Dr Brian A’Hearn

Fellow and Tutor in Economics
(01865) 276435

Teaching activities

  • History and Economics
  • Politics, Philosophy, and Economics
  • Economics and Management

Detailed Biography

Research interests

Economic history of Europe, particularly Italy: economic growth, institutions, human capital and education, technology, business cycles, banking, cities and regions, anthropometrics, living standards and inequality.


“The Anthropometric History of the Mediterranean World,” in The Oxford Handbook of Economics and Human Biology, J. Komlos ed. (Oxford: OUP, forthcoming).

“The British industrial revolution in a European mirror,” Ch. 1 in The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain, R. Floud, J. Humphries and P. Johnson, eds. (Cambridge: CUP, 2014), vol. 1 pp. 1-52.

“Regional Disparities: Internal Geography and External Trade,” Ch. 21 in Oxford Handbook of the Italian Economy, 1861-2011, G. Toniolo, ed. (Oxford: OUP, 2012). With T. Venables.

“Statura,” Ch. 2; “Istruzione,” Ch. 5 in In Ricchezza e povertà. Il benessere degli italiani dall’Unità a oggi, G. Vecchi, ed. (Bologna: Il Mulino, 2011). With G. Vecchi.

“Quantifying Quantitative Literacy: Age Heaping and the History of Human Capital," Journal of Economic History, vol. 69, no. 4 (2009). With J. Baten and D. Crayen,

“Height and the Normal Distribution: Evidence from Italian Military Data," Demography, vol. 46, no. 1 (2009). With F. Peracchi and G. Vecchi.

“Russian Living Standards Under the Tsars: Anthropometric Evidence from the Volga,” Journal of Economic History, vol. 68, no. 3 (2008), pp. 900-929. With B. Mironov.

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