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Quantitative methods and Economic History


  • Guillaume Daudin

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This paper makes the point that quantitative methods should be part of the toolkit of all economic historians. In the first part I will show that quantitative methods have been obviously important in the rise of economic history as a field up the 1980s. In a second part, I will illustrate through examples that quantitative methods coming from various social sciences can provide use new ways of thinking about economic history issues. In the last part, I will show that while there are legitimate reasons to be worried about the limitations of quantitative methods, they can still be a very useful and fruitful way of doing economic history in a pluralistic scientific environment.

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  • Guillaume Daudin, 2010. "Quantitative methods and Economic History," Documents de Travail de l'OFCE 2010-15, Observatoire Francais des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE).
  • Handle: RePEc:fce:doctra:1015

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    Economic History; Quantitative methods;

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    • N01 - Economic History - - General - - - Development of the Discipline: Historiographical; Sources and Methods


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