We are getting closer and closer to the publication of the Handbook of Historical Economics Giovanni Federico and I are editing for Academic Press.

We have written an Introduction to the Volume,


where you can find a brief discussion of all the chapters in the book ... and more:
Historical Economics was born arguably in the 1960s, with the so-called Cliometric revolution. Now, arguably, a second revolution is unfolding, as the field is attracting the renewed interest of economists.
Good Historical Economics needs a combination of:

knowledge of sources and detailed historical events and phenomena,

capability of distilling complex historical processes into a model to put forward alternative testable hypotheses, ...
statistical/econometric skills for identification, causal inference, structural estimation, and testing,

detailed knowledge of specific political and socio-economic institutions,

understanding of the role of cultural traits, e.g., ethnic/religious, and of their evolution.
This Handbook is a step in this direction, and this Introduction written jointly by an economist and an historian, discussing the pitfalls of their own disciplines, should serve as a suggestion that it can be done
PS We hope we can change the photo on the cover into this one:

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16 Nov 20
Alcuni amici (e anche alcuni simpaticoni in rappresentanza delle truppe cammellate sovraniste ) mi chiedono di discutere la mia reazione alla proposta di @DavidSassoli - che ha tanto eccitato @peppeprovenzano - di cancellazione del debito da parte della BCE.
Naturalmente ci sono ragioni legali, nel senso di vincoli imposti dai trattati, e ragioni di contabilità che rendono la strada impraticabile o difficilmente praticabile.

Ma io preferisco discutere la proposta in termini di logica economica - per ovvie ragioni di competenza.
La proposta suona così (ad un economista):

Ho avuto una nuova idea, stampiamo moneta che così creiamo ricchezza dal nulla. Anzi, sai che c’è? E se lo facessimo pagare ai tedeschi il debito? ... Questa si’ che è idea nuova.
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