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date: 23 April 2024

Cliometrics: Past, Present, and Futurelocked

Cliometrics: Past, Present, and Futurelocked

  • Claude DieboltClaude DieboltCNRS, University of Strasbourg
  •  and Michael HaupertMichael HaupertDepartment of Economics, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse


Cliometrics is the application of economic theory and quantitative methods to the study of economic history. The methodology rose to favor in economics departments in the 1960s. It grew to dominate the discipline over the next two decades, culminating in the awarding of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Economics to two of its pioneers, Robert Fogel and Douglass North. Cliometrics has always had its share of critics, and some have blamed it for the diminished role that economic history has had in economics programs in the 21st century.


  • Economic History

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