The objective of the Figuerola Institute, created in the spring of 2002, is to foster investigation and teaching in the field of quantitative economic history, connecting with other areas of knowledge such as history, law, economics, geography, political sciences and sociology. We intend to develop advanced studies in the field of economic history and institutional analysis from the broad perspective of the social sciences.
The Institute takes its name, Laureano Figuerola, as a tribute to the most outstanding liberal economist in 19th century Spain, founder of the “Institución Libre de Enseñanza” and creator of the peseta. Even though it was born principally from the interests of the academic group working in the Department of Economic History and Institutions of the Carlos III University of Madrid, the Institute hopes to develop into an open forum of research and discussion including researchers from other institutions and proposing activities encompassing the fields of historical, economic and social analysis.
The international preferences of the Institute lie mainly in the design of projects which transcend purely national interests, highlighting activities which reflect European and South American issues.
In order to achieve this objective the ILFHEI has equipped itself with an administrative organization which grants priority to four fields: the management of administration and support to Research Projects, the development of a group of working papers, the organization of Conferences and Seminars and Post-graduate activities.