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Research Interests

Economic history, the economics of institutions, and the relationship between education and economic growth.


I joined the Faculty of Economics in 1979 and retired in 2010. During that time, my main areas of interest were public economics, firm finance and investment, and corporate governance. Towards the end of this period I became more interested in economic history and the economics of institutions. I was a Research Fellow of the Institute for Fiscal Studies from 1981 to 1986, and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research from 1985 to 1996. I have been a Research Network Fellow of CESifo since 1994.

Publications since retirement

  • Edwards, J.S.S. and S.C. Ogilvie (2012). "Contract Enforcement, Institutions, and Social Capital: the Maghribi Traders Reappraised." Economic History Review 65(2): 421-444.
  • Edwards, J.S.S. and S.C. Ogilvie (2012). "What Lessons for Economic Development Can We Draw from the Champagne Fairs?" Explorations in Economic History 49(2): 131-148.
  • Ogilvie, S.C., J.S.S. Edwards and M. Küpker (2016). "Economically Relevant Human Capital or Multi-Purpose Consumption Good? Book Ownership in Pre-Modern Württemberg." Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 1655.
  • Edwards, J.S.S. (2017). "A replication of 'Education and Catch-Up in the Industrial Revolution' (American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 2011)", Economics Discussion Papers, No 2017-30, Kiel Institute for the World Economy,

Dr Jeremy Edwards

Emeritus Reader in Economics

Research Group:
Economic History

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