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Dr Alex Klein

Senior Lecturer in Economics

School of Economics, Keynes College, D1.12



Alex Klein received his PhD from CERGE-EI Prague in 2006. He was a post-doctoral research fellow at Jagiellonian University, Krakow in 2006-2007 and the University of Warwick in 2008-2010. He joined the University of Kent in 2011, and is the Deputy Director of the Macroeconomics, Growth and History Centre (MaGHiC).

Alex is the Director of PhD Programmes and a member of the School's Strategic Management Team.

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Alex's publications can also be found on ResearchGate.

Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Klein, A. and Vonyo, T. (2018). Why did socialist economies fail? The role of factor inputs reconsidered. The Economic History Review [Online]. Available at:
Broadberry, S. et al. (2017). Clark's Malthus delusion: response to 'Farming in England 1200-1800'. The Economic History Review [Online]. Available at:
Klein, A. and Ogilvie, S. (2015). Occupational structure in the Czech lands under the second serfdom. Economic History Review [Online]. Available at:
Crafts, N. and Klein, A. (2015). Geography and Intra-National Home Bias: U.S. Domestic Trade in 1949 and 2007. Journal of Economic Geography [Online] 15:477-497. Available at: doi:10.1093/jeg/lbu008.
Klein, A. (2013). New State-Level Estimates of Personal Income in the United States, 1880–1910. Research in Economic History [Online] 29:191-255. Available at:
Klein, A. and Crafts, N. (2012). Making Sense of the Manufacturing Belt: Determinants of US Industrial Location, 1880-1920. Journal of Economic Geography [Online] 12:775-807. Available at:
Broadberry, S. and Klein, A. (2012). Aggregate and Per Capita GDP in Europe, 1870-2000: Continental, Regional and National Data with Changing Boundaries. Scandinavian Economic history Review [Online] 60:79-107. Available at:
Broadberry, S. and Klein, A. (2011). When and Why Did Eastern European Economies Begin to Fail? Lessons from a Czechoslovak/UK Productivity Comparison, 1921–1991. Explorations in Economic History [Online] 48:37-52. Available at:
Klein, A. (2011). Did Children's Education Matter? Family Migration as a Mechanism of Human Capital Investment: Evidence from Nineteenth Century Bohemia. Economic History Review [Online] 64:730-764. Available at:
Broadberry, S. et al. (2015). The British Economic Growth 1270-1870. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Book section
Klein, A. (2014). The Institutions of the "Second Serfdom" and Economic Efficiency: Review of the Existing Evidence for Bohemia. in: Cavaciocchi, S. ed. Slavery and Serfdom in the European Economy from the 11th to the 18th Centuries. XLV settimana di studi della Fondazione istituto internazionale di storia economica F. Datini. Firenze University Press.
Broadberry, S., Federico, G. and Klein, A. (2010). Sectoral Developments, 1870-1914. in: Broadberry, S. and O'Rourke, K. eds. The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Europe Volume 2: 1870-2000. Cambridge University Press.
Klein, A. and Ogilvie, S. (2013). Occupational Structure in the Czech Lands under the Second Serfdom. Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy, University of Warwick.
Otsu, K. and Klein, A. (2013). Efficiency, Distortions and Factor Utilization during the Interwar Period. University of Kent School of Economics Discussion Papers. Available at:
Klein, A. and Leunig, T. (2013). Gibrat's Law and the British Industrial Revolution. Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC), London School of Economics and Political Science.
Broadberry, S. et al. (2012). British Economic Growth, 1270-1870: an output-based approach. School of Economics, University of Kent.
Klein, A. (2017). Clark's Malthus delusion: response to 'Farming in England 1200-1800'. The Economic History Review [Online]. Available at:
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Research interests

  • economic history
  • economic geography
  • agglomeration economics
  • long-run economic growth
  • historical national accounts

Working papers

  • Agglomeration Economies and Productivity Growth: US Cities 1880-1930 (with Nick Crafts).
  • The Rise and Fall of the US Manufacturing Belt: US Economic Geography 1880-2007 (with Nick Crafts).
  • Coagglomeration Patterns of the U.S. Manufacturing 1880-2007 (with Nick Crafts).             
  • Employment Protection and the Location of US Industries 1880-1940 (with Chris Meissner)
  • Labor Productivity and Density: Agglomeration Economies in US Manufacturing Industries 1850-1880 (with Rowena Gray)  
  • Was Domar Rights? The Second Serfdom and Land-Labor Ratio in Eighteenth Century Bohemia (with Sheilagh Ogilvie).
  • Why did Socialism Fail? Revised Growth Accounts for Central Europe, 1950-1989 (with Tamás Vonyó).
  • School, Apprenticeship, or Work? Children and the Family Economy in Nineteenth-Century Bohemia.
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Consultation hours

  • Tue 10.00-11.00
  • Wed 11.00-12.00
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PhD supervision

Current students

Past students

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Administrative roles

  • Director of PhD Programmes
  • Member of the School's Strategic Management Team


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