He is an economic historian of late modern Spain and Latin America, with interests in transport, public policies, economic growth and income distribution. After his BAs in Economics (1993) and History (1996) at the University of Zaragoza, in 2002 he has obtained a PhD in Economic History at LSE, with a dissertation on the topic of Infrastructure and Economic Growth in Spain, 1845-1935 (Supervisors: Dr. Nicholas Crafts and Dr. Dudley E. Baines).
Her activity at the College began in the fall of 2009 as an assistant professor in the department of Economics, shortly after finishing her PhD at the University of California, Davis. Under the direction of Peter H. Lindert and Alan M. Taylor, her dissertation looked at the links between globalization, growth, and inequality in Latin America since the 19th century. Leticia's research interests are economic growth and development in the very long run. She is particularly interested in the nature and sources of economic growth and the interactions with economic development looking at specific issues such as inequality and poverty, trade, migration, and institutions. She is also a member of NSF-funded Global Price and Income History Group. She teaches courses in her areas of expertise: macroeconomics, economic development, and economic growth.
Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, she got her B.A. in Economics at the Argentine Catholic University and an M.A. in Latin American Studies at the the University of Kansas. She also worked as a financial analyst for a few years in her home country.
Jörg received his Master of Arts in Economic History from the University of Freiburg, Germany, in 1991. Dates back to 1997 his doctoral dissertation in Economics (University of München) on the topic of Nutrition and Economic Development in Bavaria, 1730-1880, while in 2001 he received a second PhD from the University of München with a dissertation on the topic of The Creation, Productivity, and Success of Firms in Germany, 1878-1914.
Three broad themes have characterized his research during the last years: the econometric history of firms and innovations, the study of welfare development and growth in economies around the world, and the long-run development of education and human capital in global perspective.
Jörg Baten is also CEPR Fellow, CESifo Fellow, President-Elect of the European Historical Economics Society, Co-editor for Economics and Human Biology and Executive Committee Member of the International Economic History Association (IEHA).
He is chief editor of the journal Popolazione e Storia and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Economic History and of Genus. He is also the organizer of the international scientific networks EI-Net (Economic Inequality Network) and, together with Vincent Gourdon, Patrinus.
An economic and social historian and an historical demographer, he published extensively on Early Modern Italy and Europe, specialising in economic inequality, in the history of epidemics and famines, and in social alliance systems. He is the Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded research project EINITE-Economic Inequality across Italy and Europe, 1300-1800, whose aim is to reconstruct long-term trends in wealth and income inequality in different areas of the continent. His recent publications include Calamities and the Economy in Renaissance Italy (Palgrave, 2013) and Economic Inequality in Northwestern Italy: A Long-Term View (Fourteenth to Eighteenth Centuries), The Journal of Economic History (2015, forthcoming).
Prof. Giovanni Vecchi has presented the HHB Project at the European Historical Economics Society Conference 2015, hosted in Pisa on September 4-5.
The presentation has taken place on September 5, during the session Inequality II, on the theme of Living standards, inequality and poverty around the world, 1815-2015: a new household budget approach.