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Editorial introduction : Cliometrics of transition

Abstract : The New Economic History (a term proposed by Jonathan Hughes) or Cliometrics (coined by Stanley Reiter), meaning literally the measurement of history, is of very recent origin. The first to claim involvement in it were Conrad & Meyer in 1957 and 1958. The birth of cliometrics amounts to a revolution, a total break with traditional economic history. A defender of the new school as Robert Fogel perceives a clear continuity between old and new economic history. What is certain is that economic history has assigned an increasingly important position to theory since the end of the 1950s. It also used increasingly rigorous statistical and econometric analysis for the simple reason that a fair number of the problems that remain unsolved in economic history are such that the only intellectually satisfactory answers are quantitative by definition.
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Claude Diebolt, Jacek Wallusch. Editorial introduction : Cliometrics of transition. Economics and business review, 2015, 15 (1), pp.5-8. ⟨10.18559/ebr.2015.1.2⟩. ⟨hal-01764591⟩



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