Structural Change in Big Economic History


Cassey Lee


Structural change is an important process that is much studied in economic history. Early studies include industrialization and the stadial theories of human activities. Biologists have adopted “economic” concepts of competition, cooperation and innovation to study the history of life in a broader sense. Extending the study of structural change over an even longer time frame is likely to require the adoption of new analytical frameworks. One possible approach is the computational-information-entropy-complexity framework. This could lead to a novel perspective that places economic history within a broader Big Economic History.


Author Biography

Cassey Lee, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore

Dr Cassey Lee is a Senior Fellow and Coordinator of the Regional Economic Studies Programme
at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore. Prior to joining ISEAS, Dr Lee held academic
appointments at the University of Wollongong, Nottingham University Business School
(Malaysia) and University of Malaya. His research interests include competition policy,
industrial policy and structural change.