Merger or acquisition? An introduction to The Handbook of Historical Economics

Alberto Bisin, Giovanni Federico

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The relationship between history and economics as academic disciplines is methodologically subtle and sociologically contested. If the Cliometric revolution can be characterized as an acquisition of economics by history, the most recent trends in Historical Economics appear to turn this relationship on its head. In this Introduction we read the chapters of the Handbook as a forceful argument in favor of a merger between the two disciplines rather than the acquisition of one by the other; a merger which combines, notably, the detailed knowledge of historical sources, the capability of distilling complex historical processes into a model, and the statistical/econometric skills for identification and estimation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Historical Economics
ISBN (Electronic)9780128158746
ISBN (Print)9780128162682
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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