Joel Mokyr was born in Leiden, Netherlands in 1946. His parents were both survivors of the Holocaust and he was raised by his mother in Israel after his father’s untimely death. He earned a B.A. in economics and history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a M.Phil and Ph.D from Yale University.
He is widely known for his work in economic history and his examination of the causes and effects of the Industrial Revolution. His book, A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy was lauded as “Nobel-worthy” for its suggestion that growth arises from more than just markets and governments, and that culture and society are drivers of economic expansion as well. His work in this area has challenged long-held perceptions about the forces at play in economic growth. He has also asserted that societies resist new technologies due to fear of change to existing power structures, worries about unanticipated consequences, and social/cultural repercussions.
Mokyr is now editor-in-chief of The Princeton University Press Economic History of the Western World book series and a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a professor at Northwestern University and a Sackler Professional Fellow at the University of Tel Aviv’s Eitan Berglas School of Economics.
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Joel Mokyr is a Netherlands-born American-Israeli economic historian. He is a professor of economics and history at Northwestern University, where he has taught since 1974; in 1994 he was named the Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences. He is also a Sackler Professorial Fellow at the University of Tel Aviv's Eitan Berglas School of Economics.Source: Wikipedia
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