Peter H. Lindert

Peter H. Lindert

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Making Social Spending Work

April 2022


Distinguished Professor of Economics (Emeritus)

University of California - Davis

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Focus:

Economic History, Public Economics

Current Research:

Causes and effects of social spending, redistribution, and inequality.  See also the new web site of the Global Price and Income History Group for a growing array of downloadable files of historical data.

Working Papers:

    Professional Affiliations:

    Economic History Association, Cliometric Society, American Economic Association, National Bureau of Economic Research.

    Representative Research Papers:

    ** Peter H. Lindert. 2021. Making Social Spending Work. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    ** Peter H. Lindert and Jeffrey G. Williamson. 2016. Unequal Gains: American Growth and Inequality since 1700. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

    ** Peter H. Lindert and Steven Nafziger. 2014. “Russian Inequality on the Eve of Revolution”. Journal of Economic History 74, 3 (September): 767-798.

    ** Branko Milanovic, Peter H. Lindert, and Jeffrey G. Williamson. 2011. “Preindustrial Inequality.” 2011. Economic Journal 121 (March): 255-272.

    ** Sun Go and Peter H. Lindert. “The Uneven Rise of American Public Schools to 1850.” 2010. Journal of Economic History 70, 1 (March): 1-26.

    ** Growing Public: Social Spending and Economic Growth since the Eighteenth Century. Two Volumes. Cambridge University Press, 2004.Translations to other languages: (a) Välfädsstatens expansion (in Swedish, 2005), (b) Spesa sociale e crescita (in Italian, 2007), (c) El ascenso del sector público (in Spanish, 2011).

    ** Download the “cv” for a fuller list of scholarly works.


    Honors and awards

    Co-recipient (with Jeffrey G. Williamson), the Economic History Association’s biennial Gallman-Parker Prize for Lifetime Contribution to Data Set Creation, September 2019.

    The Economic History Association created and funded The Lindert-Williamson Prize for an outstanding book in global, African, Asian, Australian, and/or South American economic history, 2019.

    5th Angus Maddison Development Lecture, OECD, Paris, 3 October 2017.

    Several other keynote lectures since 2010.

    Jonathan Hughes Prize for Excellence in Teaching Economic History, awarded by the Economic History Association, 2007.

    Two book prizes for Growing Public: (1) The 2005 Allan Sharlin Prize, for the Best Book in Social Science History in 2004, awarded by the Social Science History Association; and (2) the Gyorgy Ranki Prize for the Best Book in European Economic History 2003 and 2004 (for Growing Public), awarded by the Economic History Association.

    Sir John Hicks Lecture, Oxford, 13 May 2005. 

    President of the Economic History Association, 2001-2002.

    UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement, 1999.

    Vice-President of the Economic History Association for 1996-1997.

    UC Davis, Academic Senate, Distinguished Teaching Award, 1995.

    Cliometrics Society “Can” Award, 1992-1993.  [It’s like an Oscar.]