Dr Neil Cummins

 Assistant Professor, Economic History

 Over the course of the past half millennium social, cultural, economic and demographic revolutions have changed the human experience beyond ''Nasty, brutish and short''. The factors behind these monumental changes are still mysterious, particularly at the micro-economic level. My research aims to generate answers for many of the burning questions regarding the origin of the Modern World.

I work at the intersection of ‘big data’ and economic history. Most of my research projects involve exploiting recently digitized historical genealogical data to answer questions about the origin of modern economic and demographic behaviour. Recently, I have examined fertility decline in France and England, plague mortality in 17th century London and social mobility over the long run.

All of my research papers are freely available on my website, neilcummins.com|

  • Office: SAR 5.13 (Sardinia House)
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6688 
  • Email: n.j.cummins@lse.ac.uk
  • Personal website: neilcummins.com  
  • CV

Current teaching

  • EH238 The Industrial Revolution



  • Inequality and social mobility in the Era of the Industrial Revolution", with Greg Clark, in Roderick Floud, Jane Humphries and Paul Johnson (eds.), Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain (forthcoming 2014)
  • Marital Fertility and Wealth during the Fertility Transition: Rural France, 1750-1850." Economic History Review (2012)
  • Why Did Fertility Decline? An Analysis of the Individual Level Economic Correlates of the Nineteenth Century Fertility Transition in England and France." (Dissertation Summary), Journal of Economic History, vol. 71(2), 2011
  • Urbanization, Mortality, and Fertility in Malthusian England.", with Greg Clark, American Eco-nomic Review, vol. 99(2), pages 242-47, 2009
  • Population and Living Standards, 1945-2000." with Dudley Baines and Max-Stephan Schulze, in Steven Broadberry and Kevin O'Rourke (eds.), The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Europe, Vol. II, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2010