Santa Clara University

Alexander J. Field

Department Chair
Michel and Mary Orradre Professor of Economics

Professor Alexander FieldProfessor Field's current research is in two main areas. The first, 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. Recently published articles in this area include “Group Selection and Behavioral Economics,” in the Handbook of Contemporary Behavioral Economics: Foundations and Developments (2006), “Beyond Foraging”, which appeared in the December 2007 Journal of Institutional Economics, and “Why Multilevel Selection Matters”, in the Journal of Bioeconomics (December 2008).  His paper "Prosociality and the Military is forthcomoing in the Journal of Bioeconomics.

His second area of current interest is in macroeconomic history with a focus on technology and productivity. His article "The Most Technologically Progressive Decade of the Twentieth Century" appeared in the September 2003 American Economic Review. Other recent articles include “Technological Change and U.S. Economic Growth in the Interwar Years,” Journal of Economic History (March 2006), “Technical Change and U.S. Economic Growth: The Interwar Period and the 1990s” in Paul Rhode and Gianni Toniolo, eds. The Global Economy in the 1990s: A Long Run Perspective (2006), “The Equipment Hypothesis and U.S. Economic Growth,” Explorations in Economic History (January 2007), “The Origins of U.S. Total Factor Productivity Growth in the Golden Age,” Cliometrica (April 2007), “The Impact of the Second World War on U.S. Productivity Growth” Economic History Review (2008) and “U.S. Economic Growth in the Gilded Age,” Journal of Macroeconomics (March 2009).  His book A Great Leap Forward: 1930s Depression and US Economic Growth, published by Yale University Press, was selected as a 2011 Choice Outstanding Academic Title in the Economics category. In 2012 it received the Alice Hanson Jones Biennial Book Award as well as the 2012 Alpha Sigma Nu Natioanl Book Award in Social Sciences. His most recent papers in this area (both forthcoming) include ““Economic Growth and Recovery in the United States, 1929-1941” and “The Interwar Housing Cycle in the Light of 2001-2011: A Comparative Historical Approach.”

Professor Field edited Research in Economic History for over ten years, and served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Economic History and Explorations in Economic History, and for over twenty years as Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Literature. He was Executive Director of the Economic History Association between 2004 and 2012, on the National Science Foundation’s Economics Panel in 2005 and 2006, and is currently on the Advisory Board of Cliometrica and the Journal of Bioeconomics. 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 (1988-93, and again in 2013-14). During the academic year 2013-14, he will participate in the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program. He taught previously at Stanford University.

March 2013

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"Depression's Other Face"

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