Professor Avner Offer
MA, DPhil, FBA
Emeritus Fellow since 2011
Chichele Professor of Economic History
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- Reader in Recent Social and Economic History, and Professorial Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford (from 1992 to 2000)
- Research Fellow, Australian National University (from 1985 to 1988)
- Lecturer, Reader in Economic and Social History, University of York (from 1979 to 1991)
- Graduate study at St Antony’s College and Junior Research Fellow, Merton College, Oxford (from 1973 to 1979)
- Undergraduate and graduate study at Hebrew University, Jerusalem (from 1969 to 1973)
- National service, agriculture, and conservation work in Israel (from 1962 to 1969)
- Current Research: ‘From Social Democracy to Market Liberalism, c. 1970-2015’ (book project)
- ‘The Economy of Obligation: Contract Ambiguity and the Welfare State’
- ‘The Ethics of Rational Choice’
- Property and Politics 1870-1914: Landownership, Law, Ideology and Urban Development in England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981).
- The First World War: An Agrarian Interpretation (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989).
- ‘The British Empire 1870-1914: A Waste of Money?’, Economic History Review, vol. 46 (May 1993), pages 215-238.
- (with Sue Bowden), ‘Household Appliances and the Use of Time in the U.S.A. and Britain Since the 1920s’, Economic History Review, vol. 47, (Nov. 1994), pages 725-748.
- ‘Going to War in 1914: A Matter of Honor?’, Politics & Society, vol. 23, 2 (June 1995), pages 213-241.
- ‘Between the Gift and the Market: The Economy of Regard’, Economic History Review, vol. 50, 3 (Aug. 1997), pages 450-476.
- The Challenge of Affluence: Self-control and Well-being in the United States and Britain since 1950 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006; paperback edition Nov. 2007).
- (with Rachel Pechey and Stanley Ulijaszek), 'Obesity Under Affluence varies by Welfare Regimes: The Effect of Fast Food, Insecurity and Inequality’, Economics and Human Biology, vol. 8, 2010, pages 297-308.
- (with Gabriel Söderberg), Social Democracy, The Nobel Prize in Economics, and the Market Turn (Princeton: Princeton University Press, forthcoming).
- Publications (External Link)
Other professional memberships and roles
- Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK (2003)
Research awards and grants
- Leverhulme Trust (three-year Major Research Fellowship, c. £112,187) (from 2008 to 2011)
- BUPA (c. £79,000) (from 2009 to 2011)
- The Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) (USA; c. £83,911) (from 2011 to 2013)
- Senior Research Fellowship, Rutgers University (from 1991 to 1992)
- Remarque Institute, New York University (1999)
- Visiting Fellowship and Leverhulme Award
Trevor Reese Memorial Prize for Imperial and Commonwealth History (1992)