Our Aim


Welcome to my website.  I’m using it to broadcast some of my work in economic history.  Here you can find some of my data sets and publications and links to others.  I also may write a blog.  I hope you find this interesting and useful!

Who I am

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my jobs: I am Global Distinguished Professor of Economic History at New York University, Abu Dhabi, and a Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford

my areas: I have written on English agricultural history, the Industrial Revolution, the Soviet Union, and economic convergence and divergence among nations.  I have also studied international competition in the steel industry, the extinction of whales, and contemporary policies on education, technological change, and inequality.

I have have won the Cole Prize, the Redlich Prize, and the Explorations Prize. My books include Enclosure and the Yeoman: The Agricultural Development of the South Midlands, 1450-1850, and Farm to Factory: A Re-interpretation of the Soviet Industrial Revolution, both of which won the Ranki Prize of the Economic History Association. Currently, I am studying the global history of wages and prices, pre-industrial living standards around the world, the economic history of the Middle East, and the causes of global inequality. I am a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Canada.

here is my curriculum vitae