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Cliometrics and the Nobel

  • Claudia Goldin

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 þnew economic history,þ or þcliometricsþ.' In this paper I address what this cliometrics is and how these two Nobel Prize winners furthered the discipline of economics.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Historical Working Papers with number 0065.

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Date of creation: Dec 1994
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Publication status: published as Journal of Economic Perspectives, Spring 1995.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberhi:0065
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