noun, plural in form but singular in construction
clio·​met·​rics | \ ˌklī-ə-ˈme-triks How to pronounce cliometrics (audio) \

Definition of cliometrics

: the application of methods developed in other fields (such as economics, statistics, and data processing) to the study of history

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cliometric \ ˌklī-​ə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce cliometrics (audio) \ adjective
cliometrician \ ˌklī-​ə-​me-​ˈtri-​shən How to pronounce cliometrics (audio) \ noun

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Cliometrics comes from a combination of "Clio," the name of the Greek Muse of history, and "-metrics," as in "econometrics" ("the application of statistical methods to the study of economic data and problems") or "biometrics" ("the statistical analysis of biological observations and phenomena"). American economists Douglass North and Robert Fogel developed cliometrics, a highly quantitative means for studying the past. In 1993, North and Fogel won the Nobel Prize in Economics for their pioneering work.

First Known Use of cliometrics

1960, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cliometrics

Clio + -metrics (as in econometrics)

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“Cliometrics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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