Leandro Prados-de-la-Escosura (Spain, 1951), D. Phil. (Oxford University) and Ph.D. (Universidad Complutense, Madrid), Professor of Economic History and Researcher at the Figuerola Institute at Universidad Carlos III, Madrid. He is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research.
He has taught at Georgetown University and University of California, San Diego. Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford and the London School of Economics, and a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute.
He served as President of the European Historical Economics Society [EHES] (2001-2003) and as Trustee of the Cliometric Society (1990-1993) and EHES (1991-1995). He belonged to the Executive Committee of the International Economic History Association, 2006-2012.
He is currently an Editorial Board member of Explorations in Economic History, Cliometrica, and Histoire Economique Quantitative, and served at the European Review of Economic History (1997-2010). He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committees of the European Review of Economic History and the Scandinavian Economic History Review. He is a former editor of Revista de Historia Económica/ Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History (1991-1994) and currently a member of its Board of Trustees.
He has contributed to the main journals in economic history and published and edited books on growth and retardation in Spain, the economic consequences of Latin American independence, the costs and benefits of European imperialism, and British exceptionalism at the time of the Industrial Revolution.
His current research interests are economic freedom and well being in historical perspective (sponsored by the Rafael del Pino Foundation); growth, inequality, and welfare in Latin America since independence; long-run growth and human development in Africa; wellbeing and inequality in pre-industrial Spain. He has been Team Leader at Carlos III University of the CEPR/ European Commission FP7 Collaborative Project "Historical Patterns of Development and Underdevelopment: Origins and Persistence of the Great Divergence".
Research papers at: http://ideas.repec.org/e/ppr58.html