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Final Schedule:



1:00pm – 2:30pm Sessions


  1. Race and Economic Outcomes in the First Half of the Twentieth Century

Chair: Robert A. Margo (Boston University)

Richard Baker (The College of New Jersey), ”School Resources and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from Early Twentieth-Century Georgia”

William Collins (Vanderbilt University) and Marianne Wanamaker (University of Tennessee), “Intergenerational Mobility in the Shadow of Jim Crow”

Tim Larsen (Vanderbilt University), “The Strange Career of Jim Crow: Labor Scarcity and Racial Treatment in the Postbellum South”



Baker: Trevon Logan (Ohio State University)

Collins and Wanamaker: Robert A. Margo (Boston University)

Larsen: Ellora Derenoncourt (Harvard University)


  1. Innovation

Chair: Carola Frydman (Boston University)

Michela Giorcelli (Stanford University), “The Effect of Management and Technology Diffusion on Firm Productivity: Evidence from the US Marshall Plan in Italy”

Francesco Cinnirella (Ifo Institute, Munich) and Jochen Streb (University of Mannheim), “Religious Diversity and Innovation: Historical Evidence from Patenting Activity”

Elisabeth Perlman (Boston University), “Dense Enough To Be Brilliant: Patents, Urbanization, and Transportation in Nineteenth Century America Market Access”



Giorcelli: Carola Frydman (Boston University)

Cinnirella: Mark Koyama (George Mason University)

Perlman: Dan Bogart (UC-Irvine)


3:00pm – 4:30pm Sessions


  1. Finance and Housing Prices

Chair: Jeremy Atack (Vanderbilt University)

Jason Barr (Rutgers University) and Fred Smith (Davidson College), “What’s Manhattan Worth? A Land Value Index from 1950 to 2013”

Katharina Knoll (Free University of Berlin), Moritz Schularick (University of Bonn), and Thomas Steger (University of Leipzig), “No Price Like Home: Global House Prices, 1870-2012”

Ronan Lyons (Trinity College Dublin), “Measuring house prices in the long run: Insights from Dublin, 1900-2015”



Barr and Smith: Carlos Villarreal (University of Chicago)

Knoll et al: Trevor Kollmann (RMIT)

Lyons: Kenneth Snowden  (UNC-Greensboro)


  1. Public Health Interventions

Chair: Werner Troesken (University of Pittsburgh)

Marcella Alsan (Stanford University) and Claudia Goldin (Harvard University), “Watersheds in Infant Mortality: The Role of Effective Water and Sewage Infrastructure, 1880-1915”

Jonathan Fox (Freie Universitaet Berlin), “Origins and Effects of Rural Public Health Programs in North Carolina”

Walker Hanlon (UCLA), “Pollution and Mortality in the Nineteenth Century”



Alsan and Goldin: Joshua Lewis (University of Montreal)

Fox: Carolyn Moehling (Rutgers)

Hanlon: Werner Troesken (University of Pittsburgh)


  1. Colonial Africa

Chair: Timothy Guinnane (Yale University)

Jutta Bolt (University of Groningen) and Leigh Gardner (LSE), “De-compressing history? Pre-colonial institutions and Local Government Finance in British colonial Africa”

Federico Tadei (Bocconi University), “Colonial Trade and Price Gaps in Africa”

Marlous van Waijenburg (Northwestern University), “Financing the African Colonial State: The Revenue Imperative and Forced Labor”



Bolt and Gardner: Johan Fourie (University of Stellenbosch)

Tadei: Claudia Rei (Vanderbilt University)

van Waijenburg: Peter Lindert (UC-Davis)


4:45pm – 6.15pm Session


75th Anniversary of EHA Panel: The Future of Economic History

Ran Abramitzky (Stanford University)

William Collins (Vanderbilt University)

Naomi Lamoreaux (Yale University)

Kris Mitchener (Santa Clara University)




8:30am – 10:00am Sessions


  1. Slave Owners in the Wake of Abolition

Chair: Alan Olmstead (UC-Davis)

Lisa D. Cook (Michigan State University), “The New National Lynching Data Set”

Christian Dippel (UCLA) and Jean Paul Carvalho (UC Irvine), “The Iron Law of Oligarchy: The Post-Slavery Caribbean Sugar Colonies”

Brandon Dupont (Western Washington University) and Joshua Rosenbloom (University of Kansas), “The Impact of the Civil War on Southern Wealth Mobility”



Cook: Gavin Wright (Stanford)

Dippel and Carvalho: Alan Dye (Barnard College)

Dupont and Rosenbloom: John Parman (College of William and Mary)


  1. Off Wall Street: Finance and Banking in the 19th Century US

Chair: Alexander Field (Santa Clara University)

Christopher Cotter (Vanderbilt University), “Railroad Failures and the Panic of 1873”

Manuel Alejandro Bautista Gonzalez (Columbia University), “A City between Nations: Domestic and Foreign Currencies in New Orleans, Interregional and External Trade of the Antebellum South, 1856-1860”

Haeilim Park (United States Treasury) and John Bluedorn (IMF), “Stopping Contagion with Bank Bailouts: Micro-Evidence from Pennsylvania Bank Networks during the Panic of 1884”



Cotter: Benjamin Chabot (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)

Bautista Gonzalez: Matt Jaremski (Colgate University)

Park and Bluedorn: Mary Rodgers (SUNY-Oswego)


  1. The Quantity-Quality Tradeoff in Historical Perspective

Chair: Tomas Cvrcek (University College London)

Vincent Bignon (Bank of France) and Cecilia Garcia-Penalosa (Aix-Marseille University and CESifo), “Protectionism and the Education–Fertility Tradeoff in Late 19th Century France”

Gregory Clark (UC Davis) and Neil Cummins (LSE), “The Child Quality-Quantity Tradeoff, England, 1750-1880: Is a Fundamental Component of the Economic Theory of Growth Missing?”

Claude Diebolt (University of Strasbourg), Tapas Mishra (University of Southampton), and Faustine Perrin (Lund University), “Clio’s Role for Economic Growth: New Findings on the Quantity-Quality Tradeoff in 19th Century France”



Bignon and Garcia-Penalosa: Paul Sharp (University of Southern Denmark)

Clark and Cummins: Tomas Cvrcek (University College London)

Diebolt and Perrin: Philipp Ager (University of Southern Denmark)


10:30am – 12:00pm Sessions


  1. Women in Marriage and Labor Markets

Chair: Elyce Rotella (Indiana University Bloomington)

Joyce Burnette (Wabash College) and Maria Stanfors (Lund University), “The Gender Gap in Turn of the Century Swedish Manufacturing”

Martin Dribe (Lund University), Björn Eriksson (Lund University), and Francesco Scalone (University of Bologna), “Migration, Marriage and Social Mobility. Women in Sweden during Industrialization”

Marc Goni (University of Vienna), “Assortative Matching and Persistent Inequality: Evidence from the World’s Most Exclusive Marriage Market”


Burnette and Stanfors: Jessica Bean (Denison University)

Dribe et al.: Laura Salisbury (York University)

Goni: Gregory Clark (UC-Davis)


  1. Post-Colonial Africa

Chair: Warren Whatley (University of Michigan)

Johan Fourie (Stellenbosch University) and Alfonso Herranz-Loncan (University of Barcelona), “The efficiency of Cape Colony railways and the origins of racial inequality”

Sara Lowes (Harvard University) and Eduardo Montero (Harvard University), “Blood Rubber: The Effects of Labor Coercion on Development and Culture in the DRC”

Johannes Norling (University of Michigan), “Family Planning and Fertility in South Africa under Apartheid”



Fourie and Herranz-Loncan: Marlous van Waijenburg (Northwestern University)

Lowes and Montero: Leigh Gardner (London School of Economics)

Norling: Marianne Wanamaker (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)


  1. Inequality in the Long Run

Chair: Kirsten Wandschneider (Occidental College)

Guido Alfani (Bocconi University) and Sergio Sardone (Bocconi University), “Long Term Trends in Economic Inequality in Southern Italy”

Simone Wegge (College of Staten Island & The Graduate Center), “Inequality in Wealth: Evidence from Land Ownership in Mid-19th Century Germany”

Se Yan (Peking University), “Civil Exams and Social Mobility: Jinshi’s Exam Performances and Official Careers in Ming China (1368-1644)”



Alfani and Sardone: Yannay Spitzer (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Wegge: Kirsten Wandschneider (Occidental College)

Yan: Cong Liu (University of Arizona)


4:30pm – 5.45pm


Plenary Session: Contemporary Inequality in the United States

Martha Bailey (University of Michigan)

Gary Solon (Michigan State University)

Jacob Vigdor (University of Washington)


6pm – 7pm


Presidential Address: 

Obama, Katrina, and the Persistence of Racial Inequality

Robert Margo (Boston University)




8:30am – 10:00am Sessions


  1. Institutions and Long-Term Development

Chair: Dan Bogart (UC-Irvine)

Carlos Alvarez-Nogal (Universidad Carlos III) and Christopher Chamley (Boston University), “Crecimientos: refinancing the Public Debt in Castile before 1600”

Paul Dower (New Economic School-Moscow), Evgeny Finkel (George Washington University), Scott Gehlbach (University of Wisconsin-Madison), and Steven Nafziger (Williams College), “Collective Action and Representation in Autocracies: Evidence from Russia’s Great Reforms”

Dongwoo Yoo (West Virginia University), “Mapping and Economic Development: Spatial Information Matters”



Alvarez-Nogal and Chamley: Philip Hoffman (Caltech)

Dower et al: Amanda Gregg (Middlebury College)

Yoo: Noam Yuchtman (UC-Berkeley)


  1. Migration in Economic History

Chair: William Collins (Vanderbilt University)

Rowena Gray (UC-Merced), “Evaluating a Great Migration: Chain Migration and its Influence on Housing Prices in New York City, 1880-1950”

Jason Long (Wheaton College) and Henry Siu (University of British Columbia), “Refugees from Dust and Shrinking Land: Tracking the Dust Bowl Migrants”

James Siodla (Colby College), “Making the Move: The impact of the 1906 Disaster on Business Relocations and Industry Clustering”



Gray: Katharine Shester (Washington and Lee University)

Long and Siu: Katherine Eriksson (California Polytechnic State University)

Siodla: Edson Severnini (Carnegie Mellon University)


  1. Slavery: The Terms of Entrenchment

Chair: Paul Rhode (University of Michigan)

Elena Esposito (European University Institute), “Side Effects of Immunities: the African Slave Trade”

Conor Lennon (University of Pittsburgh), “The Impact of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act on Slave Prices”

Mohamed Saleh (Toulouse School of Economics), “The Cotton Boom, Slavery, and Land Inequality in the Nineteenth-Century Rural Egypt”



Esposito: Walker Hanlon (UCLA)

Lennon: Jonathan Pritchett (Tulane University)

Saleh: Eric Chaney (Harvard University)


10:30am – 12:00pm Sessions


  1. Transmission of Culture

Chair: Leonard Carlson (Emory University)

Vasiliki Fouka (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), “Backlash: The Unintended Effects of Language Prohibition in US schools after World War l”

Melinda Miller (U.S. Naval Academy), “Assimilation and Economic Performance: The Case of Federal Indian Policy”

Trevor Kollman (RMIT University), “Racial Segregation in the Interwar United States: A Dynamic Segregation Approach”



Fouka: Richard Hornbeck (University of Chicago)

Miller: David M. Wishart (Wittenberg University)

Valencia: Justin Bucciferro (Eastern Washington University)


  1. U.S. Policy Effects in the Great Depression and World War II

Chair: Price Fishback (University of Arizona)

Daniel K. Fetter (Wellesley College) and Lee Lockwood (Northwestern University), “Means-tested Old Age Support and Private Behavior: Evidence from the Old Age Assistance Program”

Sebastian Fleitas (University of Arizona), Price Fishback (University of Arizona), and Kenneth Snowden (University of North Carolina, Greensboro), “Why Does Recovery from Mortgage Credit Crises Take So Long? Institutional Causes of Delay in Liquidation of Troubled Building and Loans During the Great Depression”

Taylor Jaworski (Queen’s University), “World War II and the Industrialization of the American South”



Fetter and Lockwood: Andrew Goodman-Bacon (University of Michigan)

Fleitas et al: Joshua Hausman (University of Michigan)

Jaworski: Dominick Bartelme (UC-Berkeley)