Research Themes

Members of the Economic History Department pursue research in all areas of the discipline.  The department has particular strengths in the following areas:

Historical Economic Demography Group (HED)

Jordan Claridge, Neil Cummins, Leigh Gardner, Sara Horrell, Jane Humphries, Chris Minns, Joan Roses, Mohamed Saleh, Eric Schneider, Patrick Wallis, Melanie Xue

The LSE Historical Economic Demography (HED) Group is an interdisciplinary network of researchers at LSE that explores changes in population, health, migration, living standards, human capital and social mobility over time.

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Demography, labour, and living standards

Neil Cummins, Sara Horrell, Jane Humphries, Chris Minns, Joan RosésMohamed SalehEric Schneider, Patrick Wallis, Melanie Xue

Our research engages with questions surrounding work, migration, childhood development, gender, fertility and mortality, and the economics of the family in historical context.

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Historical economic geography and long run economic change

Leigh Gardner, Albrecht Ritschl, Joan Rosés, Mohamed Saleh, Sabine SchneiderMax Schulze Oliver Volckart, Melanie Xue

Our research is focused on development patterns over space and time – what accounts for the rise and fall of nations and regions, patterns of economic convergence and divergence, and how core-periphery dynamics have changed over time.

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Pre-industrial economic history

Jordan Claridge, Neil Cummins, Sara Horrell, Jane Humphries, Chris Minns, Mohamed SalehEric Schneider, Max Schulze, Oliver VolckartPatrick Wallis 

Our research on pre-industrial economies aims to understand how medieval and early modern societies approached economic challenges related to gender, education, conflict, finance, and agricultural management.

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Firms and finance

Olivier Accominotti, Gerben Bakker, Leigh Gardner, Alejandra Irigoin, Natacha Postel-Vinay, Albrecht Ritschl, Tirthankar Roy, Anne Ruderman, Sabine SchneiderOliver Volckart

Our research studies the changing fortunes of industries and firms, the contribution of financial markets to economic integration, and understanding the causes and consequences of past financial crises. 

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Global economic history

Kent Deng, Leigh Gardner, Alejandra Irigoin, Anne Ruderman, Tirthankar Roy Sabine Schneider

Our research focuses on long-run international comparisons, emphasizing the development of global trades (silver bullion, slavery), and the economic history of colonialism.

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Narrative science

Mary Morgan 

Our research on narrative science connects historical modes of argument (i.e. narratives) with scientific modes or argument based on laws, theories, and models.  Research in this area stresses links to economics and economic history, history and philosophy of science, and the study of technology.

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Historical Political Economy

Kent Deng, Leigh Gardner, Andres Guiot Isaac, Safya Morshed, Mohamed Saleh, Sabine Schneider,  Melanie Xue

Our research focusses on patterns of political change and their economic consequences through a historical lens.  We study economic and political conflicts to determine how they have shaped institutions across time, and we map and build data on the historical formation of property rights, institutions, states and culture over time.

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