Economic History Working Group


Economic history is a vital tool for understanding economics today. We study institutional, narrative, theoretical, and empirical research in macroeconomics, financial, and business history.


Bárbara Tundidor (Member of the Department of Social Sciences, Spain)
Mostafa Abdelaal (Cairo University, Egypt)
Onur Yukcu (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)


Mandate (2024)

Research Themes

  • Economic history of Latin America and Africa.
  • Economic Growth and Development in the long term.
  • Inequality in the long term (economic, social and gender).
  • Colonial institutions and their effect on development.
  • Financial Crises
  • Economic History as a multidisciplinary field encompassing economics, history, and social sciences.

Research Questions

  • Why some countries are so rich and others so poor?
  • Why does inequality exist between countries and between individuals?
  • Why do financial crises occur (such as the crash of ’29, the Great Depression, and the subprime crisis)?
  • What consequences can economic crises have in the long term.
  • How do institutions influence economic and social development?

Projects Planned 

  • Economic History Workshop Of Developing Regions (YSI & Figuerola Institute)
  • YSI-EHES Economic History Graduate Webinar
  • YSI-Latin American Economic History Graduate Webinar
  • The Economic History book club.
  • The Economic History Podcast.

Partnerships and Collaborations

  • Figuerola Institute of History and Social Sciences.
  • The Economic and Business History Society.
  • Red de Historia Economica Iberoamericana.
  • European Historical Economics Society (EHES).


You’re welcome to join any webinar or reading group at any time. You’re also invited to apply to present or participate in an any in-person workshop in your area. 



The latest updates and announcements, sent out to all working group members via email.
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Invitation: Economic History Working Group Mandate Meeting – shaping 2024 Mandates Together!
      Dear Economic History Group members and organisers,…
March 14, 2024
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Reminder: Mandate meeting in 30min
Dear members and organizers, Reminder: you are all invited to…
February 17, 2023
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Rare Voices in Economic History Pre-WEHC workshop
Welcome to Pre-WEHC Young Scholars Workshop! The YSI Economic History…
July 20, 2022
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