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

Head of Department
Professor Max Schulze


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


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


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


Undergraduate Admissions Enquiries
+44 (0)20 7955 7125



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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.

PhD studentYasin Arslantas has been awarded the Accessit Best Project at the 14th session of the  European School on New Institutional Economics. The award was  for his PhD project entitled "Political Economy of Confiscation: A Micro-structural Analysis of Ottoman Practice of Wealth Seizure, 1770-1839". It looks at self-enforcing mechanisms leading to constrained predation.  

Yasin says of his project and the award: "When I decided to study this "peculiar" Ottoman institution two years ago, I did not know much about its broader implications in the field of economic history. In my first year in the department, I was introduced to New Institutional Economic History that produced a significant body of literature on credible commitment and property rights abuses. It is now good to see that my interaction with this literature yielded to an award in one of the most important events of New Institutional Economics."


Economic History students win at LSE Research Festival

Congratulations to PhD student Joseph Lane and undergraduate Orian Mahlow who were both awarded prizes in the poster categoryat the LSE Research Festival, 21 May. 

Joseph Lane won highly commended for his poster ‘Networks and knowledge: a potted history’ (detail shown on the left)

Orian Mahlow was awarded the ‘best in show’ prize in the poster category out of 28 entrants. The poster was titled ‘Foreign labour in West Germany: skill premiums in the German auto industry – convergence big time?’ 


Gerardo Serra and Pete Sims were awarded their doctorates this month - congratulations to both!

Congratulations are also due to Ulas Karakoc, Steve Ivings, Teerapa Pirohakul, Anna Missiaia, and Paul Caruana Galizia, who have also been awarded their doctorates this year. 


British Economic Growth 1270-1870

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

This definitive new account of Britain's economic evolution from medieval backwater to global economy, based on a reconstruction of national output right back into the thirteenth century. 

To mark the launch on 15 May 2015, CAGE and University of Exeter organised a seminar at the British Academy with speakers including Mark Overton, Gunnar Persson and Knick Harley and chaired by Professors Jane Humphries and Nick Crafts.


LSE Teaching Awards  2015

At this year's ceremony on May 5 awards for Economic History went to Dr Olivier Accominotti (Major Review with Promotion to Associate Professor) and Dr Patrick Wallis (Promotion to Professor). Flora Macher and Brian Varian received Class Teacher Awards. Congratulations to all our winners! 


Economic History of the Interwar Period

May 8-9, NAB 2.06, LSE

The keynote speakers at this event were Professor Barry Eichengreen (UC Berkeley) and Prof Albrecht Ritschl (LSE) . Everybody is welcome to attend. This event was been organised by Economic History PhD students with the support of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).


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 U


Economic Outcomes Flowing from the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (1793-1815)

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.


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.