The book is now inching towards the finish line. The manuscript has been fully proofed, typeset and proofed again. We have made sure there are no weird formatting errors, that no references are missing in bibliographies and that authors' affiliations are up-to-date. This process has taken several weeks, but we are there now!
The book will be available later this month as an e-book. But it will take the publisher a little more time to print the physical copies; expect delivery of your pre-ordered paperback copy in December. The current price on Amazon (24.63 GBP) is slightly lower than the price offered by Palgrave Macmillan (27.99 GBP), but these prices seem to fluctuate a bit. The e-book version is cheaper still (21.99 GBP). Contributing authors will be able to purchase multiple copies through the publisher at a significant discount, for use in the classroom.
Launch Workshop News
In addition to Wendy Carlin and Nick Crafts, we are very excited to announce that Paul Winfree will be joining our panel of experts here in Belfast on 18 January to discuss the future of the relationship between economics and economic history.
Paul complements the other panellists by providing us with a policymaker's perspective. He currently works at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative public policy think tank based in Washington DC, where he directs the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies. He held various senior posts in the first year of the Trump administration, among them he served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, a role which led him to help author Trump's first two budgets. His research is mostly in the fields of health economics and public finance, and he has also developed an interest in the history of economic thought.
Paul has a background in economic history; we were both graduate students together at the London School of Economics. He is currently researching the history of government budget-making in the US. I hope Paul will able to tell us how he thinks that economic history can be used practically to improve economic policymaking process today.
Here is a video of Paul interviewing economic historian Dierdre McCloskey in 2016. The topic of the interview is "How the World Grew Rich". Deirdre's answer, in a single word: freedom. You can read more about Deirdre's work on her website, and, of course, in various chapters of An Economist's Guide to Economic History!
Chris Colvin is an economic historian based at Queen’s University Belfast, UK.