Knowles Review of Economic History

Showcasing Excellence in Student Research

Many congratulations to the editorial team, under the leadership of Editor-in-Chief, Daan de Jonge, for their production of the Knowles Review of Economic History. Named to honour Lilian Knowles, former Professor in the Department of Economic History, the Review showcases the academic work and research strengths of LSE students, demonstrating their passion for economic history and providing a forum for scholarly discourse.

Economic history is interdisciplinary, covering all time periods and geographies, so the editors have selected contributions that reflect this diversity of interests and methodological approaches. Special mention should go to the Leunig Prize winning article by James Wallace, ‘Height, health and history: a reassessment’, which uses height data to assess social class differences in living standards in late C19th Britain. However, all the papers tackle issues of broad interest and relevance. These range from Kenyan land policy to gender inequality within the economics profession to the influence of a central bank on the frequency of USA banking panics, to mention just a few.

The editorial board have secured a place for the Review as a Houghton Street Press imprint, thus ensuring its continuation as an annual publication. Those of our students interested in publishing will recognise that this is a great opportunity to be involved in producing a quality journal and should consider putting yourselves forward for membership of the editorial board next academic year. I also encourage everyone to consider whether they have a piece or an idea that they could put forward for consideration for publication in the next issue.

I look forward to reading the future editions of the Review.

- Professor Sara Horrell