Bob MargoPhD, Harvard University

Fields: Economic History, Labor Economics

Contact Info:
270 Bay State Road, Room 311
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 353-6819

Curriculum Vita Biographical Sketch Current Working Papers Selected Recent Publications
Biographical Sketch

Robert A. Margo is Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, at Boston University; and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1982. From 1981 to 1986 he taught at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1987 he moved to Colgate University where he held the Banfi Vintners’ Distinguished Professorship in American Economic History. From 1989 to 2005 he taught at Vanderbilt University. Margo has been a visiting professor at Harvard University and at Bard College, and a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City. A specialist in the history of the American economy with particular emphasis on the economic history of African-Americans, Margo is the author, co-author or co-editor of 6 books and 160+ articles, book chapters and book reviews. He has served on the editorial boards of many journals, including the Journal of Economic History, the American Economic Review, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics; and he has served as editor or co-editor of the Southern Economic Journal and of Explorations in Economic History. Margo was elected a Fellow of the Cliometric Society in 2012 and he served as President of the Economic History Association in 2014-15. In 2018 he received the Provost’s Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award, one of Boston University’s highest honors.

Margo is an accomplished performer on classical guitar, mandolin, renaissance and baroque lutes. He performs regularly with the Hampton Trio, Providence (Rhode Island) Mandolin Orchestra and the New American Mandolin Ensemble.

Current Working Papers
“‘Mechanization Takes Command’: Inanimate Power and Labor Productivity in Late Nineteenth Century American Manufacturing”
Selected Recent Publications

“The Integration of Economic History into Economics,” Cliometrica (September 2018)

“Gallman Revisited: Blacksmithing and American Manufacturing, 1850-1870,” Cliometrica (January 2019)

“‘Automation’ of Manufacturing in the Late Nineteenth Century: The Hand and Machine Labor Study,” Journal of Economic Perspectives (Spring 2019)