Annals of the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi

An Interdisciplinary Journal of Economics, History and Political Science

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among scholars working in the field of social sciences
Volume LIII 2 - 2019

Spleen: The Failures of the Cliometric School

Stefano Fenoaltea,
pp. 5-24
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This paper argues that we cliometricians have failed as economists, because we did not drag the profession out of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth; that we have failed as historians, because we do not take measurement seriously, and misapprehend “the data”; and that we failed signally as economic historians, because we backcast “GDP” as if it measured gross domestic product.
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