Professor Mary Morgan

Professor Mary Morgan

Albert O. Hirschman Professor of History and Philosophy of Economics

Department of Economic History

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SAR 6.09
Office Hours
Wednesday 14:00-15:00. In person or via Zoom. Email to book.
Key Expertise
Economics and statistics, philosophy and history of econometrics

About me

Professor Morgan's research interests include: history, philosophy and sociology of economics and statistics, models, measurements, experiments, observations and facts in history and philosophy of science. Her current work is on case studies and narratives and ‘performativity’: the ways in which economic ideas and technologies reshape economies in the world.

Current and Recent Research Projects

  • ‘Narratives in Science’ a special issue of Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science in 2017; and European Research Council Advanced Investigator Grant (2016-21) 
  • British Academy Wolfson Research Professorship project: Re-Thinking Case Studies Across the Social Sciences 
  • Leverhulme Trust / ESRC project: "How Well Do Facts Travel?" (a group project of the Department of Economic History)
  • Observation in Science: joint work with the University of Amsterdam's History and Philosophy of Economics Research Group and the Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin. 


EH429 History of Economics: Ideas, Policy and Performativity

View Professor Morgan's CV here [PDF]


Expertise Details

Economics and statistics; philosophy and history of econometrics

Selected publications

See CV for full listing, and Research Gate for further access

Recent Books 

  • The World in the Model. (CUP, 2012) Chapter 1: "Modelling as a Method of Enquiry" 
  • How Well Do Facts Travel?  (CUP, 2011) edited with W. Peter Howlett.  Chapter 1:  “Travelling Facts” 

Recent Papers/Chapters 

  • “Glass Ceilings and Sticky Floors: Drawing New Ontologies” (Forthcoming 2016) in Cultures Without Culturalism in the Making of Scientific Knowledge ed K. Chemla and E. Fox Keller (Duke University Press) [Department of Economic History, Working Paper No 228, Dec 2015] (Link to LSE Working Paper here)
  • What if? Models, Fact and Fiction in Economics (2014) Keynes Lecture Read October 2013, posted December 2014. Journal of the British Academy, 2, 231-68.
  • Re-Situating Knowledge: Generic Strategies and Case Studies (2014) Philosophy of Science, 80, 1012-24. 
  • Nature’s Experiments and Natural Experiments in the Social Sciences (2013) Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 43:3, 341-57.  
  • Case Studies: One Observation or Many? Justification or Discovery? (2012) Philosophy of Science, 79:5, 667-77. 
  • “Models and Modelling in Economics” (2012, SSRN 2009]) With Tarja Knuuttila in U. Mäki (ed) Handbook of the Philosophy of Economics (a volume of Handbook of the Philosophy of Science, general editors: Dov Gabbay, Paul Thargard and John Woods), pp 49-86.
  • Seeking Parts, Looking for Wholes (2011) Histories of Scientific Observation, edited L. J. Daston and E. Lunbeck, University of Chicago Press pp 303-325.  
  • Business Models as Models (2010) with Charles Baden-Fuller, Long Range Planning, 43.2, 156-71.  
  • ‘Voice’ and the Facts and Observations of Experience (2010) In  W.J. Gonzales (ed)  New Methodological Perspectives on Observation and Experiment (pp 51-69). A Coruña: Netbiblio. (Previously, Working Paper No 31, How Well Do Facts Travel?, Department of Economic History, LSE).  
  • 'On a Mission' with Mutable Mobiles 2008, Working Paper 34, The Nature of Evidence: How Well Do 'Facts' Travel? Department of Economic History, LSE
  • Models (2008) in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd edition, eds: S.N. Durlauf and L.E. Blume (Palgrave Macmillan), online. 
  • “An Analytical History of Measuring Practices: The Case of Velocities of Money” (2007) in Measurement in Economics: A Handbook, ed M. Boumans (Elsevier), pp 105-132. [Earlier version online: “Measuring Instruments in Economics and the Velocity of Money”,  Working Paper 13, How Well Do Facts Travel?, Department of Economic History, LSE.]  

My research