College of Business and Behavioral Science


Tomas Cvrcek

Office: Sirrine 219 (or some such)
Phone: 8646561154
Personal Website:

 Educational Background

PhD Economics
Vanderbilt University 2007

MA Economics
Charles University, Prague 2001

MA International & Development Economics
Yale University 2000

BA International Relations
Charles University, Prague 1999

BA Economics
Charles University, Prague 1998

 Courses Taught

ECON 314 - Intermediate Microeconomics
ECON 344 - Property Rights
ECON 435 - Family Economics


I am an Assistant professor of economics in the John E. Walker Department of Economics at Clemson University. By research interest, I am an economic historian. My research is mostly in the 19th century, the time of industrial revolution, the fertility transition and fast and widespread technological change.

 Research Interests

I study economic history, especially the labor/demographic aspect of it: fertility and marriage decisions, change in living standards, human capital accumulation and returns etc. Geographically, my research interest in in Central Europe which is where I come from.

 Research Publications

“Wages, Prices and Living Standards in the Habsburg Empire, 1827 – 1910”, Journal of Economic
History (2013), forthcoming

“America's settling down: How Better Jobs and Falling Immigration led to a Rise in Marriage,
1880 – 1930”, Explorations in Economic History (2012) & NBER working paper #16161

“U. S. Marital Disruption and Its Economic and Social Correlates, 1860 – 1948”, Journal of Family
History 36 (2), April 2011, pp. 142 – 158

“When Harry left Sally: A New Estimate of Marital Disruption in the U.S., 1860 – 1948”,
Demographic Research 21 (24), Nov 2009, pp. 719 – 758

“Inequality and Living Standards under Early Communism: Anthropometric Evidence from
Czechoslovakia, 1946 – 1966,” Explorations in Economic History 46 (4), Oct 2009, pp. 436 – 449


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