Simone Wegge


Professor Wegge teaches a range of courses in the PEP Department, including microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistics, econometrics, industrial organization, and economic history. She also teaches regularly in the Ph.D. program at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she is member of the doctoral faculty. Professor Wegge is an active member of the Cliometric Society, the Economic History Association, and the Social Science History Association. Since 2005 she has represented the PEP Department at the College Council and the Faculty Senate bodies of CSI. For the spring semester of 2009, she is serving as Deputy Chair of the PEP Department.

Professor Wegge’s research focuses primarily on improving our understanding of historical migration processes. A second and new area of research consists of the comparative analysis of child labor incidence across industrializing countries in nineteenth-century Europe. Both topics concern nineteenth-century Europe, in particular Germany and draw on various literatures in economics, economic history, history, and other social sciences. Her research on migration seeks to identify the factors that influenced migrants and explain who emigrated, why they may have left, and what sorts of communities they left from.


BA, University of California (Berkeley)

MA, Northwestern University

PhD, Northwestern University

Scholarship and Publications

Professor Wegge has published her research in various journals, including The Journal of Economic History, Explorations in Economic History, the European Review of Economic History, Research in Economic History, and History of the Family. In 2002 the International Economic History Association awarded her doctoral thesis the Dissertation Prize for Best Doctoral Research. Her research program was featured in 2003 at the Cliometric Society, an academic organization of individuals interested in the use of economic theory and statistical techniques to study economic history. The link to this profile is:

Her work has been supported by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Economic History Association, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), PSC-CUNY grants, and the College of Staten Island.

Contact Information

Office: Building 3N Room 234
Fax: 718.982.2965