Economic history is the study of the long-term development of economies. The field uses empirical evidence, the tools of economics and econometrics, and appreciation of institutional context to understand how economies functioned in different times and places, and how present-day economic problems reflect earlier development.

The Program in Economic History exists within the Economic Growth Center to foster research in the field of economic history. The links on this page will take you to information on the weekly research seminar, mini-conferences, and other program activities.

Yale does not offer graduate programs in economic history per se. Students who participate in the activities of the Program in Economic History are working toward a PhD in economics, history, or another discipline. They fulfill the degree requirements for their respective department; there are no separate requirements for economic history. For information on the economics and History PhD programs, following the links at the bottom of this page. For other programs, consult the relevant departmental website, or the website for Yale Graduate school, (GSAS).

Admission to graduate programs at Yale is handled by the graduate school; interested prospective students should check the graduate school website for forms, deadlines, and other information.

For more information, prospective graduate students primarily interested in U.S. economic history should contact Naomi Lamoreaux. Students interested in modern Europe or in other topics should consult Timothy Guinnane.

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José Antonio Espín Sánchez

Assistant Professor of Economics


Economic History, Water Markets, Inequality and Social Mobility


Timothy Guinnane

Philip Golden Bartlett Professor of Economic History and Director, Program in Economic History


Economic History, Historical Demography, Financial History


Naomi Lamoreaux

Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics & History; Chair, History Department


US Economic and Business History, Corporate Governance, Antitrust, Intellectual Property