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Nicholas Crafts

Curriculum Vitae

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Telephone: +44(0)247652 3468

Fax: +44(0) 2476 523032


Room: S0.68

Office Hours: Mondays, 0930-1130

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CAGE Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy

Director of ESRC Research Centre, CAGE: Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy

Research Interests

Historical experience of economic growth. Research topics include:

  • The Industrial Revolution
  • British relative economic decline
  • The history of general purpose technologies
  • Why growth rates differ.


EC9B5: Topics in Economic History and Development

Research and publications

Working papers

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Recent Keynote Lectures
  • World Economic History Congress, Kyoto, August 2015: "Diversity and Economic Development"  (PDF)
  • The Third Angus Maddison Development Lecture OECD Headquarters Paris, July 2014: "Catching Up and Falling Behind: Lessons from 20th Century Growth"  (PDF)

    The Lecture Series on Development in honour of Angus Maddison was launched in 2012, on the occasion of the OECD Development Centre's 50th Anniversary, and has since become a regular event of the Centre's Development Week. It aims to commemorate Angus Maddison, a renowned scholar on quantitative macroeconomic history and one of the founding fathers of the OECD Development Centre whose work has greatly influenced the development policy debate.

  • Maddison lecture at the University of Groningen, October 2013: Divergence Big Time: Geography Matters  (Powerpoint Presentation)

    This lecture examines the divergence in growth outcomes across the world since the Industrial Revolution. It argues that while economic historians are right to say that institutions matter they should also recognize the importance of the role geography has played especially through proximity to markets.

  • David Hume Institute in Edinburgh, November 2013: What Kind of Supply-Side Policy for the UK? What Implications for Scotland? (Powerpoint Presentation)

    This lecture reviews the role of supply-side policy in promoting stronger economic and better productivity performance. Specific aspects of policy where the UK could do better are identified including education, infrastructure, innovation, industrial and taxation policies. Then opportunities for Scotland to do things differently as an independent country are considered.

  • Royal Economics Society Policy Lecture 2012: Returning To Growth: Lessons From History (PDF Document)

    In both the 1930s and the 1980s, the UK economy made strong recoveries from recessions very similar to the current one. What can we learn from those experiences for today’s top policy priority of a return to growth? Delivering the Royal Economic Society (RES) annual policy lecture in London on Wednesday 17 October 2012, Professor Crafts summarised the policy lessons from those decades that are relevant to kick-starting recovery now (Read more...)

  • ICT as GPT (Powerpoint Presentation) This workshop, held between 11-12 April 2011, was the second of a series on the economic impact of ICT, organised by ICTNET and funded by the European Commission. The goal of the event was to bring together leading researchers in the economics of information and communication technologies (ICT) in order to discuss recent scientific contributions and outstanding policy challenges. Particular emphasis was placed on ICT, R&D and intangibles and ICT-enabled innovation.
  • Maddison Memorial Lecture
    This conference, which took place in November 2010 was first memorial conference in honour of Angus Maddison, which took place at the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam in November 2010. Angus Maddison was a world scholar on quantitative macroeconomic history, including the measurement and analysis of economic growth and development. He was professor at the University of Groningen from 1978 to 1997, and a founder of the Groningen Growth and Development Centre.
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