Economic history

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For changes in economic ideas, see History of economic thought.

Economic history is the study of economies or economic phenomena in the past. Analysis in economic history is undertaken using a combination of historical methods, statistical methods and by applying economic theory to historical situations and institutions. The topic includes business history, financial history and overlaps with areas of social history such as demographic history and labor history. Quantitative (econometric) economic history is also referred to as Cliometrics.[1]


  1. Robert Whaples (2008). "Cliometrics" in S. Durlauf and L. Blume, eds. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd ed. Abstract.