Nomination of a Fellow of the Cliometric Society

The Cliometric Society wishes to honor outstanding scholarship in the field of economic history through its election of Fellows of the Society. Fellows must have published contributions to economic history that are markedly original and have significantly advanced the frontiers of knowledge. To be eligible, a Fellow must be, or upon election become, a member of the Cliometric Society.

Any member of the Cliometric Society can propose a candidate for consideration for election as a Fellow by filling in a nomination form. A candidate nominated by ten members will appear on the ballot. Nominations will close on January 31st of each year for that year’s election and will reopen on June 1st to accept nominations for the following year’s election. Current Fellows of the Cliometric Society will consider nominees for election.

Fellows of the Cliometric Society

2016 Fellows

2015 Fellows

2014 Fellows

2013 Fellows

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Cliometrics Society of Fellows

In 2009 the Board of Trustees of the Cliometric Society established procedures for the election of Fellows of the Cliometric Society. The Board wished to honor the most outstanding members of the organization - the members who have helped perpetuate the annual meetings and the growth of cliometrics. The creation of a Society of Fellows was seen as the most appropriate manner in which the Cliometric Society could bestow this honor.

The resolution creating the Society of Fellows reads: “The Cliometric Society wishes to honor outstanding scholarship in the field of economic history through its election of Fellows of the Society. Fellows must have published contributions to economic history that are markedly original and have significantly advanced the frontiers of knowledge. To be eligible, a Fellow must be, or upon election become, a member of the Cliometric Society.”

Fellows are elected annually by a majority vote of the Fellows of the Cliometric Society and formally inducted at the annual meeting of the Cliometric Society in May or June of each year.

The members of the 2016 class of Fellows of the Cliometric Society are Professor Lee Alston (Indiana), Professor Gary Libecap (UC-Santa Barbara), and Professor Paul Rhode (Michigan).

The members of the 2015 class of Fellows of the Cliometric Society are Professor Michael Bordo (Rutgers), Professor Nicholas Crafts (Warwick), Professor Michael Haines (Colgate), Professor Naomi Lamoreaux (Yale), Professor Cormac O'Grada (University College Dublin), Professor John Wallis (Maryland), Professor Eugene White (Rutgers).

The members of the 2014 class of Fellows of the Cliometric Society are Professor Ann Carlos (U. Colorado-Boulder), Professor John James (U. of Virginia), Professor Peter Lindert (UC Davis), Professor Roger Ransom (UC Riverside) and Professor Richard Sutch (UC Riverside).

The members of the 2013 class of Fellows of the Cliometric Society are Professor Barry Eichengreen (UC-Berkeley), Professor Alex Field (Santa Clara), Professor Phil Hoffman (Cal Tech), Professor John Komlos (Duke), and Professor Richard Sylla (NYU).

The 2012 class of Fellows of the Cliometric Society are Professor Jeremy Atack (Vanderbilt University), Professor Price Fishback (University of Arizona), Professor Robert Margo (Boston University), Professor Deirdre McCloskey (University of Illinois-Chicago), and Professor Richard Steckel (Ohio State University).

The 2011 Class of Fellows: Professor J. Frederick Bateman (University of Georgia) and Professor Thomas Weiss (University of Kansas).

The 2010 Class of Fellows: Lance Davis (CalTech), Stanley Engerman (Rochester University), Robert Fogel (University of Chicago), Claudia Goldin (Harvard), Joel Mokyr (Northwestern), Larry Neal (University of Illinois), Douglass North (Washington University), Alan Olmstead (University of California-Davis), Hugh Rockoff (Rutgers), Peter Temin (MIT), Jeffrey Williamson (Harvard and University of Wisconsin), and Gavin Wright (Stanford).

What is Cliometrics?

Cliometrics is the application of economic theory and quantitative techniques to describe and explain historical events. In addition to economic theory and econometrics, Cliometricians often use large data sets to examine the past. To quote Deirdre McCloskey, one of the founders of the Society: "Cliometrics is too easily construed from the Greek to mean simply quantitative history, rather than the application of quantitative and theoretical techniques to the study of historical phenomena.” Cliometrics was originally referred to as the "new" economic history. Stanley Reiter, a mathematical economist who was "musing" for a word that described the quantitative economic history work he was discussing with colleagues, coined the word itself in 1960. He joined the Muse of History, Clio, with the suffix "metrics" from the word "econometrics." Hence, "Cliometrics."

What is the Cliometic Society?

The Cliometric Society is an academic organization of individuals interested in the use of economic theory and statistical techniques to study economic history. Founded in 1983, The Cliometric Society is now a chartered, not-for-profit, corporation in the State of Wisconsin. The Society office is located in the Department of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The Cliometric Society maintains a worldwide membership of respected and influential practitioners in both academic and professional fields. The Board of Trustees includes internationally prominent individuals in economic history. The Society's by-laws include provisions for the advancement of scholarship, with an emphasis on methodology and practice, and the promotion of educational opportunities for young scholars.

The Cliometric Society sponsors sessions each year at the Allied Social Science Association meetings and the Western Economic Association International meetings. The Society has long been a member organization of the International Economic History Association, and sponsors sessions at the International Economic History Congresses. Possibly the most noteworthy accomplishment of the Society is the continuation of the tradition surrounding its origin: an annual conference, initiated in 1960, which encourages the spirit of Cliometric inquiry and debate, and promotes working relationships among scholars. For more than 20 years, the Conference has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation. The NSF regards the Cliometrics Conference as one of the most successful conferences it supports, frequently citing it as a model for other similar organizations.

As an outgrowth of the Annual Cliometrics Conference, the Cliometric Society has presented, in cooperation with other scholarly organizations, six World Congresses of Cliometrics. The first World Congress was held at Northwestern University in 1985. To date, more than five hundred economic historians from around the world have participated as authors and discussants of landmark research papers at these World Congresses. The next World Congress will be held in Hawaii in 2013.

The History of Cliometrics

The birth of the field dates to the 1957 joint sessions of the Economic History Association and the NBER Conference on Income and Wealth held in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Papers presented there introduced the use of methodologies that were considered revolutionary -- and which subsequently became standard cliometric practice. Three years later Purdue economists Lance Davis and J.R.T. Hughes organized a conference for the small group of scholars pioneering the practice of these new methods. The first meeting of the Cliometric Society was held on the campus of Purdue University in December of 1960. The original title of the meetings was the “Purdue University Conference on the Application of Economic Theory and Quantitative Methods to the Study of Problems of Economic History.” The first gathering included a dozen economic historians of like-minded interest in what was then a “new economic history” approach of combining quantitative methods and economic theory and applying them to questions of historical significance. Among that first group of meeting attendees were future Noble Laureates Robert Fogel and Douglass North, and Lance Davis. All three were inducted into the first class of Fellows of the Cliometric Society in 2010.

This initial meeting evolved into an annual conference held at Purdue University throughout the decade, attended by a growing number of Cliometricians. By 1964, the "Founding Fathers" ignited national interest in this new field with their session at the American Economic Association meeting in Chicago, attended by hundreds. In 1969, the Conference moved from Purdue to the University of Wisconsin, and again in 1975, to the University of Chicago. Since 1980, the Conference has moved around the country. It is hosted by a different university each year. In 1983 the the Cliometric Society was formally organized.