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Week beginning 23 November

Wednesday 25 November



  • The Recruitment and Allocation of Bureaucratic Talent: Evidence from the Administration of the British Empire
  • Guo Xu - LSE, Economics
  • Room:  NAB 2.14
  • Time: 5-6.30pm


Thursday 26November

  • Alan Fernihough
  • “Less is More? The Child Quantity-Quality Trade-Off in Early 20th Century England and Wales”
  • CLM 2.05
  • Time: 5-7pm

"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 event is fully booked. We hope to make a recording available after the event takes place.


 The Epstein Lecture 2015

Jessica Goldberg

Title: "Re-considering risk and the ‘Maghribī traders’: Business organization and the economy in the eleventh-century Mediterranean "

Date and time: 6-7.30pm 26 February 2015

Venue: Old Theatre