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Leandro Prados de la Escosura

Emeritus professor of economic history

Department of social sciences

Universidad Carlos III Madrid

Calle Madrid, 126

Getafe (Madrid) 28903



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Leandro Prados-de-la-Escosura is Emeritus Professor at Universidad Carlos III, Madrid and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research. He holds a D. Phil. (Oxford) and a Ph.D. Economics (Complutense, Madrid). He has taught at Georgetown University (Prince of Asturias Professor) and University of California, San Diego. He has been Honorary Maddison Chair (Groningen), Leverhulme Professorial Fellow (LSE), Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford, and Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute (Florence). 


He has served as President of the European Historical Economics Society (EHES) (2001-2003), and at the Executive Committee of the International Economic History Association (2006-2012). He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Economic Surveys and Cliometrica, and has been chief editor of Revista de Historia Económica (1990-1994). He belongs to the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Review of Economic History, Explorations in Economic History, and the Scandinavian Economic History Review.


He has published and edited monographs on long-run growth and distribution in Spain, Latin America since its independence, the costs and benefits of European imperialism, British exceptionalism at the time of the Industrial Revolution, and the sources of long run growth. He is the author of Spanish Economic Growth, 1850-2015 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) and Human Development and the Path to Freedom (Cambridge University Press, 2022). His current research interests are economic freedom and well-being in historical perspective and Spain’s economic development in the very long run.

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