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Research Interests

Economic history; Historical development of the market economy; Economic growth from a historical perspective


Undergraduate degree from Cambridge and DPhil from Oxford; teaches economic history and macroeconomics; book reviewer for THES; author of Markets and Growth in Early Modern Europe (published by Pickering and Chatto, 2012).

Recent Publications

Published Papers

Bateman, V. N. Classical liberalism: the foundation for a new economics?, (2016) Critical Review
Bateman, V. N. The evolution of markets in early modern Europe, 1350-1800: A study of wheat prices, (2011) Economic History Review

Authored Book

Bateman, V. N. The Sex Factor: How Women Made the West Rich, (2019) - Polity Press
Bateman, V. N. Markets and growth in early modern Europe, (2016) Perspectives in Economic and Social History - Routledge

Chapter in Book

Bateman, V. N. Milton Friedman, (2018) in the book: Great economic thinkers - Chicago University Press
Bateman, V. N. John Maynard Keynes, (2018) in the book: Great economic thinkers - Chicago University Press
Bateman, V. N. Price volatility and markets in late medieval and early modern Europe, (2014) in the book: A history of market performance: from ancient Babylonia to the modern world - Routledge

Regular Economic Commentary

Bloomberg View



Research Activities

How Women Made the West Rich
Dr Victoria Bateman gave a talk and participated in a panel conversation at this years Hay Festival. Both were about her new book: The Sex Factor - How Women Made the West Rich.
Published on - Friday 7th June 2019

How Women Made the West Rich
On 25 April, Heffers bookshop hosted a successful launch of Dr. Victoria Bateman's book, The Sex Factor - How Women Made the West Rich. In the book, Dr Bateman argues that women's freedom in the West boosted wages, skills, saving, entrepreneurial spirit and helped to produce a democratic and capable state. The book was the Guardian's 'Book of the day' last month. Here are some photos from the event.
Published on - Monday 29th April 2019

How Women Made the West Rich Book Launch - Victoria Bateman
Dr. Victoria Bateman will be holding a launch event for her new book 'The Sex Factor - How Women Made the West Rich' at Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge, on Thursday 25th April 2019 between 6.30-10.00pm. All are welcome. Please register your interest.
Event Date - Thursday 25th April 2019

Women’s Reproductive Rights Worldwide
Professor Yana Rodgers (Rutgers University) will discusses her new book in conversation with Dr. Victoria Bateman on Thursday 15 November 2018, between 6.00-7.00pm, in Bateman Auditorium, Gonville & Caius College. All Welcome.
Event Date - Thursday 15th November 2018

Women in Economics Day - Translation of Theoretical Economics into Real-World Policy Changes
The 4th Women In Economics Day will take place at Gonville & Caius College on Thursday 20th September 2018. Dr. Victoria Bateman has put together a programme of speakers from IFS, the Bank of England, Cambridge Econometrics and the Women's Equality Party and will be welcoming 100 sixth formers from across the UK, hopefully inspiring the female economists of the future. Book a place on the event by going to the Gonville & Caius page.
Event Date - Thursday 20th September 2018


PI Paper 5 - Lent - Late Victorian Britain

Dr Victoria Bateman

Fellow and College Lecturer in Economics (Gonville and Caius College)

Research Group:
Economic History

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College: Gonville and Caius College
College Tel: +44(0)1223 766283