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Department of Economic History

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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.

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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Joan R. Roses (Department of Economic History, LSE) and Dan Bogard (UC-Irvine) have been invited to take the post of editors of the European Review of European History.  

The EREH is a major outlet for research in Economic History. Articles cover the whole range of economic history - European, non-European, comparative and world economic history.  


Macroeconomics and Financial History (MACROHIST)

MACROHIST brings together some of the strongest European departments in history (Geneva, Oxford), economic history (Carlos III, LSE) and economics (Humboldt, Sciences Po, ULB). Its aim is to expose young macroeconomists to the most recent work in macroeconomic and financial history, and to expose young economic and financial historians to the most recent techniques in financial and macroeconomics.

MACROHIST also welcomes applicants for three research posts.

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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. 

The World in the Model: How Economists Work and Think

Professor Mary S. Morgan

CUP | ISBN:9780521176194

Professor Morgan's book examines how economics evolved into a model-based science by offering a 'tourist' guide to the major models that have made economics technocratic.


India in the World Economy: From Antiquity to the Present

Professor Tirthankar Roy

CUP | ISBN:9781107401471

The book sets trade and mercantile activity in the region within a global framework and assesses the importance of India's economy across 2,000 years from antiquity to the present.


The East India Company: The World's Most Powerful Corporation

Tirthankar Roy, Gurcharan Das


This new account of the East India Company examines some longstanding questions by taking a fresh look at the world of Indian business, telling the Company’s story from the perspective of Indian business history for the first time.