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  • Claudia Goldin

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In October 1993, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics to Robert William Fogel and Douglass Cecil North 'for having renewed research in economic history.' The Academy noted that 'they were pioneers in the branch of economic history that has been called the 'new economic history,' or 'cliometrics." In this paper, the author addresses what this cliometrics is and how these two Nobel Prize winners furthered the discipline of economics.

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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal Journal of Economic Perspectives.

Volume (Year): 9 (1995)
Issue (Month): 2 (Spring)
Pages: 191-208

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Handle: RePEc:aea:jecper:v:9:y:1995:i:2:p:191-208

Note: DOI: 10.1257/jep.9.2.191
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  1. Lehmann-Waffenschmidt, Marco, 2001. "Kontingenz und Kausalität bei evolutorischen Prozessen," Dresden Discussion Paper Series in Economics 12/01, Dresden University of Technology, Faculty of Business and Economics, Department of Economics.
  2. Tapas Mishra & Claude Diebolt, 2010. "Demographic volatility and economic growth: convention and beyond," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 44(1), pages 25-45, January.
  3. Luděk Kouba, 2009. "The Proposal of Original Classification of Contemporary Social-Economic Approaches to the Growth Theory," Politická ekonomie, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2009(5), pages 696-713.
  4. Claude Diebolt & Faustine Perrin, 2013. "The Foundations of Female Empowerment Revisited," Working Papers 06-13, Association Française de Cliométrie (AFC).
  5. Azomahou, Théophile & Diebolt, Claude & Mishra, Tapas, 2009. "Spatial persistence of demographic shocks and economic growth," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 31(1), pages 98-127, March.
  6. Bruno S. Frey & Marcel Kucher, 1999. "Wars and Markets: How Bond Values Reflect World War II," CESifo Working Paper Series 221, CESifo Group Munich.

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