The Past, Present, and Future of Economics for History

The summer issue of Social Science History was devoted to the theme of “The Past, Present, and Future of Economics for History” and it has several interesting papers (open access):

– Perhaps We Can Talk: David B. Riden Comments for “Taking Stock and Moving Ahead The Past, Present, and Future of Economics for History

– “Lotta Lemmata: A Sour Harvest” by Philip R. P. Coelho and James E. McClure quantify the increasing use of complex mathematics and show that the increase is unique to economics in the social sciences.

– “Economic History in Departments of Economics: The Case of the University of Chicago, 1892 to the Present” by David Mitch. This study focuses on how economic historians and economists at Chicago have conceived of the relationship between economic history and economics over the past century. It argues that a key set of tensions has been, on the one hand, developing a conception of the economy that is subject to historical forces yet, on the other hand, allowing adequate scope for employing the tools of economics.

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