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Peter Harrison LINDERT


Peter Harrison LINDERT, economist in the field of Economic History; International Economics; Demographic Economics. NDEA Fellow Econometrics and Quantitative Techniques, 5; Ford Doctoral Fellow, 1965-1966; Scholar, Brookings Institute, Institution, 1965-1966; Distinguished Speaker Exchange Program, People’s Republic China.


LINDERT, Peter Harrison was born in 1940 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America.


Bachelor of Arts Princeton University, 1962. Doctor of Philosophy Cornell University, 1967.


Management Intern, Office International Affairs, United States Treasury, 1963, 1964. Assistant Professor, Association Professor of Economics, University Wisconsin, 1966-1978. Visiting Lector, University Essex, England, 1969-1970, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1978.

Professor of Economics, University California Davis, since 1978. Editor, Exp lor. Economics History, 1971-1973. Editorial Board, Journal of Economic History, 1979.

Co-editor, Research Popular Economics, 1980-1982.


  • NDEA Fellow Econometrics and Quantitative Techniques, 5. Ford Doctoral Fellow, 1965-1966. Scholar, Brookings Institute, Institution, 1965-1966.

    Distinguished Speaker Exchange Program, People’s Republic China.



International monetary problems were the focus of my doctoral thesis and an early article. By 1978 the interest in international economics had been channelled into revising editions of the leading texts in this field, jointly with C. P. Kindleberger, until the forthcoming solo 1986 edition. Meanwhile, the joy of economic history brought forays into a wide range of topics, including the appraisal of industrial entrepreneurship and the determinants of land scarcity.

A large project on the economic dimensions of fertility in the mid-1970s brought reinterpretations of the fertility-inequality link and a new method for defining and measuring the relative cost of an extra child. Since the late 1970s, two large projects on the history of inequality, in collaboration with J. G. Williamson, have produced books and articles on American and British inequality trends since the 17th century. These combined fresh data-mining and basic reinterpretations of the timing and causes of inequality movements. One byproduct of the British inequality project was a recasting of the long debate over English workers’ well-being during the industrial revolution.

Research interests are now shifting toward more contemporary macroeconomic policy issues, though past wanderlust will surely continue.