Young Scholars Workshop

The Working Group on the History of Economic Thought of the Institute of New Economic Thinking Young Scholars Initiative (INET YSI) is organising a Young Scholars Workshop on Methods in the History of Economic Thought.

The conference is organised at the University of Antwerp (Antwerp, Belgium) on 17 May 2017.

Since most young historians of economic thought are economists by training, they are well-versed in economic or rather quantitative methods. Unfortunately, an economics background does not often include relevant methods for history of economic thought – such as qualitative or historical methods. As a result, young historians of economic thought are disadvantaged, struggling through their doctoral training trying to better familiarize themselves with different historical or qualitative methods essential for their research. 

This one-day workshop therefore aims to increase the awareness of and familiarity with historical and appropriate qualitative methods.

The workshop will be organized around selected texts on methods useful for history of economic thought. The workshop will not discuss history of economic methodology, but rather appropriate methods for carrying out history of economic thought research.

There will be two senior scholars with relevant methodological skills, who will both present and take part in discussions during the day. The workshop will include detailed discussions and activities on specific methods relevant to the field.


Maria Bach King's College London
WC2R 2 LS London
United Kingdom


Reinhard Schumacher Universit├Ąt Potsdam
August-Bebel-Str. 89
14482 Postdam