John Komlos

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  John Komlos 
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Research Interests

Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

1992 -  Professor of Economics, and Chair of the Institute of Economic History
University of Munich, Germany.
Chair of the Economics Department, 1997-99


Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1978  - History.
Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1990 - Economics.

Previous Affiliations

1986-1992 Associate Professor of History and of Economics; University of Pittsburgh, (1986-1988 Ass. Prof).
1985-86,  Visiting Professor, Department of Economics,
1995 (Fall) Duke University, Durham, NC.
1984-1986 Postdoctoral Fellow, Population Center, University of
  North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.
1991, 1987  (Summers) Visiting Professor, Dept. of Social and
 1984 Economic History, School of Economics, Vienna, Austria.
1984-1985 Instructor, Department of Economics, North Carolina
 State University, Raleigh, NC.
1983-1984 Visiting Professor, Department of Economics, University
 of Vienna, Austria.

Publications (annotated)


A Young Scholar’s Guide to Academia, with John Goldsmith, The University of Chicago Press.

On Anthropometric History

"Shrinking in a Growing Economy? the Mystery of Physical Stature during the Industrial Revolution," Journal of Economic History 58 (1998) 3: 779-802.

"On the 'Puzzling' Antebellum Cycle of the Biological Standard of Living: the Case of Georgia," with Peter Coclanis, Explorations in Economic History, 34 (Oct. 1997) 4:433-59.

"Nutrition and Economic Development in Post-Reconstruction South Carolina: an Anthropometric Approach," with Peter Coclanis, Social Science History 19 (1995): 91-116.

"The Stature of Runaway Slaves in Colonial America," in Komlos (ed.) Stature, Living Standards, and Economic Development: Essays in Anthropometric History, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994, pp. 93-116.

"The Nutritional Status of French Students," Journal of Interdisciplinary History 24 (Winter 1994) 3: 493-508.

"A Malthusian Episode Revisited: The Height of British and Irish Servants in Colonial America," Economic History Review 46 (Nov. 1993): 768-82.

"The Secular Trend in the Biological Standard of Living in the United Kingdom, 1730-1860,"  Economic History Review 46 (Feb. 1993): 115-44.

"Toward an Anthropometric History of African-Americans: The Case of the Free Blacks of Antebellum Maryland," in Claudia Goldin and Hugh Rockoff (eds.), Strategic Factors in Nineteenth Century American Economic History: A Volume to Honor Robert W. Fogel Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992, for the National Bureau of Economic Research, Studies in Income and Wealth, Vol. 52, pp. 297-329.

"The Growth of Boys in the Stuttgart Carlschule, 1771-93," with James Tanner, et al., Annals of Human Biology 19 (1992): 139-152.

"The Standard of Living of Jews in Austria-Hungary: The Anthropometric Evidence, 1860-1920," in Michael K. Silber (ed.),  Jews in the Hungarian Economy, 1760-1945, Jerusalem: The Magnes Press, The Hebrew University, 1992, pp. 127-134.

Nutrition and Economic Development in the Eighteenth-Century Habsburg Monarchy: An Anthropometric History, Princeton University Press: 1989.
 Received the annual book prize of the Center for Austrian Studies, University of Minnesota. Also received the National Book Award from the Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society in History.
 German translation: Ernährung und Wirtschaftliche Entwicklung unter Maria Theresia und Josef II. Eine Anthropometrische Geschichte St. Katharinen, Germany: Scripta Mercaturae, 1994.

"The Age at Menarche in Vienna: the Relationship between Nutrition and Fertility," Historical Methods 22 (1989): 158-163; synopsis in Annals of Human Biology 16 (1989): 463-466.

"The Height and Weight of West Point Cadets: Dietary Change in Antebellum America," Journal of Economic History 47 (1987): 897-927.

"Patterns of Children's Growth in East-Central Europe in the Eighteenth Century," Annals of Human Biology 13 (1986): 33-48.

"Stature and Nutrition in the Habsburg Monarchy: The Standard of Living and Economic Development," American Historical Review 90 (1985): 1149-1161.

Industrial Revolution

“The Industrial Revolution as the Escape from the Malthusian Trap,” Journal of European Economic History, forthcoming.

"Mathematical Investigations of the Escape from the Malthusian Trap," with Marc Artzrouni, Mathematical Population Studies 2 (1990): 269-287.

"Nutrition, Population Growth and the Industrial Revolution in England," Social Science History 14 (1990):  69-91.

"Population and Economic Growth in the Very Long Run: A Simulation Model of Three Revolutions," with Gunter Steinmann, Mathematical Social Sciences 16 (1988): 49-63.

"Thinking about the Industrial Revolution," Journal of European Economic History (1989): 191-206.

On Habsburg Economic History

The Habsburg Monarchy as a Customs Union: Economic Development in Austria-Hungary in the Nineteenth Century, Princeton University Press: 1983.
 German translation: Die Habsburgermonarchie als Zollunion: Die Wirtschaftsentwicklung Österreich-Ungarns im 19. Jahrhundert, Vienna: Österreichischer Bundesverlag, 1986.

"Financial Innovation and the Demand for Money in Austria-Hungary, 1867-1913," Journal of European Economic History 16 (1987): 587-606.

On Demographic History

"Population Growth through History and the Escape from the Malthusian Trap: A Homeostatic Simulation Model," Genus 41 (1985): 21-40.
On Statistical Methods

"Estimating Trends in Historical Heights," with Joo Han Kim, Historical Methods 23 (1990): 116-120.


 "The Formation of the European State System: a 'Predatory' Model," with Marc Artzrouni, Historical Methods 29 (1996): 126-34.