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DIEBOLT Claude

Economiste, Directeur de Recherche au CNRS
Ancien Directeur des UMR BETA/CNRS et LAMETA/CNRS
Fondateur, Directeur de la publication et Rédacteur en chef de Cliometrica
Editeur en chef du Handbook of Cliometrics
Président Fondateur de l’Association Française de Cliométrie
Ancien Président de la Cliometric Society (USA)
Membre du Conseil d’Administration de l’Economic History Association (USA)
Président du Comité National de la Recherche Scientifique (Section 37)
Membre du Comité d’Experts de l’ERC Advanced Grant (SH1)
Priv.-Doz. / Professeur associé à l’Université Humboldt de Berlin


University of Strasbourg & BETA, Faculty of Economics
61 Avenue la Forêt Noire, 67085 Strasbourg, France

Courriels : cdiebolt unistra.fr, claude.diebolt hu-berlin.de, cdiebolt cliometrie.org

Récentes publications (2015-2016) : The US Industrial Cycles, Cliometrics and General Equilibrium, Handbook of Cliometrics, Cliometrica after 10 years, Business Cycles in the Run of History, Environmental Kuznets Curve, Volatile Population Dynamics, Clio’s Contributions to Economics and History, Cliometrics and Systemic Regulation, Did Gender-Bias Matter, Modelling Education Dynamics, Experimental Cliometrics, The Fertility-Education Nexus, The Reichsbank, Cliometrics of Paradoxes, Regional Human Capital Inequality, The Impact of Human Capital on Innovation, Human Capital and Market Access.

News 2016/2017 : Lecture on Cliometrics at the invitation of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Invitation to participate in the Annual Cliometric Society Conference, Flash Lecture on Cliometrics during the Colloque interdisciplinaire "Le Temps", Program Chair at the 65th Annual Meeting of the French Economic Association, Invited Lecture on Cliometrics in the frame of the 19th Summer School of History of Economic Thought, Economic Philosophy and Economic History, Invitation to participate in the 2016 Annual Economic History Association Meeting, Invited Panelist on Cliometrics during the 40ème anniversaire du CERDI, Invited CREM/Mini Lecture on Cliometrics, Paper presentation on Cliometrics during the Annual Conference of the Social Science History Association, Organizer of the American Economic Association session in remembrance of Robert Fogel and Douglass North, Organizer of the 8th World Congress of Cliometrics, Invitation to participate in the 2017 Annual Economic History Association Meeting - Chair of the Alexander Gerschenkron Prize.

New & Forthcoming books published at Springer Verlag : Dynamics of Distribution and Diffusion of New Technology. A Contribution to the Historical, Economic and Social Route of a Developing Economy, Understanding Demographic Transitions. An Overview of French Historical Statistics, Cliometrics of the Family. Global Patterns and Their Impact on Diverging Development, Einführung in die Bildungsökonomie in historischer Perspektive, 2nd Edition of the Handbook of Cliometrics.

Liens : Cliometrica, Historical Statistics/Historische Statistik, Nécrologie en hommage à Robert Fogel.

Cliometrics is of recent origin. Today one can even say that it is an expanding domain in economics, contributing to new debates or challenging old conventional wisdom. The use of econometric techniques and economic theory has not solely contributed to rejuvenating economic history debates and made quantitative arguments unavoidable ; it has also contributed to the slow emergence of a new historical awareness among micro- and macroeconomists. But cliometrics does not concern economics in the limited, technical meaning of the term. It modifies historical research in general. It represents the quantitative projection of social sciences in the past. Cliometrica is an original illustration of the validity of this belief. As the founder, the publication director and the managing editor of the journal I attempt, with Wertfreiheit, to animate the debate by providing a leading forum for the exchange of ideas and research, covering all facets, all historical periods, and all parts of the world. I encourage the methodological debate (not a sterile Methodenstreit), the use of economic theory, mathematical model building, and the reliance upon quantification to support analytical frameworks with historical data. Moreover, I stress the use of standard historical knowledge, wie es eigentlich gewesen ist, to suggest new avenues of research as well as the use of statistical theory and econometrics to combine models with data into a single consistent explanation. In so doing, my main ambition is, in the continuity of Gustav Schmoller’s German Historical School and of Lucien Febvre’s and Marc Bloch’s Annales School (both created in Strasbourg in 1870-1880 and 1920-1930), to close the gap between Geisteswissenschaften and Naturwissenschaften, i.e. to move from the historical verstehen or understanding side to the economic erklären or explaining side or, much better, mixing both approaches, facts and stylized facts, explaining the economic experience of the past and understanding the ways in which economic factors influence social and political developments, for an increased knowledge of the past, present and future economic and social development of developed and developing economies, for the achievement of a unified approach of the social sciences (Diebolt, 2016).