A Great leap Forward: 1930s Depression and U.S. Economic Growth

Michel and Mary Orradre Professor of Economics, Santa Clara University

Professor Field is the Michel and Mary Orradre Professor of Economics at Santa Clara University and Executive Director of the Economic History Association.

His research is in two main areas. The first is U.S. macroeconomic history with a focus on technology and productivity. His book, A Great Leap Forward:1930s Depression and U.S. Economic Growth, was published by Yale University Press in April 2011.  The second, aimed at better integrating the human sciences, is reflected in his 2001 book Altruistically Inclined? The Behavioral Sciences, Evolutionary Theory, and the Origins of Reciprocity, which won the 2003 Alpha Sigma Nu National Book Award in the Social Sciences. 

At Santa Clara University he has served as acting Academic Vice President (1986-87), on the University’s Board of Trustees (1988-91), as Associate and Acting Dean of the Leavey School of Business between 1993 and 1997, and as chair of the Economics Department between 1988 and 1993. Since 2004, he has been Executive Director of the Economic History Association.  He taught previously at Stanford University.

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