Professor of Economics
Professor of History
PhD, Indiana University, 1976
U.S. Economic History with a focus on nineteenth century agricultural and industrial development.
Office Hours: summer, no office hours
Office: 211B Calhoun
Personal web site: https://my.vanderbilt.edu/jeremyatack/
Professor Atack is an economic historian who specializes in nineteenth century agricultural and industrial development and whose work relies heavily on micro-level quantitative data from the federal census manuscripts. He has co-edited, The Origins and Development of Financial Markets and Institutions, with Larry Neal, Cambridge University press (2009--now also in paperback). He is currently writing a book, The Crucible of Growth, with former colleague Robert Margo on U.S. industrialization and revisiting the nineteenth century transportation revolution with the tools of GIS (Geographic Information Systems). Professor Atack is a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Mass., has held numerous NSF grants to develop micro-level samples from census data and is a former co-editor of the Journal of Economic History.
Courses taught: Graduate: Introduction to Economic History; Macro-economic History. Undergraduate: Economic History of the United States; History of American Enterprise; Money and Banking.