Saturday, 8:30-10 AM


Session #6:  The Decisive Role of Bond Markets

Chair:  George Grantham, McGill University


David Chambers (Cambridge University), Sergei Sarkissian (McGill University) and Michael Schill (University of Virginia), “Geography and Capital: Global Finance and the U.S. Railroad Industry”


Kim Oosterlinck, (Universitelibre de Bruxelles), Loredana Ureche-Rangau (Universite de Picardie Jules Verne) and Jacques Marie-Vaslin (Universite de Picardie Jules Verne), “Waterloo: A Godsend for French Finance?”


Kirsten Wandschneider (Occidental College), “Landschaften as Credit Purveyors – The Example of East Prussia”



Mark Weidenmier (Chambers)

Angela Redish, University of British Columbia (Oosterlinck)

Richard Sylla, NYU Stern (Wandschneider)



Session #7:  Market Access and Trade: Causes and Consequences

Chair:  Michael Huberman


Theresa Gutberlet (University of Arizona), “Cheap Coal, Market Access, and Industry Location in Germany, 1846-1882”


Florian Ploeckl (University of Oxford), “It’s All in the Mail: Information Exchange, Market Access,  Amenities, and the Spatial Structure of the German Empire”


Wolfgang Keller (University of Colorado, Boulder), Ben Li (Boston College),and Carol H. Shiue (University of Colorado, Boulder), “Shanghai’s Trade, China’s Growth: Continuity, Recovery, and Change since the Opium War”


Discussants: Dan Bogart, UC-Irvine (Gutberlet)

Elisabeth Perlman, Boston University (Ploeckl)

Chiaki Moriguchi, Hitosubashi Univerisity (Keller-Shiue)



Session #8: Internal and International Migration

Chair:  Ran Abramitzky, Stanford University


Guillaume Daudin (Sciences Po), Raphael Frank (Bar-Ilan University), and Hillel Rapoport (Harvard University), “Fertility Convergence through Internal Migration: France in the 19th Century”


Catherine Massey (University of Colorado, Boulder), “Immigration Quotas and Immigrant Skill Composition: Evidence from the Pacific Northwest”


Joseph Ferrie (Northwestern University) and Jason Long (Colby College), “British, American, and British-American Social Mobility: Intergenerational Occupational Change among Migrants and Non-Migrants in the Late 19th Century”



Isabelle Sin, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research (Daudin-Frank-Rapoport)

David Green, UBC (Massey)

Laura Salisbury, Boston University (Ferrie-Long)



Saturday, 10:30 AM – Noon


Session #9: Financial Crises in the United States

Chair:  David Wheelock, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis


Christopher Hanes (Binghamton University) and Paul Rhode (University of Michigan), “Harvests and Financial Crises in Gold-Standard America”


Mary Tone Rodgers (University of South Florida Polytechnic), “An Overlooked Central Bank Rescue: How the Bank of France Ended the American Panic of 1907”


Carola Frydman (Boston University) and Eric Hilt (Wellesley College), “The Panic of 1907: JP Morgan, Trust Companies, and the Impact of the Financial Crisis”



Jon Moen, University of Mississippi (Hanes-Rhode)

John James, University of Virginia (Rodgers)

David Wheelock, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Frydman-Hilt)



Session #10:  Slavery and Serfdom

Chair:  Gavin Wright, Stanford University


Jeremiah Dittmar (American University and IAS) and Suresh Naidu (Columbia University), “Peculiar Institutions: The Economics of Slavery in the USA”


James Fenske (University of Oxford) and Namrata Kala (Yale University), “Temperature Shocks and the Slave Trade”


Steven Nafziger (Williams College), “Serfdom, Land Inequality, and Economic Development in Tsarist Russia”



Allison Shertzer, University of Pittsburgh (Dittmar-Naidu)

Warren Whatley, University of Michigan (Fenske)

Christian Dippel, UCLA (Nafziger)



Session #11:  Households and Firms in US Economic History

Chair:  Price Fishback, University of Arizona


Ryan Lampe (DePaul University) and Petra Moser (Stanford University), “Do Patent Pools Encourage Innovation? Evidence from 20 Industries in the 1930s”


Li Liu (University of Oxford), “Income Taxation and Business Incorporation: Evidence from the Early 20th Century”


Louis Cain (Loyola and Northwestern Universities), Sok Chul Hong (Sogang University) and Carlos Villareal (University of Chicago), “Inter-Urban Health Disparities: Survival in the Wards of 19th Century American Cities”



Naomi Lamoreaux, Yale University (Lampe-Moser)

John Wallis, University of Maryland (Liu)

Greg Niemesh, Vanderbilt University (Cain-Hong-Villareal)