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Research Project

Working Group on Comparative Economics

2013 – 2015

Project Summary

This group convened to discuss the comparative economic and historical analysis of societies, identifying ways that economic tools and analysis can advance historical research on the ancient world.

Research Team

Alain Bresson

Alain Bresson

Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Classics, History, the Oriental Institute, and the College

University of Chicago

Alain Bresson specializes in the ancient world, with particular interests in the ancient economy, the Hellenistic world, and the epigraphy of Rhodes and Asia Minor. To learn more about his research and publications, please visit his profile page at the Department of History.

Gary Herrigel

Gary Herrigel

Paul Klapper Professor of Political Science; Associate Faculty, Department of Sociology

University of Chicago

Gary Herrigel is interested in comparative political economy, organizations, and alternative forms of governance throughout the developed and developing world. He is author of three books, most recently Globale Qualitätsproduktion. Transnationale Produktionssysteme in der...

Richard Hornbeck

Richard Hornbeck

V. Duane Rath Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

University of Chicago

Richard Hornbeck is an economic historian and applied-micro economist whose research focuses on the historical development of the American economy. He views history as informing why some places and some people have become wealthier while others have remained poorer, which can provide perspective...

Brian Muhs

Brian Muhs

Associate Professor of Egyptology

University of Chicago

Brian Muhs is interested in the history of ancient Egyptian social, economic and legal institutions, particularly but not exclusively during the transition from Pharaonic to Ptolemaic and Roman rule. He is also interested in language contact and interaction, particularly between Demotic and...

David Schloen

David Schloen

Professor of Syro-Palestinian Archaeology, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; Associated Faculty, Divinity School

University of Chicago

David Schloen specializes in the archaeology and history of the Levant in the Bronze and Iron Ages (ca. 3500 to 300 BCE). His archaeological fieldwork began at Ashkelon in Israel, where he served as associate director and co-edited the series of excavation reports. He has also conducted...

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