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Spleen: the failures of the cliometric school

Fenoaltea, Stefano (2018): Spleen: the failures of the cliometric school.

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Abstract

This paper argues that we cliometricians have failed as economists, because we did not drag the profession out of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth; that we have failed as historians, because we do not take measurement seriously, and misapprehend “the data”; and that we failed signally as economic historians, because we backcast “GDP” as if it measured gross domestic product.

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