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Mechanisms of Persistence in Economic History

The historical integration of economic and social processes has long been ignored by economics research. However, the continued effects of the past in many aspects of economic development are obvious and indeed essential for the explanation of many present occurrences. Current phenomena such as the Euro crisis and the economic awakening of China from a long period of stagnation, for example, are difficult to explain without an understanding of the short or long-term historical dynamics leading to their appearance.

It is here that the research focus "Mechanisms of Persistence in Economic History" begins, with the aim of arriving at quantitatively resilient insights into the significance of historical events for present economic development processes and their mechanisms with the assistance of new, mostly quasi-experimental identification methods. Against the background of the constantly increasing availability of quantitative historical data from various regions around the world, internationally renowned scholars will come together in the course of the research focus to present and discuss methods, sources and research results on the historical persistence of economic processes. Through the inclusion of scholars from related disciplines, an attempt will also be made to work towards a contribution to a stronger networking between historical and economic disciplines.

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