Economic History Association
61st Annual Meeting
Finance and Economic Modernization
September 14-16, 2001
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
1:00 - 2:00 pm
The Federal Reserve and
the Financial Markets
Henry Kaufman (Pres., Henry
Kaufman & Co.) and
Paul Volcker (former Chair,
Federal Reserve Board)
2:30 - 4:00 pm
A. The Cultural Framework
Ghislaine Lydon, (UCLA). "Credit, Credibility and Coalitions: Financing
Trans-Saharan Trade in Nineteenth Century Western Africa"
Marie Duggan (Keene). "Financing Spanish Expansion: Medieval Economic Ethics
in Indian America"
B. Crises in History
Kerry Odell (Scripps) and Marc Weidenmeir (Claremont). "Shock and Aftershock:
The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and the Panic of 1907"
Gail Triner (Rutgers). "International Capital and the Brazilian Encilhamento,
1889-1893: An Early Example of Contagion among Emerging Capital Markets"
C. Early US Financial Evolution
Jane Knodell (Vermont). "Financial Deepening on the Frontier: The Antebellum
Warren Weber (Minneapolis Fed and Minnesota), Arthur J. Rolnick (Minneapolis
Fed), and Bruce D. Smith (Texas, Austin). "A Common Currency with "Uncommon"
Bank Regulation: Some Lessons from U.S.Monetary History"
4:30 - 6:00 pm
A. The Big Picture I
Peter Temin, (MIT). "A Market Economy in the Early Roman Empire"
Maristella Botticini (Boston Univ.) and Zvi Eckstein (Tel Aviv).
"A Human Capital Interpretation of the Economic History of the Jews"
B. Medieval Affairs
Meir Kohn (Dartmouth). "Finance Perspectives on the Organization of the
John Munro (Toronto). "The Origins of the Modern Financial Revolution:
Responses to Impediments from Church and State in Western Europe, 1200-1600"
C. The Gold Standard
Chris Meissner (University of Cambridge). "A New World Order: The Emergence
of the Classical Gold Standard, 1870-1913"
Concepcion Garcia-Iglesias (Pompeu Fabra). "Interest Rate Risk and Monetary
Union in the European Periphery: Lessons from the Gold Standard,
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
1:00 - 2:40 pm
A. The Great Depression
Martha Olney (Berkeley). "Avoiding Default, Avoiding Bankrupcy: Household
Behaviour in the 1930s...and the 2000s?"
Lee Ohanian (UCLA). "New Deal Policies and the Persistence of the Great
Charles Calomiris (Columbia) and Joe Mason (Drexel). "Did Banking
Distress Deepen the Great Depression?"
B. Macro History
Pierre-Cyrille Hautcoeur (Orleans) and Michael Bordo (Rutgers). "The Cost
and Benefits of France Adopting British Style Stabilization Policies after
World War One"
Forrest Capie (City) and Geoffrey Wood (City). "Asset Prices and Economic
Performance: Britain, 1870 to 1939"
Marc Flandreau (University of Lille, OFCE, and CEPR) and John Komlos. "Efficiency,
Stability and Credibility in Early Target Zones: The Austro-Hungarian Case,
1896 - 1914."
C. Colonial Experiences
Siddharth Chandra (Pittsburgh). "The Opium Regie in the Netherlands Indies:
Colonial Cash Cow or Drug Policy Triumph?"
Santhi Hejeebu (Iowa, Departments of Economics and History). "Signing with
John Company: Contract Enforcement in Overseas Enterprises"
Linda Wimmer (Southwest). "Give Us Good Black Tobacco": Brazilian Tobacco,
Indigenous Consumer Demand and Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Hudson's
Bay Company's Fur Trade, 1750-1800"
3:00 - 4:40
A. The Big Picture II
Jeffrey Williamson (Harvard) and Kevin O'Rourke (Trinity). "After Columbus:
Explaining the Global Trade Boom, 1500-1800"
Antoni Esteveordal (IDB), Brian Frantz (USAID), and Alan Taylor (Davis).
"World Trade and the Gold Standard, 1870-1939."
Greg Clark (Davis) "The Secret History of the Industrial Revolution"
B. The Role of Equity Markets
Lance Davis (Caltech), Larry Neal (Illinois) and Eugene White (Rutgers).
"The Long Term Evolution of the NYSE's Microstructure: Evidence from the
Pricing of Seats on the Exchange"
Masayoshi Tsurumi (Hosei and Virginia). "Financial Development and Capital
Structure in 19th Century Japan and the USA"
Hans-Joachim Voth (Cambridge and UPF, Barcelona). "Stock Market Liberalization,
the Cost of Capital and Economic Growth in Post-war Europe"
C. Finance and Development
Stephen Haber (Stanford) and Kenneth Sokoloff (UCLA). "The Law and Financial
Development: Evidence from the Americas"
Noel Maurer (ITAM) and Tridib Sharma. "Enforcing Property Rights
Through Reputation: Mexico's Early Industrialization, 1878-1913"
Aldo Musacchio (Stanford). "Institutions and Modernization: The Rio de
Janeiro Stock Exchange and the Industrialization of Brazil, 1889-1930"
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Bubble, Bubble, Toil and
Niall Ferguson (Oxford),
Peter Garber (Brown and Deutsche
Robert Shiller (Yale)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
8:30 - 10:30 am
A. The Role of Banking
Andrew Seltzer (Royal Holloway). "A Comparison between Unit and Branch
Banking: Australian Evidence on Portfolio Diversification and Branch Specialization,
Caroline Fohlin (Caltech). "Economic, Political, and Legal Factors in Financial
System Development: International Patterns in Historical Perspective"
Francesco Galassi and Lucy Newton (Warwick). "My Word is my Bond: Reputation
as Collateral in 19th Century English Provincial Banking."
B. The Textile Industry
James Bessen (Research on innovation). "The Skills of the Unskilled in
the American Industrial Revolution"
Michael Huberman (Montreal). "When Labor Hires Capital: Evidence
from Lancashire, 1870-1914"
Tim Leunig (LSE). "Can Lower Rates of Labour Productivity in US Cotton
Mills Be Explained by Higher Rates of Worker Turnover?"
10:45 am - 12:45 pm
A. Finance in Colonial
British North America
David Flynn (Indiana). "The Demography of Debts in Colonial New England"
Ron Michener (Virginia). "Depression in Colonial New York: The Role of
Monetary Mismanagement in Stirring Revolutionary Discontent"
Robert E. Wright (Virginia). "Interest Rate Risk, Illiquid Assets and Information
Asymmetries: Balance Sheet Deterioration and "Debtor" Angst in Colonial
B. The Changing Aspects of
Land in the U.S.
Lee Alston (Illinois) and Joe Ferrie (Northwestern). "Job Mobility over
Time Across the U.S.: Evidence on the 'Agricultural Ladder'"
Price Fishback (Arizona) and Shawn Kantor (Arizona). "The Origins
of Modern Housing Finance in the United States: The Role of the Federal
Housing Administration during the Great Depression"
Alan Olmstead (Davis) and Paul Rhode (North Carolina). "Biological Innovation
and Productivity Growth in American Wheat Production, 1800-1940"
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