HHB Working Paper Series


Spleen: the failures of the cliometric school

Author(s): Stefano Fenoaltea

Year: 2018

No: 14

JEL Classification: A10, B40, N01

Pages: 17


This paper argues that we cliometricians have failed as economists, because we did not drag the profession out of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth; that we have failed as historians, because we do not take measurement seriously, and misapprehend “the data”; and that we failed signally as economic historians, because we backcast “GDP” as if it measured gross domestic product.

label icon Keywords: cliometrics, economic history, economics

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