Fields of interest
Historical experience of economic growth
Research topics include:
- The Industrial Revolution
- British relative economic decline
- The history of general purpose technologies
- Why growth rates differ
British Economic Growth during the Industrial Revolution, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1985; reprinted in paperback 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991.
The Great Depression of the 1930s: Lessons for Today (with P. Fearon), Oxford: OUP, 2013.
Monetary and Banking History: Essays in Honour of Forrest Capie (with G. E. Wood and T. C. Mills), London: Routledge, 2011.
Work and Pay in Twentieth Century Britain (with I. Gazeley and A. Newell), Oxford: OUP, 2007.
Papers in Refereed Journals
Six Centuries of British Economic Growth: a Time-Series Perspective (with T. C. Mills), European Review of Economic History (2017), volume 21, forthcoming.
Reducing High Public Debt Ratios: Lessons from UK Experience, Fiscal Studies (2016), volume 31, pp. 201-223.
Economic Growth: Onwards and Upwards?, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, (2015), 31, 217-241.
Self-Defeating Austerity? Evidence from 1930s’ Britain (with T. C. Mills), European Review of Economic History, (2015), 19, 109-127.
Geography and Intra-National Home Bias: U.S. Domestic Trade in 1949 and 2007 (with A. Klein), Journal of Economic Geography, (2015), 15, 477-497.
UK Economic Growth since 2010: Is It as Bad as It Seems?, National Institute Economic Review, (2015), 231, R17-R29.
The Location of the UK Cotton Textiles Industry in 1838: a Quantitative Analysis (with N. Wolf), Journal of Economic History, (2014), 74, 1103-1139.
What Does the 1930s’ Experience Tell Us about the Future of the Eurozone?, Journal of Common Market Studies, (2014), 52, 713-727.
Ireland’s Medium Term Growth Prospects: a Phoenix Rising?, Economic and Social Review, (2014), 45, 87-112.
Rearmament to the Rescue? New Estimates of the Impact of Keynesian Policies in 1930s’ Britain (with T. C. Mills), Journal of Economic History, (2013), 73, 1077-1104.
Returning to Growth: Policy Lessons from History, Fiscal Studies, (2013), 34, 255- 282.
Long-Term Growth in Europe: What Difference does the Crisis Make?, National Institute Economic Review, (2013), 224, R14-R28.
Review Essay: Trade and Poverty by Jeffrey Williamson, Economic Journal, (2013), 123, F193-F197.
Economic History Matters, Economic History of Developing Regions, (2012), 27, S3- S15.
Making Sense of the Manufacturing Belt: Determinants of US Industrial Location, 1880-1920 (with A. Klein), Journal of Economic Geography, (2012), 12, 775-807.
British Relative Economic Decline Revisited: the Role of Competition, Explorations in Economic History, (2012), 49, 17-29.