Bob Allen - Research Pages
Further information and downloadable data files from Bob Allen's research.
See Academic Profile page.
Data - Age and Price History
- Northern Italy
Enclosure and the Yeoman
Below is a spreadsheet with data used my book Enclosure and the Yeoman. The data are time series of agricultural product and input prices for England and the south midlands. The data are used to compute indices of the prices of agricultural output and the inputs land, labour, and capital. These index numbers are used to show who again from the agricultural revolution in chapter 14 of Enclosure and the Yeoman. They are also used to compute total factor productivity, as shown. Data sources and weights used in the calculations are detailed in the file on sources.
Dictionary of Historical Weights and Measures
Tommy Murphy and I have been compiling the metric equivalents of weights and measures used in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The link explains the project and leads to a searchable database.
Historical Weights and Measures
Here are hyperlinks to a few of my published papers--not in journals, not otherwise on the web, or just handy to have.
- Bowhead Whales, Eastern Arctic: Population Reconstruction
- Collective Invention
- Community and Market in England
- Economic Growth and Income Distribution in British Columbia
- Economic Structure and Agricultural Productivity,1300-1850
- Enclosure and the Yeoman: chapter 1
- Engel's Pause: Cap Accum, Tech Progress, Inequality in Brit IR
- Great Divergence in European Wages and Prices, 1350-1800
- How Prosperous were the Romans?
- India in the Great Divergence
- Paying for University Education in British Columbia
- Progress and Poverty
- Real Incomes in the English Speaking World, 1879-1913
- Review of Clark's 'Farewell to Alms'
- Wages, Prices, Living Standards in China, 1738-1925
- Was there a timber crisis in early modern Europe?
- Agricultural Productivity & Incomes in England & Yangtze 1620-1820
- Agricultural Output and Income, 1300-1850
- Economics, Science, and the British Industrial Revolution
- Industrial Revolution in Miniature: spinning jenny in Britain, France, India
- Mr Lockyer Meets Index Number Problem, Canton-London 1704
- Nitrogen Hypothesis
- Pessimism Preserved: Real Wages in the British Industrial Revolution
- Real Wages and Living Standards in China, Japan, India, Europe, 1738-1925
Research in PowerPoint
Here are links to PowerPoint presentations about my research
Teaching: Approaches to History
Approaches to History is a course for first year undergraduate history students at Oxford. It is intended to introduce them to various social science approaches to history. The links are to three of my power point lectures describing the 'economic approach'.
Adam Smith and the Commercial Model
Great Divergence and the Rise of Science
Thomas Malthus and the Demographic Model
Teaching: Economic Growth in History
In 2004-5, Knick Harley and I taught 'Economic Growth in History' to graduate students in economics at Oxford.
I gave five lectures at the summer school in Paris on 7 - 11th July 2008 financed by the European Science Foundation and the European Commission (Marie Curie RTN, 'Unifying the European Experience'). The theme of the school was Economic and Social Inequalities in Historical Perspectives. The theme of the lectures was to examine the interaction between technology, social institutions, and income distribution by reviewing the famous stages and transitions of Mars's theory of history.
- Introduction: Marx's stages
- 1. The Origins of Agriculture and Private Property
- 2. Slavery in the Ancient World
- 3. The Great Divergence in World Incomes
- 4. Income Distribution during the Industrial Revolution
- 5. Capitalism and Communism in Russia/Soviet Union