We are happy to invite you to the online lecture by Joel Mokyr "The Great Enrichment: How Western Europe Became Global Economic Leader in the 18th and 19th Centuries", held as part of the NES Guest Lecture Series.
The process of modern economic growth, or as it is also called, the Great Enrichment, has begun in Western Europe in the 18th century. However, it was not an inevitable part of the European history. How did an open market for ideas and political fragmentation lead Europe to wealth? And what was the role of culture, artisans and practical science in this process?
Moderator: Andrei Markevich, NES Professor.
About the lecturer
Professor Mokyr has a PhD from Yale University. His current research is concerned with the understanding of the economic and intellectual roots of technological progress and the growth of useful knowledge in European societies, as well as the impact that industrialization and economic progress had on economic welfare.
A former President of the Economic History Association, he served as the editor-in-chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History. Joel Mokyr is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a number of comparable institutions in Europe. He was the 2006 winner of the biennial Heineken Award for History offered by the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and the winner of the 2015 Balzan International Prize for economic history. His latest book A Culture of Growth: Origins of the Modern Economy was published in 2016.