Peter H. Lindert

Peter H. Lindert

Peter Lindert


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Distinguished Professor of Economics

University of California - Davis

Curriculum Vitae:

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Economic History, Public Economics

Current Research:

Causes and effects of modern fiscal redistribution; history of inequality, political voice and economic growth.  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 (President, Journal Co-Editor, Editorial Board, Board of Trustees); Cliometric Society; American Economic Association; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research.

    Representative Research Papers:

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

    ** Jan Bakija, Lane Kenworthy, Peter Lindert, and Jeffrey Madrick, 2016. How Big Should Our Government Be? Berkeley: University of California Press.

    ** "Private Welfare and the Welfare State". In Larry Neal and Jeffrey. G. Williamson (eds.), The Cambridge History of Capitalism: Volume 2: The Spread of Capitalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014, Chapter 14, pp. 464-500.

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

    ** Peter H. Lindert and Jeffrey G. Williamson. "American Incomes before and after the Revolution". Journal of Economic History 73, 3 (September 2013): 725-765.

    ** "Prindustrial Inequality". (With Branko Milanovic and Jeffrey G. Williamson). Economic Journal 121 (March 2011): 255-272.

    ** "The Uneven Rise of American Public Schools to 1850". (With Sun Go.) Journal of Economic History 70, 1 (March 2010): 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, and click on "Papers" for some policy pieces.


    Honors and awards

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

    Growing Public received the 2005 Allan Sharlin Prize for best book in social science history published in 2004 and is also a co-winner of the Gyorgy Ranki Prize for the best book in European Economic History in 2003-2004.

    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.

    Winner, (of the first) Thomas Mayer Award for Distinguished Teaching in Economics, December 1994.

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