Knowledge as a Source of the Great Divergence

Hosted by the Department of Economics

Online public event


Professor Joel Mokyr

Professor Joel Mokyr


Professor Mary Morgan

Professor Mary Morgan

Joel Mokyr will discuss the Great Divergence, the rapid economic and technological growth between c. 1500 and 1950, that gave the West the opportunity to dominate (and often oppress and exploit) the rest of the world.

The lecture will answer a simple but haunting question: how were they able to do that?

Meet our speaker and chair

Joel Mokyr is the Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Economics and History at Northwestern University and Sackler Professor (by special appointment) at the Eitan Berglas School of Economics at the University of Tel Aviv. His most recent book is A Culture of Growth, published in 2016. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Mary Morgan is Albert O. Hirschman Professor of History and Philosophy of Economics in the Department of Economic History at LSE.

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