Nicholas Crafts

Nicholas Crafts

Nicholas F. R. Crafts (born 9 March 1949, Nottingham, England) is Professor of Economics and Economic History at the University of Warwick, a post he has held since 2005. Previously he was a Professor of Economic History at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) between 1995-2005. He also teaches for the TRIUM Global Executive MBA Program, an alliance of NYU Stern, the LSE and HEC School of Management. His main fields of interest are the British economy in the last 200 years, European economic growth, historical data on the British economy, the Industrial Revolution and international income distribution, especially with reference to the Human Development Index. He has produced a substantial body of papers for academic journals, the British government and international institutions such as the International Monetary Fund.

During the 1980s Crafts argued that during the Industrial Revolution an abnormally high (compared to countries which industrialised later) proportion of the British economy came to be devoted to industry and international trade, and that the British economy always tended to grow slowly. When Britain was overtaken by Germany and the USA - both larger countries - in the late nineteenth century, this was not because of any deceleration of British performance.


Early life

Crafts attended the Brunts School.[1] He was a student at Trinity College, Cambridge and graduated in 1974.

Career summary

From 1971 to 1972 he was a lecturer in Economic History at the University of Exeter. 1974-1976 he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.1977-86 he was a fellow and praelector in economics at University College Oxford. 1987-1988 he was Professor of Economic History at the University of Leeds and from 1988-1995 he was Professor of Economic History, at the University of Warwick. From 1995 to 2005 he was Professor of Economic History, at the London School of Economics. In 2005 he rejoined the University of Warwick, where he lectures Economic History.

Selected publications

  • 1987, "economic history," The New Palgrave: A Dictionary of Economics, v. 2, pp. 37-42.
  • 1985, "British Economic Growth during the Industrial Revolution"

External links


  1. ^ CRAFTS, Prof. Nicholas Francis Robert’, Who's Who 2008, A & C Black, 2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 accessed 20 Aug 2008