The new Joint Center for History and Economics was established at Harvard University and King's College, Cambridge in 2007 to promote research and education on subjects of importance for historians and economists. Its aim is to provide a forum in which scholars can address some of their common concerns, through the history of economic and social thought, through economic history, and through the application of economic concepts to historical problems. The objective of the Center is to encourage fundamental research in history, economics, and related disciplines. It also encourages the participation of historians and economists in addressing issues of public importance.

In conjunction with its counterpart Centre at King's College, Cambridge, the Harvard Center will undertake research projects and organize workshops, seminars and exchanges of faculty and graduate students. It provides the base for the current research project at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Centre for History and Economics, Exchanges of Economic and Political Ideas since 1760, which is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.