A Cliometric Counterfactual: What if There Had Been Neither Fogel nor North?
Claude Diebolt (Strasbourg University) and Michael Haupert (University of Wisconsin – La Crosse)
Abstract – 1993 Nobel laureates Robert Fogel and Douglass North were pioneers in the “new” economic history, or cliometrics. Their impact on the economic history discipline is great, though not without its critics. In this essay, we use both the “old” narrative form of economic history, and the “new” cliometric form, to analyze the impact each had on the evolution of economic history.
Circulated by nep-his on: 2017-02-19
Revised by Thales Zamberlan Pereira (São Paulo)
Douglass North and Robert Fogel’s contribution to the rise of the “new” economic history is well known, but Diebolt and Haupert’s paper adds a quantitative twist to their roles as active supporters of cliometrics when there was still resistance to apply new methods to the study of the past…
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