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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 du Handbook of Cliometrics et de la Série Frontiers in Economic History
Président Fondateur de l’Association Française de Cliométrie
Ancien Président du Conseil d’Administration de la Cliometric Society (USA)
Organisateur du 8th World Congress of Cliometrics
Président du Comité National de la Recherche Scientifique (Section 37)
Ancien Président du Comité ANR-DFG en Sciences Humaines et Sociales

Ancien Privatdozent à l’Université Humboldt de Berlin
40ème Président de l’Association Française de Science Economique


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

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

Sélection de 10 publications passées (2015-2017) : Handbook of Cliometrics, Cliometrica after 10 years, The US Industrial Cycles, Cliometrics and General Equilibrium, Business Cycles in the Run of History, Dynamics of Distribution and Diffusion of New Technology, Clio’s Contributions to Economics and History, Understanding Demographic Transitions, Behind the Fertility-Education Nexus, The Power of Big Data.

Book Series Frontiers in Economic History (newly created).
2nd Edition du Handbook of Cliometrics (newly published). Traduction chinoise à paraître.
"Neither the Elite, nor the Mass. The Rise of Intermediate Human Capital..." (in press) : Cliometrica.
"Patents in the Long Run : Theory, History and Statistics" (in press) : History & Mathematics.
"Cliometrics" (newly published) : SAGE Research Methods Foundations.
"We are Ninjas..." (newly published) : Sartoniana (Sarton Medal Lecture, pp. 197-220).
"Clio and the Value of Database Creation" (newly published) : Annals of the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi.
"How Cliometrics has Infiltrated Economics" (newly published) : Annals of the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi.
"Le capital humain : perspectives historiques..." (newly published) : Revue d’Economie Politique.
"Human Capital and Economic Growth" (online published) : Encyclopedia of International Higher Education.
"Mixing History of Economic Thought with Cliometrics..." (newly published) : EJHET.
"Learning Outside the Factory : A Cliometric Reappraisal..." (newly published) : EJHET.
"An Experimental Analysis of the Cliometric Model of Glutting" (newly published) : Education Economics.

Livres récents : Cliometrics of the Family, Bildungsökonomie, Wissensökonomie.
Articles récents : Cliometrica, Education Economics, Applied Economics.
Chronique et Numéro spécial : Revue d’Economie Financière, Revue d’Economie Politique.
Récents Working Papers : A Cliometric Model, Cliometrics, Patents, Ninjas, Spleen.
Nouveaux Working Papers : Héritage des Annales, Gender Equality, Piaget, Cliometrics of Climate Change.
Billets de blog : Entretiens de l’AFSE aux Jéco, Lessons from the Past, La mesure du temps, Schmoller.
Recension, Compte-rendu, Interview : A Culture of Growth, Journal of Economic History, Building Bridges.
Vidéos : Spirit of Cliometrics, Role of Economic History in Economics, COVID-19 (Résumé).

Some news (2016-2022) : 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 at the 40ème anniversaire du CERDI, Invited CREM/Mini Lecture on Cliometrics, Organizer of the American Economic Association session in remembrance of Robert Fogel and Douglass North, Invited Cliometric Reading of Deirdre McCloskey, Invited Cliometrics Lecture at Ghent University, Grande Conférence du BETA, Chair of the Cliometric session at the 66th Annual Meeting of the French Economic Association, 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, Invited Panelist on Cliometrics of Growth during the 20èmes Rendez-vous de l’histoire, Invited paper presentation on Cliometrics during the Workshop Industrialization and Human Capital in the Long Run, Organizer of "Les Entretiens de l’AFSE" by the invitation of Les Journées de l’Economie 2017, Organizer of the American Economic Association session on Whither the Future of Economic History ? Scientific Committee member of the 2nd European Macrohistory Workshop, Invited Cliometrics Seminar at Carlos III University of Madrid, Chair of the Cliometric sessions at the 67th Annual Meeting of the French Economic Association, Invited Cliometrics Seminar at Paris Dauphine University, Invited Cliometrics Conference at the University Clermont-Auvergne, Président des Plumes et Caméras de l’Economie et du Droit, Organizer of the American Economic Association session on What Role (if any) should Economic History Play in the Training of an Economist ?, George Sarton Medal Lecture, Lecture on Cliometrics by the invitation of the Hungarian Economic Association, 11th BETA Workshop in Historical Economics, Presidential Lecture at the 68th Annual Meeting of the French Economic Association, Invited Panelist on Funding Opportunities at the ERC during the EHES 2019 Congress, Invited Panelist on Publications in Law and Economics during the AFED 2019 Congress, 12th BETA Workshop in Historical Economics, Chair of the Cliometric sessions of the 69th Annual Meeting of the French Economic Association, Organizer of the World Economic History Congress session on The State of Economic History.

Liens : Cliometrica, AFC Working Papers 2005-2020, Historical Time Series, Nécrologie / Robert Fogel (1926-2013), La cliométrie fait rimer histoire et économie, Humankapital in Europa, Kondratieff Waves, Chronique d’Histoire Financière, Studies in Economic History.

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).