The Evolution of Economic History Since 1950: From Cliometrics to Cliodynamics

Tiempo & Economia, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 79-103, 2015

25 Pages Posted: 26 Dec 2015

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Javier Mejia

New York University--Abu Dhabi; Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics

Date Written: December 25, 2015

Abstract

This paper analyzes the evolution of economic history in the last 65 years. It argues that economic history has followed a path that goes from the strictly use of standard economics applied to economic past (i.e. cliometrics), to a general formal reflection of social history based on more flexible tools (i.e. cliodynamics). While cliometrics was a paradigm based on neoclassical theory and econometric methods, cliodynamics is a research agenda founded in non-neoclassical theoretical frameworks and quantitative methods not based on statistical inference. In that sense, the paper supports the idea that economic history has maintained its relevance in economics literature, despite the decay of particular traditions in the field.

Keywords: cliodynamics, cliometrics, economic history

JEL Classification: B2, B4, N01, O1

Suggested Citation

Mejía Cubillos, Javier, The Evolution of Economic History Since 1950: From Cliometrics to Cliodynamics (December 25, 2015). Tiempo & Economia, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 79-103, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2708321

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