Dr Tamas Vonyo

Assistant Professor, Economic History

My research interests include the economic history of modern Germany and East Central Europe, the determinants of long-run growth, state capacity in fostering economic development, the economics of modern warfare, particularly World War II, and socialist industrialisation. I have been involved in collaborative research on comparative industrial development as member of the Groningen Growth and Development Centre. My most recent and forthcoming publications investigate the economic impact of World War II in post-war Germany, focussing on both geographical dislocation and structural disproportions. I am co-editor of a forthcoming collection of international research on the economic impact of the world wars. I am also preparing a monograph on the consequences of World War II for West German economic growth. My newest project seeks to determine the extent and the sources of relative economic decline in Eastern Europe under state socialism.

Current teaching

  • EH237 Theories and Evidence in Economic History
  • EH426/422 Quantitative Topics in Economic History I: Cross-section and Panel Data/Topics in Quantitative Economic History
  • EH401/414   Historical Analysis of Economic Change/Theories, Paths and Patterns of Late Development
  • EH483 The Development and Integration of the World Economy in the 19th and 20th Centuries



  • Kriegswirtschaft und ihre Folgen (co-edited with Jochen Streb), Jahrbuch für Wirschafts-geschichte, vol. 55, 2 (Berlin, 2014), forthcoming.
  • Modell Deutschland: The Development of the West German Economy from a Growth Theoretical and Economic Policy Perspective[in Hungarian] (Pécs, 2006).

Journal Articles

  • ‘The Wartime Origins of the Wirtschaftswunder: The Growth of West German Industry, 1938-1955’, Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte, vol. 55, 2 (2014), forthcoming.
  • ‘The Roots of Economic Failure: What Explains East Germany’s Falling Behind between 1945 and 1950?’ (with Albrecht Ritschl), European Review or Economic History, vol. 18, 2 (2014), pp. 166-184.
  • ‘The Bombing of Germany: The Economic Geography of War-Induced Dislocation in West German Industry’, European Review of Economic History, vol. 16, 1 (2012), pp. 97-118.
  • Socialist Industrialisation or Post-War Reconstruction: Understanding Hungarian Economic Growth, 1949-1967’, Journal of European Economic History, vol. 39, 2 (2010), pp. 253-300.
  • ‘Post-War Reconstruction and the Golden Age of Economic Growth’, European Review of Economic History, vol. 12, 2 (2008), pp. 221-241.