Robert W. Fogel

In Memoriam ECONOMICS HISTORY ASSOCIATION REMEMBERS ROBERT W. FOGEL VISIONARY ECONOMIC HISTORIAN, GENEROUS MENTOR, ETERNAL OPTIMIST, ENTHUSIASTIC GUIDE Written by Dora Costa, Claudia Goldin, and Robert A. Margo Robert W. Fogel was a visionary economic historian whose works and lectures have informed and incited for more than half a century and whose writings will continue […]

Stefano Fenoaltea

In Memoriam ECONOMICS HISTORY ASSOCIATION REMEMBERS STEFANO FENOALTEA IN MEMORIAM Deirdre McCloskey, Richard Sylla and Gianni Toniolo contributed information and personal recollections to this In Memoriam. Christopher Hanes wrote it and bears responsibility for errors. McCloskey’s own obituary of Fenoaltea has been published in the PSL Quarterly Review (2020). Journal articles and books by Stefano […]

Stanley Lewis Engerman

In Memoriam ECONOMICS HISTORY ASSOCIATION REMEMBERS STANLEY LEWIS ENGERMAN IN MEMORIAM By Robert A. Margo and Paul W. Rhode Stanley (Stan) Lewis Engerman was a scholar of the highest rank. His publications – 21 monographs or edited books, four of which were multiple volumes; 100+ journal articles and book chapters; and innumerable reviews, comments, and […]

Richard Sutch

Richard Sutch was Distinguished Professor of Economics, Emeritus, at the University of California-Riverside and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  He began his academic career at Berkeley in 1967 and concluded it there, returning after a decade at UC-Riverside.  In between he spent a year visiting Cal Tech. Sutch was an undergraduate […]

Stanley L. Engerman

Stanley L. Engerman is John Munro Professor of Economics emeritus at the University of Rochester.  He received his Ph.D. in economics in 1962 from Johns Hopkins University after completing a BA and an MBA at NYU.  His first professional position was at Yale.  He moved to the University of Rochester in 1963.  Engerman is known […]

Robert W. Fogel: Visionary economic historian, generous mentor, eternal optimist

Written by: Dora Costa, Claudia Goldin, and Robert A. Margo   Generous Mentor, Eternal Optimist, Enthusiastic Guide Robert W. Fogel was a visionary economic historian whose works and lectures have informed and incited for more than half a century and whose writings will continue to do so for decades to come.  He died on June 11, 2013 […]

Project 2000/2001

Project 2000 Each month during 2000, EH.NET published a review essay on a significant work in twentieth-century economic history. The purpose of these essays was to survey the works that have had the most influence on the field of economic history and to highlight the intellectual accomplishments of twentieth-century economic historians. Each review essay outlines […]

Slavery in the United States

Jenny Bourne, Carleton College Slavery is fundamentally an economic phenomenon. Throughout history, slavery has existed where it has been economically worthwhile to those in power. The principal example in modern times is the U.S. South. Nearly 4 million slaves with a market value estimated to be between $3.1 and $3.6 billion lived in the U.S. […]

Hours of Work in U.S. History

Robert Whaples, Wake Forest University In the 1800s, many Americans worked seventy hours or more per week and the length of the workweek became an important political issue. Since then the workweek’s length has decreased considerably. This article presents estimates of the length of the historical workweek in the U.S., describes the history of the […]


John Lyons, Miami University Lou Cain, Loyola University Chicago and Northwestern University Sam Williamson, Miami University Introduction In the 1950s a small group of North American scholars adopted a revolutionary approach to investigating the economic past that soon spread to Great Britain and Ireland, the European mainland, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. What was first […]