Joel Mokyr

Joel Mokyr is the Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Economics and History, Northwestern University. He works on the economic history of Europe, and specializes in the period 1750-1914. His current research is concerned with the understanding of the economic and intellectual roots of technological progress and the growth of useful knowledge in European societies, as well as the impact that industrialization and economic progress have had on economic welfare. He is editor-in-chief of the Princeton University Press Economic History of the Western World, and the Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Economic History and served as President of the Economic History Association. He is the winner (2006) of the biennial Heineken Award for History offered by the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences.

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The Power of Ideas
Author: An interview with introduction by Brian Snowdon

Joel Mokyr is one of the world’s leading economic historians, known internationally for his numerous publications on the history of technology and the Industrial Revolution. He has also written extensively on demographic issues and Irish economic history. In this interview, Professor Mokyr discusses with Brian Snowdon (who provides a background introduction to set the interview in context), a wide range of issues relating to economics, economic history, technology, the Industrial Revolution, and the influence of the ‘Industrial Enlightenment’.

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