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.