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 2019 Annual Meeting


Call for Papers: EHA 2019: ‘Markets and Governments in Economic History’


Annual Meeting of the Economic History Association, in Atlanta, Georgia, September 13-15, 2019


The theme for EHA 2019 is “Markets and Governments in Economic History.” The interactions between markets and governments are central issues in the organization of economies. From the beginning of time, groups of people had to decide whether to let their members trade resources and the fruits of their efforts freely or whether to distribute them in alternative ways in which the group set up rules for use and distribution of resources and output. Governments ranged from contractual states to predatory states based on the extent to which the participants negotiated the rules or a subset imposed their rules on others. As societies grew larger, the debates about capitalism, socialism, communism, manorialism, and other “isms” centered on the nexus between markets and governments. Within the last 250 years more governments have loosened the reins and given people more economic freedom to produce and trade more freely in markets. Even in those countries the interactions between markets and governments have been fluid as the interest groups in society have worked through the political process to provide more social insurance to protect against risk, established regulations, adjusted defense spending, solve new problems, or establish new rules that favor their position. The theme offers scholars a broad range of options for proposals. Papers on markets alone, governments alone, or other topics are also welcome.


The Program Committee, consisting of Taylor Jaworski (University of Colorado) (chair), together with Kenneth Snowden (University of North Carolina, Greensboro), Steve Nafziger (Williams University), and Doug Irwin (Dartmouth University), welcomes submissions on all subjects in economic history, though some preference will be given to papers that fit the theme of the conference. Papers should be submitted individually, but authors may suggest to the Committee that three particular papers fit well together in a panel. Papers should in all cases be works in progress rather than accepted or published work. Submitters should let the program committee know at the time of application if the paper they are proposing has already been submitted for publication. Individuals who presented or co-authored a paper presented at the 2018 meeting are not eligible for inclusion in the 2019 program. Paper proposals should include a 3-5 page proposal and a 150 –word abstract suitable for publication in the Journal of Economic History. Please note that at least one of the authors needs to be a member of EHA. The submission system is now closed and no further proposals will be accepted at this stage.


Graduate students are encouraged to attend the meeting. The association offers subsidies for travel, hotel, registration, and meals, including a special graduate student dinner. A poster session welcomes work from dissertations in progress. Applications for the poster session are due no later than May 21, 2019 online on the meetings website. The poster submission system is open: http://eh.net/eha/poster-submission/. The dissertation session, convened by Richard Hornbeck (University of Chicago) and Debin Ma (London School of Economics) will honor six dissertations completed during the 2018-2019 academic year. The submission deadline is June 1, 2019. The Allan Nevins and Alexander Gerschenkron prizes will be awarded to the best dissertations on North American and non-North American topics respectively. Dissertations must be submitted as a single PDF file.  Files of less than 5 MB in size may be sent directly to the conveners as an email attachment. To submit a file over 5 MB, please supply a download link in an email message. The Nevins prize submissions should be sent to: Richard.Hornbeck@chicagobooth.edu and the Gerschenkron prize submissions to: d.ma1@lse.ac.uk.. All submissions will be acknowledged by return email.

2018 Prizes Awarded at Annual Meeting

The Economic History Association announced the 2018 prize winners at the Annual Meeting held recently in Montreal.

Gillian Brunet received the Allan Nevins Prize for the Best Dissertation in U.S. or Canadian Economic History, for her dissertation “Understanding The Effects of Fiscal Policy: Measurement, Mechanisms, and Lessons from History”, completed at the University of California_Berkeley. Advisors: Christina Romer (chair), Barry Eichengreen, Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Noam Yuchtman. (This prize is awarded on behalf of Columbia University Press.)

Eric Prawitz received the Alexander Gerschenkron Prize for the Best Dissertation in non-US or Canadian Economic History, for his dissertation “On the Move: Essays on the Economic and Political Development of Sweden”, completed at Stockholm University. Advisors: Jakob Svensson

Howard Bodenhorn, Clemson University, was awarded the annual Jonathan Hughes Prize honoring excellence in teaching economic history.

Mohamed Saleh, Toulouse School of Economics, was awarded the Cole Prize for his article “On the Road to Heaven: Taxation, Conversion, and the Coptic-Muslim Socioeconomic Gap in Medieval Egypt”, published in the June 2018 issue of the Journal of Economic History.

There was a tie for the Alice Hansen Jones Prize this year.  Leah Platt Boustan was awarded for her book “Competition in the Promised Land: Black Migrants in Northern Cities and Labor Markets” published by Princeton University Press and  Douglas Irwin was awarded for his book “Clashing over Commerce: A History of U.S. Trade Policy” published by University of Chicago Press.

Jeremy Atack, Vanderbilt University, was awarded the inaugural Engerman-Goldin Prize for creating, compiling, and sharing data and information with scholars.

The EHA Board approved two new awards this year to be awarded to up to two people annually at the discretion of the JEH Editors. The award for Excellence in Refereeing for the Journal of Economic History went to Laura Salisbury, York University, and Walker Hanlon, New York University. The award for Exceptional Service to the Journal of Economic History Editorial Board went to Sumner La Croix, University of Hawaii.

Congratulations to the 2018 awardees!

Congratulations to the 2018 EHA Grants and Fellowship Winners

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


The 2018 awardees are:

Arthor H. Cole Grant in Aid for Post-Doctoral Research :
Satiago Perez, University of California_Davis
Wei You, New York University


Economic History Association Dissertation Fellowships
Abhay Aneja, University of California_Berkeley
Aniket Panjwani, Northwestern University


Cambridge University Press Dissertation Fellowship
Itzchak Raz, Harvard University


Sokoloff Dissertation Fellowship
Yuzuru Kumon, University of California_Davis
Hui Ren Tan, Boston University


Cambridge University Press Pre-Dissertation Exploratory Grants
Mallory Hope, Yale University
Muly San, New York University


Economic History Association Pre-Dissertation Exploratory Grants
Matthew Curtis, University of California_Davis
Jeffrey Groesbeck, Toulouse School of Economics
Jessica LaVoice, University of Pittsburgh
Matthew Lowenstein, University of Chicago
Brian Marein, University of Colorado_Boulder
Korevaar Matthijs, Maastricht University
Muhamad Yusri Bin Mohamed Supiyan, University of Washington


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

National Coalition of History

The Economic History Association is a proud member of the National Coalition for History. NCH is a consortium of more than 50 organizations that advocates on federal legislative and regulatory issues affecting historians, archivists, researchers, teachers, students, preservationists, political scientists, museum professionals, genealogists, and other stakeholders. Priority issues include maximizing researcher access to government records and information, support for history education, and funding for agencies like the National Archives, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Park Service, and Institute of Museum and Library Services. NCH is also a driving force behind the Congressional History Caucus.

For more information, and to sign up for email alerts, visit historycoalition.orgNCH-Logo_FINAL_hires (2)

EHA Board of Trustee’s Issues Statement on Economics Job Market Rumors Website

At the recent 2017 Board of Trustee meeting in San Jose, CA the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to issue the following statement:


The Economic History Association prides itself on its openness to all, regardless of gender, sexuality, race or religion.  The EHA embraces a spirit of respect and tolerance to foster collegiality and to encourage and develop graduate students and faculty.


The values exhibited on the internet message board, Economics Job Market Rumors, are antithetical to those we embrace.  The Board of Trustees condemns unequivocally the abusive language on the EJMR site, including but not limited to the sexist, racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic statements.  This type of language has no place in academic debate and discourse.


The following EHA members and conference attendees have joined the Board in their support of this statement:


Board of Directors:
Lee Alston
Martha Bailey
Michael  Bordo
Leah Boustan
William J. Collins
Ann Carlos
Claude Diebolt
Jari Eloranta
Price V. Fishback
Michel Haupert
Philip Hoffman
Matthew Jaremski
Robert A. Margo
Carolyn Moehling
Cormac Ó Gráda


Additional Supporters:
Ran Abramitzky
Chris  Absell
Vellore Arthi
Leticia Arroyo-Abad
Cihan Artunc
Jeremy Atack
Jeffrey  Auerbach
Duman Bahramirad
Brian Beach
Jessica  Bean
Peter Bent
Peter Boettke
George R. Boyer
Stephen Broadberry
Gillian Brunet
Wayne  Camard
Art Carden
Leonard Carlson
Mike Cerneant
Latika Chaudary
Geoffrey Clark
Gregory Clark
David Clingingsmith
Lisa D.  Cook
Matt Curtis
Jan de Vries
Nate Delaney
Melissa Dell
Ellora Derenoncourt
Kara Dimitruk
Alexander Donges
Mauricio Drelichman
Brandon Dupont
Alan Dye
Michael Edelstein
Barry Eichengreen
Katherine Eriksson
Joes-Antonio Espin-Sanchez
James Feigenbaum
Andreas Ferrara
Daniel Fetter
Alexander J. Field
Theresa Finley
Sebastian Fleitas
Caroline Fohlin
German Forero-Laverde
Johan Fourie
Ewout Frankema
Carola Frydman
Leigh Gardner
Frank W. Garmon, Jr.
Vincent Geloso
Michela Giorcelli
Claudia Goldin
Michael Gou
Rowena Gray
Amanda Gregg
Michael Haines
Christopher Hanes
Walker Hanlon
Knick Harley
Ron Harris
Carol E. Heim
Eric Hilt
Michael Hornbeck
Michael Huberman
Andrea Incerpi
D.S. Jacks
Joe Jackson
Trevor Jackson
Andrew Jalil
Harold James
Youngook Jang
Taylor    Jaworski
Noel Johnson
Maggie Jones
Reka Juhasz
Wright Kennedy
Carl Kitchens
Christopher Koenig
Matthijs Korevaar
Edward Kosack
Peter Koudus
Mark Koyama
Sumner La Croix
Alvara La Parra-Perez
Naomi R. Lamoueaux
Jeremy Land
John Landon-Lane
Nathaniel Lane
Gianpaulo Lecce
Tim Leunig
Sijie Li
Yajing Li
Trevon D. Logan
Paul Lombard
Jason Long
Gabriel Mathy
John J. McCusker
Chris Meissner
Christopher Minns
Cathrin Mohr
Joel Mokyr
Eduardo Montero
Matthias Morys
Petra Moser
Wadan Narsey
Greg Niemesh
Nathan Nunn
Andrew Odlyzko
Alan L. Olmstead
Martha Olney
Kim Oosterlinck
Craig Palsson
John Parman
Santiago Perez
Elizabeth Perman
Alexander Persaud
Florian Ploeckl
Erik Prawitz
Sarah Quincy
Daniel Raff
Itzhak Raz
Angela Redish
Paul Rhode
Koike Rioji
Hugh Rockoff
Joshua Rosenbloom
Elyce Rotella
Gisela Rua
Jared Rubin
Martin Saavedra
Ethan Schmick
Jakob Schneebacher
Grace Seale
Katie Shester
Masato Shizume
Jochen Streb
William Summerhill
William A. Sundstrom
John Tang
Melissa Thomasson
Rohit Ticku
Gaspare Tortorici
John Turner
Nicola Tynan
Patrick Van Horn
Marlous van Waijenburg
Jesssica Vechbanyongratana
Evan Wallace
Jon Wallis
Lorena S. Walsh
Marianne Wanamaker
Zach Ward
Simone A. Wegge
David Weiman
Colin Weiss
Tom Weiss
Lily Welch
Eugene White
Sam Williamson
Janine Wilson
Susan Wolcott
Cathe Wright
Gavin Wright
Heyu Xiong
Chenzi Xu
Guo Xu
Meng Xue
David Yang
Sin Joan Yee
Ariell Zimran


EHA members wishing to have their name added to this list can send an email to lsooter@eh.net.

2017 Prizes Awarded at Annual Meeting

The Economic History Association announced the 2017 prize winners at the Annual Meeting held recently in San Jose, CA.

Vellore Arthi received the Allan Nevins Prize for the Best Dissertation in U.S. or Canadian Economic History, for her dissertation “Human Capital Formation and the American Dust Bowl”, completed at the University of Oxford. Advisors: James Fenske, Jane Humphries (This prize is awarded on behalf of Columbia University Press.)

Michela Giorcelli received the Alexander Gerschenkron Prize for the Best Dissertation in non-US or Canadian Economic History, for her dissertation “Economic Recovery and the Determinants of Production and Innovation: Evidence from Post-WWII Italy”, completed at Stanford University. Advisors: Ran Abramitzky (chair), Nick Bloom, Pascaline Dupas, and Melanie Morten

Nicholas Crafts, University of Warwick, was awarded the annual Jonathan Hughes Prize honoring excellence in teaching economic history.

Trevon Logan and John Parman were awarded the Cole Prize for their article “The National Rise in Segregation”, published in the March 2017 issue of the Journal of Economic History.

Bruce Campbell, Queen’s University_Belfast, was awarded the Gyorgi Ranki Prize  for his book, The Great Transition: Climate, Disease and Society in the Late-Medieval World, Cambridge University Press 2016.

Michael Haines, Colgate University, was awarded the inaugural Robert Gallman/William Parker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Data Preservation.

Congratulations to the 2017 awardees!

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.