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 2016 Annual Meeting


Economic History and Economic Development

Annual Meeting of the Economic History Association, in Boulder, Colorado,
September 16-18, 2016

The theme for EHA 2016 is “economic history and economic development.” Economic history is contextual and a longitudinal process, and so too is economic development. Both fields, moreover, view law and politics as important drivers of economic change. Yet, the fields are typically somewhat divorced. Economic history focuses on past development experiences, often (though not exclusively) in currently-developed economies, while economic development focuses on economies that are currently poor. While there is a great deal of methodological congruence, studying the past usually requires exploiting observational, archival data (perhaps exploiting “natural experiments”), while the study of the present allows for implementation of randomized control trials that represent a benchmark for identifying causal effects. One aim of the conference is to point to what the two fields can learn from each other. We thus welcome papers wedding economic history and economic development, and papers drawing on insights from law and political science, as well as (naturally) economics and history.


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 refer to the Call for Papers.

EHA Committee on Administration: Search for an Executive Director

The Economic History Association is looking for an Executive Director for a five-year term beginning in the fall of 2017.  The Executive Director keeps the Association’s records, oversees its elections, prepares reports and carries on correspondence for its committees and board of trustees, and serves as liaison with the press that publishes the Journal of Economic History. The Executive Director also serves as the Association’s treasurer, manages its membership, and serves ex officio on standing committees.  Applications should be sent to Philip Hoffman, the chair of the EHA committee on administration, at pth@hss.caltech.edu, no later than March 1, 2016.

2015 Prizes Awarded at Annual Meeting

The Economic History Association announced the 2015 prize winners at the Annual Meeting held recently in Nashville, TN.

Andrew Goodman-Bacon received the Allan Nevins Prize for the Best Dissertation in U.S. or Canadian Economic History, for his dissertation “Three Essays in Health Policy Evaluation”, completed at the University of Michigan. Advisor: Martha J. Bailey (This prize is awarded on behalf of Columbia University Press.)

Jose-Antonio Espin-Sanchez received the Alexander Gerschenkron Prize for the Best Dissertation in non-US or Canadian Economic History, for his dissertation “The Illiquidity of Water Markets”, completed at Northwestern University. Advisors: Joel Mokyr, Joesph Ferrie, Regina Grafe, Robert Porter

Price Fishback, University of Arizona, was awarded the annual Jonathan Hughes Prize honoring excellence in teaching economic history.

Price Fishback, University of Arizona, and Valentina Kachanovskaya, University of Arizona, were awarded the Cole Prize for their article “The Multiplier for the States in the Great Depression.”, published in the March 2015 issue of the Journal of Economic History.

Gregory Clark, University of California_Davis, was awarded the Gyorgy Ranki Prize for his book,The Son Also Rises:  Surnames and the History of Social Mobility, Princeton University Press 2014.

Congratulations to the 2015 awardees!