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Lamoreaux, Naomi

Sunderland Fellow

441 Hutchins Hall

Naomi R. Lamoreaux is Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics and History at Yale University and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She received her Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins in 1979 and has taught at Brown and the University of California, Los Angeles before moving to Yale in 2010. She has written The Great Merger Movement in American Business, 1895-1904 and Insider Lending:  Banks, Personal Connections, and Economic Development in Industrial New England, edited eight other books, and published numerous articles on business, economic, and financial history.  She also co-edited the Journal of Economic History.  

Professor Lamoreaux has served as Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at the University of Cambridge in 2018-19.  She has been elected president of the Business History Conference and the Economic History Association and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Cliometrics Society, and the Economic History Association.  She has been awarded the Alice Hanson Jones book prize, the Henrietta Larson, PEAES, and Arthur Cole article prizes, the Harold Williamson Prize for an outstanding business historian in mid-career, the Cliometrics award (the “Clio Can”) for exceptional support to that field, and the Business History Conference’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  

Her current research interests include patenting and the market for technology in the late nineteenth and twentieth century U.S., business organizational forms and contractual freedom in the U.S. and Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the public/private distinction in U.S. history, and constitutional change in the U.S. state governments in the nineteenth century. 

Recent Publications

Economic Crisis, General Laws, and the Mid-Nineteenth-Century Transformation of American Political Economy. NBER Working Paper No. 27400. Forthcoming.
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"The Problem of Bigness: From Standard Oil to Google." Journal of Economic Perspectives 33, no. 3 (2019): 94-117.
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Editor. The Bretton Woods Agreements: Together with Scholarly Commentaries and Essential Historical Documents. Ian Shapiro, co-editor. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2019.

"Opening the Black Box of the Common-Law Legal Regime: Contrasts in the Development of Corporate Law in Britain and the United States in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries." Ron Harris, co-author. Business History 61, no. 7 (2019): 1199-221.
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Editor. Organizations, Civil Society, and the Roots of Development. John Joseph Wallis, co-editor. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

"Cultural Change and Business History." Business and Economic History On-Line, no. 15 (2017): 1-8.
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Editor. Corporations and American Democracy. William J. Novak, co-editor. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2017.

"Contractual Freedom and Corporate Governance in Britain in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries." Ron Harris and Timothy W. Guinnane, co-authors. Business History Review 91, no. 2 (2017): 227-77.
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"Regulatory Races: The Effects of Jurisdictional Competition on Regulatory Standards." Bruce G. Carruthers, co-author. Journal of Economic Literature 54, no. 1 (2016): 52-97.
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"Corporate Governance and the Expansion of the Democratic Franchise: Beyond Cross-Country Regressions." Scandinavian Economic History Review 64, no. 2 (2016): 103-21.
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"Beyond the Old and the New: Economic History in the United States." In Routledge Handbook of Global Economic History. 1st ed., edited by Francesco Boldizzoni and Pat Hudson, 35-54. Routledege International Handbooks. New York: Routledge, 2016.