Impact and Communication

  • Judy Z. Stephenson
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)


Impact is the difference a piece of research makes to the theory and practice of an academic discipline. The potential for impact in economic history is broad because it deals with big questions that are at the forefront of social science and political economy. This chapter sets out how readers can plan their pathways to impact through effective communication.

JEL Classification

A11 A22 A23 

Reading List

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Judy Z. Stephenson
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  1. 1.University of OxfordOxfordUK

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