Welcome to BEHL

The Berkeley Economic History Laboratory (BEHL) was established in 2011 with core funding from the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET). BEHL seeks to expand the supply of economic historians doing policy-relevant research and to influence the training of economists and conduct of economic analysis. BEHL is designed as a vehicle for attracting young scholars into economic history. It provides a research environment conducive to gathering new historical data and conducting serious historical research relevant to current policy concerns.

To learn more about BEHL, see Professor Barry Eichengreen, one of BEHL’s faculty, discuss the Lab in “Why Economics Needs History” as part of INET’s grantee interview series “30 Ways To Be an Economist. ” You can also see INET’s Executive Director Rob Johnson during his December 2010 visit to the UC Berkeley campus to talk with students and professors at the Graduate School of Economics. View the documentary-style video of the visit.

What’s New

BEHL fellowship and grant applications are open until May 20. BEHL awards three fellowships yearly for continuing Ph.D. students. Recipients will work with one or more members of the Berkeley Economic History Laboratory faculty on joint research projects.

The First-Year Fellowship is presented to an entering graduate student indicating an interest in pursuing economic history.

The Second-Year Mentored Fellowship  is awarded to current first-year Ph.D. students in economics enrolled in Economics 210a who have completed or are soon to complete their 210a research paper and who, through their research project proposal display an interest or potential interest in economic history.

The Continuing Student Mentored Fellowship is awarded to full-time Ph.D. students in economics who have completed their first year of graduate study when submitting an application and are conducting or contemplating research in economic history.

Small grants are also available to Berkeley Ph.D. students for archival visits, data gathering, digitization of historical data, and other dissertation-related projects. Students should feel free to apply regardless of field so long as their project has an historical dimension. There is no set deadline.

For more information and instructions for applying, visit the Fellowships & Grants page.

The BEHL Economic History seminar has resumed. Professor Brad De Long is hosting for the spring semester. Click here to see the complete schedule and to download seminar papers.

A new paper has  been added to the BEHL Working Paper series. John Tang from The Australian National University has submitted “The Engine and the Reaper: Industrialization and Mortality in Early Modern Japan” (WP2016-01). Visit the Working Papers page to see this and other BEHL working papers. To inquire about contributing a paper to the series, contact Professor Barry Eichengreen.

BEHL Brown-Bag Lunches have resumed. Go to the  Seminars & Events page for details.