Patrick Wallis is a Professor of Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he has taught since 2004. Before that, he studied at York and Oxford and lectured at the University of Nottingham.
His research largely centres on early modern European, and particularly British, economic history. Much of his recent work has concentrated on identifying how the ways in which young people gained skills developed between 1500 and 1800. This interest in apprenticeship has led to a series of contributions to debates on guilds, citizenship and the impact of Europe's institutions on its economic performance.
He also works on when, how and why demand for healthcare grew in Britain, seeking to measure and explain the increasing willingness of people in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to seek out a doctor or buy medicines to help with sickness.