Stephen Broadberry is a Professorial fellow and a Professor of Economic History, Oxford University. He is also a Research Theme Leader at the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE), University of Warwick, and Director of the Economic History Programme at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). He has also taught at the London School of Economics and the Universities of Warwick and Cardiff, and held visiting positions at University of British Columbia, University of California, Berkeley, Humboldt University, Berlin, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) Barcelona, and Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo.
His research interests include: (1) the development of the world economy from 1000 A.D. to the present, using a historical national accounting approach to shed light on the "Great Divergence" of productivity and living standards between Europe and Asia; (2) sectoral aspects of comparative growth and productivity performance during the 19th and 20th centuries, with an emphasis on the role of services; and (3) wars and economic performance.
He has been Editor of the Economic History Review, and also Editor of the European Review of Economic History. He is currently President of the Economic History Society, and has been President of the European Historical Economics Society, and a Trustee of a number of other economic history organisations, including the Asian Historical Economics Society, the Cliometric Society, the Economic History Association and the International Economic History Association. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2016.
His books include The British Economy Between the Wars: A Macroeconomic Survey (Blackwell, 1986); The Productivity Race, 1850-1990: British Manufacturing in International Perspective, 1850-1990 (Cambridge University Press (CUP), 1997); Market Services and the Productivity Race, 1850-2000: British Performance in International Perspective (CUP, 2006), the 2-volume Cambridge Economic History of Europe, edited with Kevin O’Rourke (CUP, 2010) and British Economic Growth, 1270-1870, co-authored with Bruce Campbell, Alexander Klein, Mark Overton and Bas van Leeuwen (CUP, 2015).
The historical roots of India’s booming service economy
13 Jan 2017
India stands out from other emerging economies because its growth has been led by the service sector rather than labour-intensive manufactures. This column summarises recent research showing that India has a long history of strength in services, and its service-led development may play to historical strengths rather than hindering its progress.
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