This summer I want to develop my presidential address before the American Economic Association, which was entitled “Narrative Economics” and published in the American Economic Review in the April 2017 issue, into a followup that is more comprehensive, maybe ultimately into a book. The working paper version of the presidential address can be found here: http://cowles.yale.edu/cfdp-2069. [I also have another proposal jointly with William Goetzmann and Dasol Kim for a SRO student, also on Narrative Economics, but that is a separate project that will be ongoing at the same time, that other project has three professors involved, while this project is for an assistant for me alone.]
Requisite Skills and Qualifications:
Student will probably spend most time doing historical research, using programs like Google Ngrams, Google trends, JSTOR, Lexis-Nexis, etc., and some statistical analysis of results. Also, reading and commenting on a broad literature related to narratives that goes beyond economics, into other social sciences.