The Joint Center for History and Economics is based at Harvard University and at Magdalene College and King's College, University of Cambridge. It was established 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 the University of Cambridge, the Harvard Center undertakes research projects and organizes workshops, seminars and exchanges of faculty and graduate students. It provides the base for current research projects on Exchanges of Economic, Legal and Political Ideas, on Energy History, and on Histories of Economic Life/Histories of Economic Thought, as well as for the History Project and the Prize Fellowship Program in Economics, History and Politics.