible staff submitted for assessment, LSE History (Economic History and International History) was ranked sixth out of 83 submissions to the REF History panel for the percentage of its research outputs rated 'world leading '(4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*) and ninth for its submission as a whole. On the basis of the combination of quality of publications and number of staff submitted, a measure of research power, LSE History ranks 4th in the UK


Nuno Palma has won the first prize in the Charles Street Symposium 2014, of the Legatum Institute. The theme for 2014 was: "Why Do Societies Prosper?". 

The Charles Street Symposium is an annual forum for the world’s leading young researchers. Its aim is to bring together the best and brightest thinkers to address issues of relevance to public policy that are inadequately addressed and understood in existing research. The judges were Victoria Bateman (University of Cambridge), Tim Besley (LSE), and Emma Duncan (Deputy Editor, The Economist).

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Economic Outcomes Flowing from the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (1973-1815)

Thanks to generous funding from the Leverhulme Trust and support from LSE a network of European economic historians led by Patrick O'Brien has been formed to research and expose contrasts in the economic outcomes and potential for long term development for several major European economies flowing from the Napoleonic wars.

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For a  comprehensive guide to our Master's programmes, including course information and how to apply, click on the link below. 


Undergraduates and postgraduates tell us about their experience of studying Economic History.


Are you interested in studying Economic History? For a  comprehensive guide to our undergraduate programmes, including course information and how to apply, click on the link below. 

British Economic Growth, 1270–1870

Authors: Stephen Broadberry, Bruce Campbell, Alexander Klein, Mark Overton, Bas van Leeuwen

A definitive new account of Britain's economic evolution from medieval backwater to global economy. The authors reconstruct Britain's national accounts for the first time right back into the thirteenth century showing what really happened quantitatively from the middle ages up until the Industrial Revolution.