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Economic History Association 2014 Annual Meeting


Political Economy and Economic History

Annual Meeting of the Economic History Association, in Columbus, Ohio, September 12-14, 2014

Politics has a massive impact on economic outcomes.  States redistribute wealth, make up for market failures, and enact policies that can devastate an economy or promote long run growth.  They also provide the essential public goods of security, the rule of law, and a means of exchange.  Without these, life is brutal and trade little more than barter.  But what determines the laws and regulations that states adopt and the public goods they furnish?  How do states arise in the first place and gain the capacity to tax?  What shapes the changes in their policies and their expenditures over time?  Can we distinguish the political incentives that encourage good policies rather than tragic ones?  Do the answers lie with endowments, the distribution of wealth, or deeply rooted institutions?  Or are they to be sought in culture and the guiding hand of history?


For the complete Call for Papers, see:, which also includes information on travel options to Columbus; or contact Meetings Coordinator Jari Eloranta at NOTE! Deadline for submitting proposals has ended!

Preliminary Program

You can find information on the preliminary conference program, and other pertinent details, in the Meetings Brochure that you can download here: EHA 2014 Brochure


The full program, with links to the papers, will be available in August-September.

Graduate Student Participation

Annual Meetings Travel and Hotel Subsidies


Poster Session


Intended for disseminating preliminary results from graduate thesis work.   Those accepted receive the following support:

  • Travel subsidies up to $500 for domestic flights or train fare, up to $800 for international flights.
  • Complimentary hotel rooms (double occupancy, shared with another graduate student) for up to 3 nights.
  • 60 percent discount on the registration fee
  • 80 percent discount on the Saturday Presidential Banquet
  • Free dinner with other graduate students Friday night.


Poster session submission system is now CLOSED.


Graduate students who have presented a poster are eligible for the dissertation session in a subsequent year, but may present a poster session only once during their graduate career.  If a student applies both for the dissertation session and to present a poster, and the student is accepted to be part of the dissertation session, a prior invitation to present a poster that year will be withdrawn.  Participating in the poster session does not preclude submitting a paper and having it accepted for the regular program the following year.


Graduate students interested in attending the annual meeting but not participating in the poster session are eligible, depending on funding availability, for up to three nights’ complimentary hotel room (double occupancy, shared with another graduate student). Send requests to the email addresses listed above. Applicants must be members of the Association. Deadline: July 5, 2014. Awards announced by July 26, 2014.  Questions about the poster session should be directed to Professor John Wallis, chair of the program committee (


Practical Details on the Poster:

To ease travel complications, we will provide the poster board. We intend to purchase Hunt Sturdy BoardTM QuickStick(c) Foamboard 20″ x 30″, White, (Office Max Item #11067061) OR something very similar. It claims to have “pressure sensitive adhesive.” Just in case, we will also bring tacks and tape.


As you prepare your poster please remember that “Less is More.” Think of your poster as an advertisement of your paper, not as the paper itself. Your goal is to engage people in conversation and encourage them to take a copy of your paper home with them. Those who are looking at a poster want to quickly know what question you are asking, why that is an interesting question and what answer you propose. You want people to be able to see everything on your poster from a comfortable distance. That means you will want to large font (minimum 12 pt.). And remember, a picture is worth a thousand words: graphs tell a story much more effectively than words. Is there a graph that captures the puzzle addressed in your paper?


You will want to bring along approximately 25 copies of your paper which interested people can take with them. Be sure to include your name, your affiliation, email address, and a date on your title page. If you have business cards, bring those too.


The posters will be displayed in the foyer where our coffee breaks are held. This will give you maximum exposure in a minimum amount of time. There will be designated times when the poster presenters are asked to be with their posters, namely Friday afternoon and all day Saturday.

Ph.D. recipients selected for the dissertation session will receive a travel subsidy. See procedures for applying for the Nevins or Gerschenkron prizes.


Dissertation Awards


The Nevins and Gerschenkron prize are awarded annually for the best dissertations on North-American and non-North American topics completed during the previous year. Six finalists, three for each award, will be chosen to present dissertation summaries  at the Seventy First Annual Meeting of the Economic History Association in Washington DC in September 2013. Finalists will receive $500 to defray travel expenses (Finalists travelling internationally will receive $800). Award recipients receive a cash prize of $1,200.


Scholars submitting a dissertation may not in the same year submit a proposal to the general program that is part of or derived from the dissertation.  On an exception basis the Association will allow a two year window following thesis completion for submission.


Eligibility:  Those who received their Ph.D. between May 16, 2012 and May 15, 2013 are eligible and invited to submit their dissertation for consideration.  All candidates for these prizes must be members of the Economic History Association.  Dissertations submitted for consideration must be in English.  Submission of a dissertation implies that candidates are prepared to attend the 2013 meetings in Washington DC.  Presentation of a dissertation summary is required by all finalists.  To be considered for these prizes completed dissertations must be submitted in hard copy on or before May 15, 2013.  Notices announcing the selection of finalists will be sent to all candidates by July 24, 2013.  Dissertations will only be returned to candidates if a self-addressed envelope is provided at the time of submission.


DEADLINE FOR POSTMARKED ENTRIES: The deadline has now PASSED. No more entries will be accepted.


For more details, see here:

Book Exhibit

The EHA book exhibit showcases the various publications (books, journals etc.) in the field of economic history, economics, history, and political science, with top academic and scholarly presses included.


Details on the exhibit, i.e. how to participate, can be found in the following documents:


Annual Meeting Book Exhibit form 1

Books to be Exhibited form

exhibitor letter of invitation


Those attending the conference; please encourage your publishers to display your work at the meetings. It’s a great way to get a wider scholarly audience for your publications. Usually about 250+ people attend the meetings. And the proceeds help us support the participation of graduate students at the conference.

Hotel Information

The conference is hotel is the Renaissance Downtown Hotel located in the heart of Columbus, Ohio.

You can see all the specifics about the hotel here:

Moreover, you can find more information about the area here: In addition, you may find information about Columbus and the various things it has to offer here:


The conference rate for EHA attendees is $149 per night.



To ensure the accuracy of your reservations, please make reservations in one of the following two ways.

1. By booking online through the following link.

Please note the link is case sensitive.


2. By calling Renaissance Enhanced Group Reservations at 877-901-6632. You can also call the property directly at (614)228-5050 and be connected. Please be sure to ask for Passkey Reservations and request to book rooms with the Economic History Association 2014 Annual Conference to receive the discounted group rate of $149.

If you experience any difficulties in making your reservations, please contact Jari Eloranta (