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Department of Economic History

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


We are located in Sardinia House 


Head of Department
Professor Albrecht Ritschl

Departmental Manager

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


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


Undergraduate Administrator
Helena Ivins
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7860


Undergraduate Admissions Enquiries
+44 (0)20 7955 7125


PhD Administrator
Loraine Long
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7046


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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.

Dr Debin Ma has contributed to a forthcoming documentary BBC2 series 'The Story of China' beginning on January 21 2016. 

Dr Ma was interviewed by series presenter, historian Michael Wood as part of the  6-part, landmark series on the history and culture of  China, from its beginnings to the present day. Dr Ma will feature in the 5th and 6th parts of the series. 


Representation without taxation, taxation without consent

Colombia's El Espectador featured an article by Salomón Kalmanovitz on Alejandra Irigoin's Working Paper Representation without taxation, taxation without consent; The legacy of Spanish colonialism in America.


The STICERD Review 2015 features an article from Professor Janet Hunter on the economic aftermath of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. You can read the review, with the article and more, here:

Working Class Family

Children’s Growth During a Long-run Health Transition: Britain in International Perspective, 1850-1995

The project website for  Dr Eric Schneider's three-year ESRC-funded has been relaunched. The new site is available here:

The project reconstructs the growth pattern of British children between 1850 and 1990 to determine how improvements in nutrition, sanitation and medical knowledge influenced children's growth during this period.


'If You're So Smart: John Maynard Keynes and Currency Speculation in the Interwar Years', a research paper by the Economic History department's Olivier Accominotti and David Chambers (University of Cambridge) garnered attention from The TimesGuardian, Bloomberg  and New York Times.  The paper focuses on Keynes's brush with bankruptcy after betting on currency markets. Click on the press links, or read the original research paper here:


Dr Kent Deng talks on Chinese long term growth and more in this video interview at the XVIIth World Economic History Congress held in Kyoto, August 2015.


Congratulations to departmental students recently awarded their PhDs. In January 2016 Kazuo Kobayashi has passed his viva. In December 2015, Esther Sahle and Judy Stephenson passed theirs, as did Nuno Palma in November. We wish our PhDs all the best in their academic careers. 

National Student Survey Results 2015

The Economic History department has performed very well in the 2015 National Student Survey. Overall student satisfaction was rated at 100%, making us the LSE’s highest rated department in this category. 95% of our students rated satisfaction with teaching. Satisfaction with Academic Support and Feedback and Assessment were rated 87% and 85% respectively. 

We are particularly pleased that our scores in all but one of the categories showed an upward trend on last year’s, and extend our thanks to all faculty, teachers and support staff who have contributed to this excellent result.  


LSE Economic History Society Review 2014-5

We are pleased to announce the publication of the LSE Economic History Review 2014-5, a journal created by the LSESU Economic History Society. This student-initiated publication is edited by Shem Ng and Jay Pan, with the support of Professor Max Schulze and Dr Chris Minns.



REF 2014

The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) were announced on Wednesday 18 December 2014. 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

Economic History BSc programmes

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

Economic History Master's Programmes

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

Doctoral Research at the Department of Economic History

As one of the largest Economic History departments in the world we offer unusually broad teaching and research expertise to our doctoral students. We invite applications from those wishing to carry out research within the wide spectrum of economic history.


Latin America, Economic Imperialism and the State: the political economy of the external connection since Independence

Colin Lewis (with C. Abel, eds.), London 2015 

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British Railways in Argentina, 1857-1914: a case study of foreign investment

Colin Lewis, London 2015.


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.