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.


You can find the 2016 EHA conference program here: EHA 2016 BrochureFinal. It contains more detailed information on the sessions and the conference.


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. The submission system for the conference is now CLOSED.

You can register for the conference here: http://eh.net/eha/2016-eha-event-registration/

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.

Congratulations to the 2016 EHA Grants and Fellowship Winners

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

The 2016 awardees are:

Arthor H. Cole Grant in Aid for Post-Doctoral Research :
Mark Anderson, Montana State University
Cihan Artunc, University of Arizona
Amanda Gregg, Middlebury College
Eoin McLaughlin, St. Andrews University

Economic History Association Dissertation Fellowships
Edward Fertik, Yale University
Santiago Perez, Stanford University

Cambridge University Press Dissertation Fellowship
Eduardo Montero, Harvard University

Sokoloff Dissertation Fellowship
Gillian Brunet, University of California_Berkeley
Arianna Ornaghi, MIT

Cambridge University Press Pre-Dissertation Exploratory Grants
Erin McGuire, University of Arizona
Cathrin Mohr, University of Munich

Economic History Association Pre-Dissertation Exploratory Grants
Aviv Derri, New York University
Victor Gay, University of Chicago
Trevor Jackson, University of California_Berkeley
S. Wright Kennedy, Rice University
Jeremy Land, Georgia State University
Scott Miller, University of Virginia
Samuel Milner, Yale University
Maria Montalvo, Rice University
Chenzi Xu, Harvard University

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

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!