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Leandro Prados de la Escosura

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Telephone: +34-91 624 9623
Fax: +34-91 624 9875
Office: 18.2.D.03

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Research interests

Economic Freedom in Historical Perspective
Growth, Inequality, and Well-being in Latin America since Independence
The Rise and Decline of Spain (800-1850)

Current research projects

2012-2015, Principal Investigator in the project financed by Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad Project ECO2012-38028 “Welfare and inequality in a preindustrial society: Spain,1500-1800”

 HIHD - Historical Human Development Index

The new Historical Index of Human Development (HIHD) includes also estimates of its main dimensions and covers up to 157 countries from 1850 to 2007.

 HIEL - Historical Index of Economic Liberty

The new Historical Index of Economic Liberty (HIEL) provide a long-run view of economic freedom and its main dimensions covering 21 of today’s advanced nations over 1850-2007.

Relevant publications

 “Economic Freedom in the Long Run: Evidence from OECD Countries (1850-2007)”, Economic History Review 69 (2016) DOI: 10.1111/ehr.12130 (forthcoming).

“Mismeasuring Long Run Growth. The Bias from Spliced National Accounts: The Case of Spain”, Cliometrica 10, 3 (2016).

“Human Development as Positive Freedom: Latin America in Historical Perspective”, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities 16, 3 (2015), pp. 342-373.

“World Human Development, 1870-2007”, Review of Income and Wealth 61, 2 (2015), pp. 220-247

“Capitalism and Human Welfare”, in L. Neal and J.G. Williamson (eds.), Cambridge History of Capitalism, 2 vols., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2014). Vol. 2 The Spread of Capitalism: Cambridge From 1848 to 2010, , pp. 501-529. ISBN 978-1-107-01964-5

“Human Development in Africa: A Long-run Perspective’, Explorations in Economic History 50, 2 (2013), pp. 179-204. 

“The Rise and Fall of Spain, 1270-1850”, Economic History Review (2013) 66, 1, pp. 1-37 (with Carlos Álvarez-Nogal).

“Output per Head in Pre-Independence Africa: Quantitative Conjectures”, Economic History of Developing Regions 27, 2 (2012), pp. 1-36.

“Economic Reforms and Growth in Franco’s Spain”, Revista de Historia Económica / Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History 30, 1 (2012), pp. 45-89 (with J.R. Rosés and I. Sanz-Villarroya).

“Improving Human Development: A Long-run View”, Journal of Economic Surveys 24, 5 (2010), pp. 841-894

“Human Capital and Economic Growth in Spain, 1850-2000”, Explorations in Economic History 47, 4 (2010), pp. 520-532 (with J.R. Rosés)

“Latin American Inequality in the Long Run”, Revista de Historia Económica / Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History 28, 2 (2010), pp. 1-8 (with L. Bértola and J.G. Williamson)

“Capital Accumulation in the Long-Run: The Case of Spain, 1850-2000”, Research in Economic History 27 (2010), pp. 93-152 (with J.R. Rosés)

“Spain’s International Position, 1850-1913”, Revista de Historia Económica / Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History 28, 1 (2010), pp. 1-43

“Trade and Empire” (con K.H. O’Rourke y G. Daudin), en Stephen N. Broadberry y Kevin H. O’Rourke(eds.), Cambridge Economic History of Modern Europe, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010 (en publicación)

“The Sources of Long-run Growth in Spain, 1850-2000”, Journal of Economic History 69, 4 (2009), pp. 1063-1091 (con J.R. Rosés)

“Lost Decades? Economic Performance in Post-Independence Latin America”, Journal of Latin American Studies 41, 2 (2009), pp. 279-307.

“Contract Enforcement, Capital Accumulation, and Argentina's Long-Run Decline” (con I. Sanz-Villarroya), Cliometrica 3, 1 (2009)

“Inequality, Poverty, and the Kuznets Curve in Spain, 1850-2000”, European Review of Economic History 12, 3 (2008), pp. 287-324.

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