The Center for Economic History at Northwestern University was established in 2013 with seed money from the University. It is co-directed by Professors Joel Mokyr (Economics and History) and Joseph Ferrie (Economics and History). The Center has a large number of affiliates from the Economics and History Departments in WCAS as well as from Kellogg School of Management and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
The Center hosts resident postdoctoral trainees who work on their research as well as interact regularly with the faculty students affiliated with the Center. It employs a full time research assistant, who aids the students and faculty affiliated with the Center with their research projects.
Among our activities are weekly seminars of visiting scholars (on Wednesdays 3:30-5:00) and regular Friday lunch meetings of the faculty and students affiliated with the Center in which students present their preliminary research results. The Center sponsors the bi-annual dinner of the Greater Chicago Area Friends of Economic History, which attracts scholars from a dozen institutions in the Chicago area and hosts world-renowned scholars in the field. A number of international conferences are in the planning stage.