Professor Sheilagh Ogilvie FBA

Economic History (Economics); Western Europe; Central Europe; Eastern Europe

Elected 2004

Sheilagh Ogilvie grew up in the western Canadian city of Calgary, but has since lived in Scotland, Germany, England, the USA and the Czech Republic. She is currently based in the UK, where she is Professor of Economic History at the University of Cambridge. She explores the lives of ordinary people in the past and tries to explain how poor economies get richer and improve human well-being. She holds degrees from the University of St Andrews (1979), Cambridge (1985), and Chicago (1992), and has been successively Lecturer (1989), Reader (2000), and Professor of Economic History (2004) in the Faculty of Economics at the University of Cambridge. She has published on institutions and economic development, the economics of guilds, merchants, rural communities, serfdom, human capital, consumption, retailing, occupational structure, demography, proto-industry, banking, female labour force participation, regulation, the growth of the state, and social capital. She is the winner of the Gyorgy Ranki Prize (1999), the Anton Gindeley Prize (2004), the René Kuczynski Prize (2004), and the Stanley Z. Pech Prize (2008).

Current post

University of Cambridge Professor of Economic History

Past appointments

University of Cambridge Professor of Economic History

2004 -

University of Cambridge Reader in Economic History

1999 -

University of Cambridge Lecturer in Economics

1989 - 1999


The Economics of Guilds

Published in 2014 by Journal of Economic Perspectives 28:4

Does the European Marriage Pattern Explain Economic Growth?

Published in 2014 by The Journal of Economic History 74:3

Institutions and European Trade: Merchant Guilds, 1000-1800

Published in 2011

A Bitter Living: Women, Markets and Social Capital in Early Modern Germany

Published in 2003

State Corporatism and Proto-Industry: the Wurttemberg Black Forest 1590-1797

Published in 1997

Germany: a new social and economic history, 1450-present

Published in 1995 1996, 2003

Three volumes

Nine Fellows of the British Academy on how their subjects could shape the 2020s

24 Jan 2020

Leading professors in the humanities and social sciences set out the challenges and opportunities facing their subjects in the 2020s.

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