Economics and the Modern Economic Historian

@article{Abramitzky2015EconomicsAT,
  title={Economics and the Modern Economic Historian},
  author={Ran Abramitzky},
  journal={NBER Working Paper Series},
  year={2015}
}
  • Ran Abramitzky
  • Published 1 October 2015
  • Economics
  • NBER Working Paper Series
I reflect on the role of modern economic history in economics. I document a substantial increase in the percentage of papers devoted to economic history in the top-5 economic journals over the last few decades. I discuss how the study of the past has contributed to economics by providing ground to test economic theory, improve economic policy, understand economic mechanisms, and answer big economic questions. Recent graduates in economic history appear to have roughly similar prospects to those… 
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