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Economic History and the Future of Economics 2
18 September
20:00 - 21:30

Economic History and the Future of Economics


Economists think it is done by historians. And historians think it is done by economists. But in truth, the study of economic history has fallen through the cracks. This is a sad state of nature. Our contention is that our economic past should play a far more central role in the education of economists and historians. With: Chris Colvin, Jarig van Sinderen, and more to be announced.

About the talk

The problem is particularly prevalent in the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, the study of economic history is almost absent from the curriculum. The problem is present, to a greater or lesser extent, in both history and economics. This event will focus mainly on the case of economists. Our aim is to make academic and professional economists – and, more broadly, the interested general public – aware of the key problems associated with the absence of historical learning. And then, once the problem is acknowledged and understood, to discuss possible solutions.

Economic history is vital to the study of economics and the economy. Lessons from economic history provide invaluable insight into the big global challenges of today’s world – whether it is trade wars, financial crises, migration pressures, climate change or extreme political uncertainty.

The absence of supply of economic historians is no excuse for not engaging with a field that is clearly in demand. With a little help, every economist has the potential to be an economic historian.


You can sign up for this program for free. If you subscribe for the program we count on your presence. If you are unable to attend, please let us know via spui25@uva.nl | T: +31 (0)20 525 8142.