Dr Tim Leunig

 Associate Professor in Economic History

  • The effects of new technology on productivity in Britain, 1800-2000
  • Links between learning-by-doing, labour turnover and labour productivity
  • Effects of industrial structure on the British cotton industry
  • The determinants of heights in Britain
  • The performance of railways in Britain, 1840-2009
  • Economic geography



  • Room: SAR 6.04 (Sardinia House) 
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7857  
  • Email: t.leunig@lse.ac.uk
  • CV (PDF)

Current teaching

  • Currently on leave 2015-6

Tim Leunig was awarded an LSE teaching prize in 2006 and in 2002. He was the first person at LSE to be awarded two teaching prizes.


 Selected publications

  • 'Social Savings' Journal of Economic Surveys, Forthcoming 2010
  • 'Cities, market integration and going to sea: stunting and the standard of living in early nineteenth century England and Wales' (with J Humphries) Economic History Review, Vol 62, Issue 2, pp. 458-478, May 2009
  • 'Was Dick Whittington taller than those he left behind? Anthropometric measures, migration and the quality of life in early nineteenth century London' (with J Humphries) Explorations in Economic History, Vol. 46, Issue 1, January 2009, pp 120-131.
  • 'Were British Railway Companies Well-Managed in the Early Twentieth Century?' (with N.F.R. Crafts and A. Mulatu) Economic History Review, November 2008, pp.842-66 and Corrigendum, Economic History Review 2010 forthcoming.
  • 'Spatial Patterns of Development and the British Housing Market' (with H.G. Overman) Oxford Review of Economic Policy Spring 2008
  • 'Time is Money: A Re-assessment of the Passenger Social Savings From Victorian British Railways', Journal of Economic History, 66, 3, 2006
  • 'A British Industrial Success: Productivity in the Lancashire and New England Cotton Spinning Industries a Century Ago', Economic History Review, Vol LVI, No. 1, Feb 2003, pp. 90-117.
  • 'Cotton Industry: Technological Change' in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History, Mokyr, J. (editor in chief), New York, 2003.
  • Piece rates and learning: understanding work and production in the New England textile industry a century agoEH Working Paper, 72/03, 2003.
  • 'Height and the High Life - What Future for a Tall Story?' (co-authored with Hans-Joachim Voth) in Economic Challenges of the 21st Century in Historical Perspective David, P. A., and Thomas, M. (eds) Routledge, 2004.
  • 'New Answers to Old Questions: Explaining the Slow Adoption of Ring Spinning in Lancashire, 1880-1913', Journal of Economic History, 61, 2, June 2001
  • 'Did smallpox reduce height? Stature and the standard of living in London, 1770-1873' (with Hans-Joachim Voth), Economic History Review, 1996. 

Working Papers  

Public Policy Papers

Newspaper articles