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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

Jennie Stayner
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7857


MSc Programmes Manager
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


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.

The Economic History Department is advertising for an Assistant Professor in Economic History.  

Details of the job description and person specification are below.

Candidates should apply at www.jobs.lse.ac.uk.  The closing date for applications is 31st October 2016. 

Mary Morgan

Congratulations to Professor Mary Morgan has been appointed LSE's first Albert O. Hirschman Professorship.

LSE Director, Professor Craig Calhoun, said: “It is wonderful to be able to honour one of LSE’s most distinguished former members and one of its most distinguished current members at the same time. Mary Morgan’s work on the changing ways in which economists think and work and how these shape their understanding of the world is in the best tradition of Albert Hirschman’s path-breaking inquiries.”


Dr Christopher Kissane, currently based in the Economic HIstory Department, is one of ten winners of the New Generation Thinkers Scheme by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the BBC. In interview with Dr Kissane together with each of the other 10 New Generation Thinkers 2016 can be heard on BBC IPlayer Radio 3.

Golden bottle winners

Golden Bottle Trust EH204 Essay Prize 2016

Oliver Hinkin, second year Economic History student is the winner of the inaugural Golden Bottle Trust prize for the best essay on EH204 . Oliver's outstanding essay examines the emergence of a gold standard in the late 19th century. The two runners up are Nicolas Vecciolo and Kevin Steyer.  

Six others were also commended for their achievements on the course: John Gallop, Myles Pittam, Ashwinder Moti, Jeffrey Molgano, Leah Plachinski and Jaroslav Ton. 

Prizes were awarded at the awards reception by EH204 course convenor Professor Oliver Volckart. 


Bernardo Wjuniski has been invited to present his research at the Research Seminar in Economic History in the Economics Department of University of Mannheim this November.

He will present his paper ‘Guiding the Invisible Hand: Market Equilibrium and Multiple Exchange Rates in Brazil’ to research students working on FDI and capital controls in post-WWII Western Europe, led by Prof. Dr. Jochen Streb.

Great news! The complete University Guide has ranked LSE History 7th overall for job prospects. Read more here.

Strong performance by History at LSE in two Major World Rankings

The QS World University History Subject Table for 2016 has again ranked History at LSE 6th overall in the world. Rankings are based on work published by the Economic and International History departments, as well as from historians based across the School. LSE has performed very impressively in comparison with much larger history university departments across the country.

Meanwhile the Guardian's University Guide 2016 ranks History at LSE in 5th place ahead of Oxford, UCL and King's College London.

bottle crop

Announcing the EH204 Golden Bottle Trust Essay Prize 

The department is delighted to announce that the Golden Bottle Trust will sponsor the new EH204 essay prize from 2016-2021. 

EH204: Money and Finance from Medieval times to Modernity is the Department’s long run financial history course. The prize, instigated by the class teacher, Dr Judy Stephenson, will be awarded to the student with the best essay from his or her coursework throughout the academic year.  


LSE Economic History Society Review 2014-5

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.


Economic History Working Papers

You can read the latest Working Papers or consult our archive going back to 1998.


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

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

Lewis -ArgRlys

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.