About the Economic History Association

The Economic History Association was founded in 1940. Its purpose is to encourage and promote teaching, research, and publication on every phase of economic history, broadly defined, and to encourage and assist in the preservation and administration of the materials for research in economic history. The Association publishes The Journal of Economic History and a Newsletter, and holds an...
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Economic History Association 2018 Annual Meeting

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Annual Meeting of the Economic History Association, in Montreal, Canada September 7 -9, 2018

The theme for EHA 2018 is “‘From Plague, Famine, and War, Save us, O Lord’ Shocks and Disasters in Economic History”. The age-old prayer refers to disasters that have blighted lives throughout history. The theme is an invitation for papers on the broader economic-historical aspects of such crises—environmental, climatic, humanitarian, economic, and other. Plagues and famines kill few nowadays, and deaths from state-based conflicts are also in decline. But they still matter, not least because may well threaten again as global warming intensifies. The theme of the 2018 meetings embraces topics such as the economic causes and consequences of wars and of other disasters; comparative and interdisciplinary analyses of famines and plagues from classical antiquity to modern times; analyses of the institutions that attempted to counter them; of their proximate and remoter causes (e.g. climate change); of their changing incidence over time; of the welfare gains from their eradication; and of their short- and long-run economic, demographic, and political consequences. Proposals on macroeconomic and financial crises and, indeed, on any other topic, were also welcome.


The Program Committee, consisting of Ralf Meisenzahl (Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System) (chair), together with Mauricio Drelichman (University of British Columbia), Guido Alfani (Bocconi University), and Hoyt Bleakley (University of Michigan) welcomed submissions on all subjects in economic history, though some preference will be given to papers that fit the theme of the conference. Decisions on acceptance or decline of proposals will be announced soon.


For more information refer to the Call for Papers. The submission system is now CLOSED.


Graduate students are encouraged to attend the meeting. The Association offers subsidies for travel, hotel, registration, and meals, including a special graduate student dinner. For more information click here. The poster submission system is now openhttp://eh.net/eha/2018-eha-poster-submission-form/. The deadline for submissions is May 21, 2018.


Pre-Registration will open June 1, 2018.




National Coalition of History

The Economic History Association is a proud member of the National Coalition for History. NCH is a consortium of more than 50 organizations that advocates on federal legislative and regulatory issues affecting historians, archivists, researchers, teachers, students, preservationists, political scientists, museum professionals, genealogists, and other stakeholders. Priority issues include maximizing researcher access to government records and information, support for history education, and funding for agencies like the National Archives, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Park Service, and Institute of Museum and Library Services. NCH is also a driving force behind the Congressional History Caucus.

For more information, and to sign up for email alerts, visit historycoalition.orgNCH-Logo_FINAL_hires (2)

EHA Board of Trustee’s Issues Statement on Economics Job Market Rumors Website

At the recent 2017 Board of Trustee meeting in San Jose, CA the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to issue the following statement:


The Economic History Association prides itself on its openness to all, regardless of gender, sexuality, race or religion.  The EHA embraces a spirit of respect and tolerance to foster collegiality and to encourage and develop graduate students and faculty.


The values exhibited on the internet message board, Economics Job Market Rumors, are antithetical to those we embrace.  The Board of Trustees condemns unequivocally the abusive language on the EJMR site, including but not limited to the sexist, racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic statements.  This type of language has no place in academic debate and discourse.


The following EHA members and conference attendees have joined the Board in their support of this statement:


Board of Directors:
Lee Alston
Martha Bailey
Michael  Bordo
Leah Boustan
William J. Collins
Ann Carlos
Claude Diebolt
Jari Eloranta
Price V. Fishback
Michel Haupert
Philip Hoffman
Matthew Jaremski
Robert A. Margo
Carolyn Moehling
Cormac Ó Gráda


Additional Supporters:
Ran Abramitzky
Chris  Absell
Vellore Arthi
Leticia Arroyo-Abad
Cihan Artunc
Jeremy Atack
Jeffrey  Auerbach
Duman Bahramirad
Brian Beach
Jessica  Bean
Peter Bent
Peter Boettke
George R. Boyer
Stephen Broadberry
Gillian Brunet
Wayne  Camard
Art Carden
Leonard Carlson
Mike Cerneant
Latika Chaudary
Geoffrey Clark
Gregory Clark
David Clingingsmith
Lisa D.  Cook
Matt Curtis
Jan de Vries
Nate Delaney
Melissa Dell
Ellora Derenoncourt
Kara Dimitruk
Alexander Donges
Mauricio Drelichman
Brandon Dupont
Alan Dye
Michael Edelstein
Barry Eichengreen
Katherine Eriksson
Joes-Antonio Espin-Sanchez
James Feigenbaum
Andreas Ferrara
Daniel Fetter
Alexander J. Field
Theresa Finley
Sebastian Fleitas
Caroline Fohlin
German Forero-Laverde
Johan Fourie
Ewout Frankema
Carola Frydman
Leigh Gardner
Frank W. Garmon, Jr.
Vincent Geloso
Michela Giorcelli
Claudia Goldin
Michael Gou
Rowena Gray
Amanda Gregg
Michael Haines
Christopher Hanes
Walker Hanlon
Knick Harley
Ron Harris
Carol E. Heim
Eric Hilt
Michael Hornbeck
Michael Huberman
Andrea Incerpi
D.S. Jacks
Joe Jackson
Trevor Jackson
Andrew Jalil
Harold James
Youngook Jang
Taylor    Jaworski
Noel Johnson
Maggie Jones
Reka Juhasz
Wright Kennedy
Carl Kitchens
Christopher Koenig
Matthijs Korevaar
Edward Kosack
Peter Koudus
Mark Koyama
Sumner La Croix
Alvara La Parra-Perez
Naomi R. Lamoueaux
Jeremy Land
John Landon-Lane
Nathaniel Lane
Gianpaulo Lecce
Tim Leunig
Sijie Li
Yajing Li
Trevon D. Logan
Paul Lombard
Jason Long
Gabriel Mathy
John J. McCusker
Chris Meissner
Christopher Minns
Cathrin Mohr
Joel Mokyr
Eduardo Montero
Matthias Morys
Petra Moser
Wadan Narsey
Greg Niemesh
Nathan Nunn
Andrew Odlyzko
Alan L. Olmstead
Martha Olney
Kim Oosterlinck
Craig Palsson
John Parman
Santiago Perez
Elizabeth Perman
Alexander Persaud
Florian Ploeckl
Erik Prawitz
Sarah Quincy
Daniel Raff
Itzhak Raz
Angela Redish
Paul Rhode
Koike Rioji
Hugh Rockoff
Joshua Rosenbloom
Elyce Rotella
Gisela Rua
Jared Rubin
Martin Saavedra
Ethan Schmick
Jakob Schneebacher
Grace Seale
Katie Shester
Masato Shizume
Jochen Streb
William Summerhill
William A. Sundstrom
John Tang
Melissa Thomasson
Rohit Ticku
Gaspare Tortorici
John Turner
Nicola Tynan
Patrick Van Horn
Marlous van Waijenburg
Jesssica Vechbanyongratana
Evan Wallace
Jon Wallis
Lorena S. Walsh
Marianne Wanamaker
Zach Ward
Simone A. Wegge
David Weiman
Colin Weiss
Tom Weiss
Lily Welch
Eugene White
Sam Williamson
Janine Wilson
Susan Wolcott
Cathe Wright
Gavin Wright
Heyu Xiong
Chenzi Xu
Guo Xu
Meng Xue
David Yang
Sin Joan Yee
Ariell Zimran


EHA members wishing to have their name added to this list can send an email to lsooter@eh.net.

2017 Prizes Awarded at Annual Meeting

The Economic History Association announced the 2017 prize winners at the Annual Meeting held recently in San Jose, CA.

Vellore Arthi received the Allan Nevins Prize for the Best Dissertation in U.S. or Canadian Economic History, for her dissertation “Human Capital Formation and the American Dust Bowl”, completed at the University of Oxford. Advisors: James Fenske, Jane Humphries (This prize is awarded on behalf of Columbia University Press.)

Michela Giorcelli received the Alexander Gerschenkron Prize for the Best Dissertation in non-US or Canadian Economic History, for her dissertation “Economic Recovery and the Determinants of Production and Innovation: Evidence from Post-WWII Italy”, completed at Stanford University. Advisors: Ran Abramitzky (chair), Nick Bloom, Pascaline Dupas, and Melanie Morten

Nicholas Crafts, University of Warwick, was awarded the annual Jonathan Hughes Prize honoring excellence in teaching economic history.

Trevon Logan and John Parman were awarded the Cole Prize for their article “The National Rise in Segregation”, published in the March 2017 issue of the Journal of Economic History.

Bruce Campbell, Queen’s University_Belfast, was awarded the Gyorgi Ranki Prize  for his book, The Great Transition: Climate, Disease and Society in the Late-Medieval World, Cambridge University Press 2016.

Michael Haines, Colgate University, was awarded the inaugural Robert Gallman/William Parker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Data Preservation.

Congratulations to the 2017 awardees!

Congratulations to the 2017 EHA Grants and Fellowship Winners

Each year the Economic History Association awards numerous grants and fellowships to deserving young scholars. Additionally, Cambridge University Press has made a generous donation to help the EHA endow one of the Dissertation Fellowships and two of the Pre-Dissertation Exploratory Grants.


The 2017 awardees are:

Arthor H. Cole Grant in Aid for Post-Doctoral Research :
Vellore Arthi, University of Essex
Michela Giorcelli, UCLA
Anthony Wray, Hitotsubashi University


Economic History Association Dissertation Fellowships
Juan Sebastian Balan, Harvard University
Sun Kyoung Lee, Columbia University


Cambridge University Press Dissertation Fellowship
Keith Meyers, University of Arizona


Sokoloff Dissertation Fellowship
Natalya Naumenko, Northwestern University
Chenzi Xu, Harvard University


Cambridge University Press Pre-Dissertation Exploratory Grants
Chelsea Carter, Boston University
Vitaly Titov, UCLA


Economic History Association Pre-Dissertation Exploratory Grants
Panarat Anamwathana, University of Oxford
Moya Chin, Harvard University
David Escamillia-Guerrero, London School of Economics
Aparna Howlader, University of Illinois_Urbana Champaign
Aroop Mukharji, Harvard University
Michael Poyker, UCLA
Gianluca Russo, Boston University
Lingwei Wu, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Heyu Xiong, Northwestern University


For more information on the Grants and Fellowships awarded by EHA go to: http://eh.net/eha/grants-and-fellowships/

Strengthened partnership between Cambridge University Press and the EHA

Cambridge University Press and the Economic History Association (EHA) are delighted to announce the creation of an endowment to support three new EHA awards–the Cambridge University Press Dissertation Fellowship and two Cambridge University Press Pre-Dissertation Exploratory Grants.
The first awards were made this year.

The Dissertation Fellowship was awarded to Eduardo Montero of Harvard University.

The Exploratory Grants were awarded to Cathrin Mohr of the University of Munich and to Erin McGuire of the University of Arizona.

Both Cambridge University Press and the EHA are proud to support these awards, signalling a commitment to the development of the future leaders of the field, whose research will direct the study of economic history throughout the world.

Award funding

A new EHA endowment fund will be created specifically for these two awards composed of financial sponsorship from Cambridge University Press and funds EHA will contribute itself.

Each year the EHA will pay from the endowment a fixed amount of US$15,000 which will be divided between the Awards as follows:

•    One dissertation fellowship of $10,000; and
•    Two pre-dissertation grants of $2,500 each

The $10,000 dissertation fellowship will be awarded each year to a Ph.D. student who is completing his or her dissertation with plans to enter the job market.   It can be used as income and/or to cover research expenses.

Each of the two pre-dissertation grants will provide $2,500 to students for research expenses related to developing a dissertation in economic history, including travel to libraries and archives, data entry, and other non-income expenses related to performing the research.

Qualification requirements

Students must be members of the EHA to qualify, and the recipients of the fellowship and grants will be chosen by the EHA’s Committee on Research in Economic History from students who apply by January each year, commencing in 2016.

Further information can be found online here.