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Peter Lindert


  • Ph.D., Cornell University, February 1967
  • Pre-doctoral guest scholar, Brookings Institution, 1965–1966
  • A.B., Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, 1962.


Peter Lindert has expertise in economic history and public economics. He is a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Research Focus

Professor Lindert studies the causes and effects of modern fiscal redistribution; and the history of inequality, political voice and economic growth.

Selected Publications

** Peter H. Lindert and Jeffrey G. Williamson. 2016. Unequal Gains: American Growth andInequality since 1700. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016.

** Jan Bakija, Lane Kenworthy, Peter Lindert, and Jeffrey Madrick, 2016. How Big Should Our Government Be? Berkeley: University of California Press.

** "Private Welfare and the Welfare State". In Larry Neal and Jeffrey. G. Williamson (eds.), The Cambridge History of Capitalism: Volume 2: The Spread of Capitalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014, Chapter 14, pp. 464-500.

** Peter H. Lindert and Steven Nafziger. "Russian Inequality on the Eve of Revolution". Journal of Economic History 74, 3 (September 2014): 767-798.

** Peter H. Lindert and Jeffrey G. Williamson. "American Incomes before and after the Revolution". Journal of Economic History 73, 3 (September 2013): 725-765.

** "Prindustrial Inequality". (With Branko Milanovic and Jeffrey G. Williamson). Economic Journal 121 (March 2011): 255-272.

** "The Uneven Rise of American Public Schools to 1850". (With Sun Go.) Journal of Economic History 70, 1 (March 2010): 1-26.

** Growing Public: Social Spending and Economic Growth since the Eighteenth Century. Two Volumes. Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Translations to other languages: (a) Välfädsstatens expansion (in Swedish, 2005), (b) Spesa sociale e crescita (in Italian, 2007), (c) El ascenso del sector público (in Spanish, 2011).

** Download the "cv" for a fuller list of scholarly works, and click on "Papers" for some policy pieces.


  • Fellow, Cliometric Society, elected 2014
  • Jonathan Hughes Prize for Excellence in Teaching Economic History, awarded by the Economic History Association, 2007
  • Allan Sharlin Prize for best book in social science history, 2005
  • Co-winner of the Gyorgy Ranki Prize for the best book in European Economic History, 2003–2004
  • UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement, 1999
  • UC Davis, Academic Senate, Distinguished Teaching Award, 1995
  • Inaugural Thomas Mayer Award for Distinguished Teaching in Economics, December 1994