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Faculty of Economics


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The Economic History Research Group uses economic approaches to investigate the past and historical expertise to analyze how economies work. Our research interests include – but are not limited to – business cycles, climate, consumption, the environment, fertility, financial markets, guilds, human capital, inequality, living standards, market integration, property rights, serfdom, technological innovation, trade, women’s work, and the economics of institutions and government. Our research spans more than 1,000 years, from the late tenth century to the early twenty-first. We maintain strong interdisciplinary links, which extend from economics into demography, geography, history, and political science.


Dr Toke Aidt
University Reader
Director of the Keynes Fund

Research Interests
Political Economics

Dr Victoria Bateman
Fellow and College Lecturer in Economics (Gonville and Caius College)

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


Dr Francisco Beltran
Deakin Fellow in Economics, Magdalene College

Research Interests
Economic history

Dr Jeremy Edwards
Emeritus Reader in Economics

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


Dr William H Janeway
Senior Teaching Associate

Research Interests
Economics of Innovation, Venture Capital

Dr Cristiano Ristuccia
Fellow, Tutor and Director of Studies in Economics (Trinity Hall)

Research Interests
Production, Technology and Economic Growth during the 20th Century


Dr Solomos Solomou
University Reader

Research Interests
In historical perspective, long cycles; business cycles; trade policy; exchange rate regimes and economic performance; weather and sectoral fluctuations

 

Research Grants

Keynes Fund Sponsored Projects

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Published Papers

Lloyd, S.P. and Solomou, S. The impact of the 1932 General Tariff: a difference-in-difference approach, Cliometrica (2019)
Aidt, T. S. and Franck, R. What motivates and oligarchic elite to democratize? Evidence from the roll call vote on the Great Reform Act of 1832, Journal of Economic History (2019)
Beltrán Tapia, F.J. and Gallego-Martínez, D. What explains the missing girls in nineteenth-century Spain?, Economic History Review (2018)
Aidt, T. S. and Jensen,P. S. From Open to Secret Ballot: Vote Buying and Modernization, Comparative Political Studies (2017)
Aidt, T. S. and Franck, R. Democratization under the threat of revolution: evidence from the Great Reform Act of 1832, Econometrica (2015)
Aidt, T. S. and Mooney, G. Voting suffrage and the political budget cycle: evidence from the London Metropolitan Boroughs 1902-1937, Journal of Public Economics (2014)
Aidt, T. S. and Jensen, P. S. Workers of the world, unite! Franchise extensions and the threat of revolution in Europe, 1820-1938, European Economic Review (2014)
Aidt, T. S. and Franck R. How to get the snowball rolling and extend the franchise: Voting on the Great Reform Act of 1832, Public Choice (2013)
Aidt, T.S. and Jensen, P. S. Democratization and the size of government: Evidence from the long 19th century, Public Choice (2013)

Cambridge Working Papers in Economics

Aidt, T., Winer, S., Zhang, P. Franchise extension and fiscal structure in the United Kingdom 1820-1913: A new test of the Redistribution Hypothesis, CWPE2008 (2020)
Lloyd, S. and Solomou, S. The Impact of the 1932 General Tariff: A Difference-in-Difference Approach, CWPE1940 (2019)
Aidt, T. S., Leon, G. and Satchell, M. The Social Dynamics of Collective Action: Evidence from the Captain Swing Riots, 1830-31, CWPE1751 (2017)
Beltràn Tapia, F., Díez-Minguela, A., Martínez-Galarraga, J. The Shadow of Cities: Size, Location and the Spatial Distribution of Population in Spain, CWPE1749 (2017)
Beltrán Tapia, F., Díez-Minguela, A. and Martinez-Galarraga, J. Tracing the Evolution of Agglomeration Economies: Spain, 1860-1991, CWPE1636 (2016)
Rocha, B. and Solomou, S. The Effects of Systemic Banking Crises in the Inter-War Period, CWPE1503 (2015)
Ristuccia, C. A. and Solomou, S. Can general purpose technology theory explain economic growth? Electrical Power as a case study, CWPE1404 (2014)
Mitchell, J., Solomou, S. and Weale, M. Monthly GDP Estimates for Inter-War Britain, CWPE1155 (2011)

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Authored Books

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), Routledge

Chapter in Book

Bateman, V. N. Milton Friedman, (2018), forthcoming in Great economic thinkers. Edited by Jonathan Conlin - Chicago University Press
Bateman, V. N. John Maynard Keynes, (2018), forthcoming in Great economic thinkers. Edited by Jonathan Conlin - Chicago University Press
Bateman, V. N. Price volatility and markets in late medieval and early modern Europe, (2014), forthcoming in A history of market performance: from ancient Babylonia to the modern world. Edited by Bert van der Spek, Bas van Leeuwen, Jan Luiten van Zanden - Routledge

Edited Books

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Related Tags:

Business Cycles

Climate History

Consumption

Consumer Revolution

Industrious Revolution

Industrial Revolution

Environmental Economics

Historical Demography

European Marriage Pattern

Financial History

Merchant Guilds

Craft Guilds

Human Capital

Education

Inequality

Living Standards

Market Integration

Property Rights

Serfdom

Technological Innovation

Trade History

Women’s Work

Women's History

Gender History

Institutions

Corruption

Democracy

Economic History Research Group




This seminar series is a combination of eight seminar programmes. See the Faculty of History's seminar pages to more information.



Recent Publications


Lloyd, S.P. and Solomou, S. The impact of the 1932 General Tariff: a difference-in-difference approach Cliometrica [2019]

Beltrán Tapia, F.J. and Gallego-Martínez, D. What explains the missing girls in nineteenth-century Spain? Economic History Review [2018]

Aidt, T. S. and Franck, R. What motivates and oligarchic elite to democratize? Evidence from the roll call vote on the Great Reform Act of 1832 Journal of Economic History [2019]



Selected CWPE


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The Impact of the 1932 General Tariff: A Difference-in-Difference Approach, Lloyd, S. and Solomou, S.

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Franchise extension and fiscal structure in the United Kingdom 1820-1913: A new test of th..., Aidt, T., Winer, S., Zhang, P.