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Joel Mokyr

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Economics and History


Areas of Focus

  • Economic history of Europe, specializing in the period 1750-1914


  • Economic and intellectual roots of technological change
  • Impact that industrialization and economic progress have had on economic welfare


Mokyr is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy,  the Econometric Society, as well as the Dutch Royal Academy and the Italian Accademia dei Lincei. He has been the president of the Economic History Association and a co-editor of the Journal of Economic History. He was the 2006 winner of the biennial Heineken Prize awarded by the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences for lifetime achievements in historical science. In 2015, he was awarded the International Balzan Prize for economic history (awarded every 20 years) for his groundbreaking work on the economic history of Europe and roots of technological change. His most recent book is “A Culture of Growth: Origins of the Modern Economy” (Princeton University Press, 2016).