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Economic history employs multiple methods to study change over time.  It seeks to understand fundamental economic transformation such as the emergence and spread of "modern economic growth."  This global growth process involved both the rise of per capita income and many associated structural changes.  Economic historians examine the ultimate and proximate forces driving these changes as well as their long-run impacts.  The discipline also seeks to understand interruptions to the growth process, due for example to depressions, wars, environment crises, and disease outbreaks.  In addition, economic history develops the contextual knowledge necessary to appraise and critique the use of historical data within the broader economics discipline.  The economic historians in the department are an eclectic group whose interests span micro and macroeconomics in the nineteenth  and twentieth centuries.

Primary Appointment within the Economics Department



Primary Appointment outside the Economics Department

Political Science

Ford School of Public Policy & Department of Economics (courtesy)

Law School

Ross School of Business

Ford School of Public Policy