Victoria Bateman

Lecturer and Fellow in Economics, University of Cambridge

I am a director of Studies, fellow and college lecturer in Economics at Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge, and fellow of the Legatum Institute, London.

I have a broad interest in the economic history of all time periods and places, with current work focusing on the development of the European economy from early-modern times to the present. The questions motivating this research include: How did we become a rich modern economy? Why are poor countries still poor? What lessons can be drawn from history for current day economic policy?

I write and speak on topics ranging from popular economics to economic history, feminism and Brexit, and write regular economic commentary for CapX (Centre for Policy Studies) and Bloomberg View.

I am author of the book "Markets and Growth in Early Modern Europe" (2012), which measures the development of markets in Europe from 1350 through to the nineteenth century, providing a historical backdrop to the modern day, including current Brexit debates.


  • –present
    Lecturer and Fellow in Economics, University of Cambridge