Welcome to the PP 1859 "Experience & Expectation"!



Thank you for visiting the website of the Priority Programme 1859 "Experience and Expectation. Historical Foundations of Economic Behaviour" (Schwerpunktprogramm 1859 "Erfahrung und Erwartung. Historische Grundlagen ökonomischen Handelns").


Funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), the projects of the Priority Programme "Experience and Expectation" bring together an interdisciplinary group of historians, economists, information scientists and legal historians to study the historical dimension of economic behaviour. For details on the seventeen research projects which started in 2019, see here.


On these pages, you will find information about our research, people, and activities. Read a summary of the programme, find out more about our research from the projects overview and the Working Paper Series, or learn more about our joint activities in the Conferences and Workshops sections. In a nutshell:

Research topic:
Economic expectations are the keystone of economic behaviour, but their historical dimension has so far not received the attention it deserves. The programme studies experience and expectation as interrelated cognitive processes pointing to the past and the future which enable economic actors to realise their decisions in the present. Three topics are of especial interest: the direct impact of historical events and actors' experience on the formation of expectations; changes in the manner in which expectations are formed through history; and the role of shocks, crises, and structural ruptures for economic expectations. Economic theory and historical methodology are combined systematically in the study of historical evidence, and complemented by sociology and legal history.

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Programme Coordinators:
Prof. Dr. Alexander Nützenadel and Prof. Dr. Jochen Streb

Administrative Programme Management:
Laetitia Lenel


Contact person at the DFG:
Dr. Christiane Joerk