Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robert William Fogel  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1926 in New York City

-- Website --
-- Robert William Fogel on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Fogel lives and works in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Fogel is a Nobel Prize-winning economist at the University of Chicago.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Slavery
ISBN: 0393312186

W. W. Norton & Company. 1995

First published in 1974, Fogel and Engerman's groundbreaking book reexamined the economic foundations of American slavery, marking "the start of a new period of slavery scholarship and some searching revisions of a national tradition" (C. Vann Woodward, New York Review of Books).

In an Afterword added in 1989, the authors assess their findings in the light of recent scholarship and debate.

Which Road to the Past?: Two Views of History
ISBN: 0300030118

Yale Univ Pr. 1983

Compares statistical and traditional approaches to the study of history and discusses categories of evidence, standards of proof, and the proper subject matter for history

Without Consent or Contract: The Rise and Fall of American Slavery (Norton Paperback)
ISBN: 0393312194

W. W. Norton & Company. 1994

"[Fogel's] exceedingly careful testing of all possible sources and his pioneering methodological approach have allowed [him] both to increase our knowledge of an institutions operation and disintegration and to renew our methods of research." ―from the citation to Robert William Fogel for the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences

Over the past quarter-century, Robert William Fogel has blazed new trails in scholarship on the lives of the slaves in the American South. Now he presents the dramatic rise and fall of the "peculiar institution," as the abolitionist movement rose into a powerful political force that pulled down a seemingly impregnable system.

Economic growth, population theory, and physiology: The bearing of long-term processes on the making of economic policy (NBER working paper series)

National Bureau of Economic Research. 1994

The Fourth Great Awakening and the Future of Egalitarianism
ISBN: 0226256634

University of Chicago Press. 2002

Robert William Fogel was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Science in 1993

"To take a trip around the mind of Robert Fogel, one of the grand old men of American economic history, is a rare treat. At every turning, you come upon some shiny pearl of information." <The Economist>

In this broad-thinking and profound piece of history, Robert William Fogel synthesizes an amazing range of data into a bold and intriguing view of America's past and future--one in which the periodic Great Awakenings of religion bring about waves of social reform, the material lives of even the poorest Americans improve steadily, and the nation now stands poised for a renewed burst of egalitarian progress.


Nobel Peace Prize in economics in 1993 and Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of American Institutions

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (No)