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"Too much maths, too little history: The problem of Economics" 
Tuesday 24th November, 7pm - 8.30pm,  (doors open 6.30pm)
Sheikh Zayed Theatre

Proposition Team: Lord Robert Skidelsky, Dr. Ha-Joon Chang
Opposition Team: Professor Jörn-Steffen Pischke, Professor Francesco Caselli
Chair: Professor James Foreman-Peck

The LSE Economic History Department is proud to host a debate that critically re-evaluates the relationship between Economics and Economic History.

As one of the few academic departments world-wide devoted wholly to the study of Economic History, we encourage our students and academics alike to constantly critically appraise the methodologies used to explain how our world works. Do we use the theoretical and econometric method to create models and distil the complexities of human nature to efficiently test hypotheses? Or do we use the historical and empirical process of considering all factors to provide a more holistic explanation?

This debate also offers an opportunity to explore the fact that Economics is an art as much as a science. Whilst Economics does heavily rely on the use of assumptions, simplifications and models to produce measurable results, it is far from static. Economics is also a craft about choosing the relevant models applicable to the circumstances. Indeed, history can play a critical role here.

This is an event for all students and staff from LSE, but prebooking is essential. Use this link to sign up for a place.


Please don’t turn up if you haven’t had your place confirmed.

Priority will be given to members of the LSESU Economic History and LSESU Economics societies. If you haven't already done so you can sign up to either societies here to ensure that your ticket will be prioritised: http://www.lsesu.com/join-in/societies/#societies-list We urge everyone to sign up early as there is limited capacity.

This event was initiated and developed by the LSESU Economic History and Economics Societies. 



Asian Trade and Monetary History in the Long 19th Century

This is a one-day workshop to discuss recent and ongoing quantitative research in the subject. Participants include Kaoru Sugihara (GRIPS, Tokyo), Debin Ma (LSE), and others.

The workshop takes place on  Monday 21 September 2015, 9.30-3.30pm, NAB 2.08.

Interwar Economic History Workshop

  • Venue: New Academic Building,  NAB2.06, London School of Economics,
  • Dates: 8-9 May 2015

A two day workshop on the economics of the interwar years, with a keynote addresses from Barry Eichengreen,(UC Berkeley), and Professor Albrecht Ritschl (Economic History Department, LSE)