Economic History Association 2010 Annual Meeting



Complete Meetings Program:


Scholars who work on a single locality, period, or institution usually have in mind some kind of comparative question, although the comparative dimension is often implicit rather than explicitly articulated.  Recently, formal comparative approaches have figured more prominently in economic history. These approaches take a variety of forms, from detailed qualitative studies of two or more cases to quantitative examinations of large numbers of countries. This conference seeks to provoke a dialog between the comparative and the specific by attracting a broad range of papers that are implicitly or explicitly comparative. What do we learn from comparative work?  How can we make better comparisons?  What would we lose if all work was comparative?

The Program Committee (Timothy Guinnane, Yale University (Chair); Carolyn Moehling, Rutgers University; William Summerhill, UCLA; and Jan Luiten van Zanden, Utrecht University) will host numerous papers on all subjects in economic history, though some preference has been given to papers that specifically fit the theme. The deadline for submitting paper proposals has passed.

Papers should in all cases be works in progress rather than accepted or published work. Submitters should let the program committee know if the paper they are proposing has already been submitted for publication. Individuals who presented or co-authored a paper given at the 2009 meeting are not eligible for inclusion in the 2010 program.

The paper, poster, and dissertation presenters need to send in their revised paper abstracts, if they want to update their paper information, by July 1st latest to the Meetings Coordinator (Jari Eloranta). Those abstracts will be then used in the final conference program booklet. Moreover, paper presenters should send their complete papers to the Meetings Coordinator by August 1st latest. Note that the organizers cannot guarantee that papers sent after that date will be uploaded onto the conference website in time for the meeting. Additionally, paper presenters should send their papers to their session participants directly.

Graduate students are strongly 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. The deadline for the poster session applications has passed. However, graduate students can still check with the Meetings Coordinator to see if there are spaces left to attend the conference without the travel subsidies, i.e. enjoy the free (shared) hotel room and other discounts. The dissertation session convened by Eric Hilt (Wellesley College, and Nathan Sussman (Hebrew University, will honor six dissertations completed during the 2009-2010 academic year. The submission deadline is June 11, 2010. The Alexander Gerschenkron and Allan Nevins prizes will be awarded to the best dissertations on non-North American and North American topics respectively.

For further information, contact Meetings Coordinator Jari Eloranta at or see the meetings program for detailed description of the conference program and other pertinent details.


SUNDAY, September 26
Session 5: 8:30-10:00 a.m.
A. Banking and Finance: European Perspectives
Hinman Auditorium, 9th Floor
Jan Annaert, Frans Buelens, and Marc Deloof (University of Antwerp),Are Stocks Always Good in the Long Run? Evidence from Belgium 1838-2008.
Carsten Burhop (University of Cologne) and David Chambers (University of Cambridge), The Value of Regulation and Reputation: Going Public in London and Berlin, 1900-1913.
Richard S. Grossman and Masami Imai (Wesleyan University), Contingent Capital and Disorderly Deleveraging: Evidence from British Banking Experience in the Prewar Era.
B. Raising and Spending the Public’s Money
James, 9th Floor
Latika Chaudary (Scripps College), Aldo Musacchio (Harvard Business School), Steven Nafziger (Williams College), and Se Yan (Peking University),Big BRICs, Weak Foundations: The Beginning of Public Elementary Education in Brazil, Russia, India, and China, 1880-1920.
Mark Dincecco (IMT Lucca Institute for Advanced Studies), Giovanni Federico (European University Institute and University of Pisa) and Andrea Vindigni (Princeton University), Warfare and Taxation in Pre-Industrial Europe: Evidence from the Italian Risorgimento.
Oscar Gelderblom and Joost Jonker (University of Utrecht), One System, Seventeen Outcomes? Exploring Public Finance Policies and Outcomes in the Low Countries, 1514-1795.
Session 6: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
A. Health and Human Capital
Hinman Auditorium, 9th Floor
Brian Bettenhausen, Joseph Burton, Louis Cain and Robert Fogel (University of Chicago), Was What Ail’d Ya’ What Kill’d Ya’?
Christina Gathmann and Steffen Reinhold (University of Mannheim), Do Electoral Systems Affect your Health? Evidence from the Epidemiological Transition.
Darrell J. Glaser and Ahmed S. Rahman (United States Naval Academy), Skilled Labor Mobility During the Second Industrial Revolution.
B. When Bonds Go Bad
James, 9th Floor
Stéphanie Collet (Université Libre de Bruxelles), How Big is the Financial Penalty for Dictators? The Case of Cuban Bonds.
Chun-Yu Ho (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Dan Li (Fudan University), A Mirror of History: The Chinese Bond Market from 1921 to 1942.
Leonardo Weller (London School of Economics), What is Worst, Trade Crisis or Revolution? Foreign Creditors, Sovereign Debt and Bailouts in Brazil and Mexico, 1912-14.


SATURDAY, September 25
Session 3: 8:30-10:00 a.m.
A. Information: The Good, the Bad, and the Made-up
James, 9th Floor
Vincent Bignon and Marc Flandreau (Graduate Institute, Geneva), Defamation, Racketeering and the French Financial Press Before World War I.
Jeremiah Dittmar (American University),Information Technology and Economic Change: The Impact of the Printing Press.
Peter Koudijs (Universitat Pompeu Fabra),The Boats that Did not Sail: Evidence on the Sources of Asset Price Volatility from an 18th Century Natural Experiment.
B. The Economic History of Policy Interventions in the United States
Northshore, 2nd Floor
Daniel Aaronson and Bhashkar Mazumder (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago), The Impact of Rosenwald Schools on Black Student Achievement.
Rob Gillezeau (University of Michigan),Did the War on Poverty Cause Race Riots?
Gray Kimbrough (University of North Carolina, Greensboro), “The Educational Legacy of the Greatest Generation: Veteran Status and Children's Educational Attainment.” 
C. The Economic Implications of Identity
Hinman Auditorium, 9th Floor
Ying Bai and James Kai-sing Kung (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Religion or Knowledge Diffusion: A Protestant Economic History of China, 1840-1920.
Henning Hillmann and Brandy L. Aven (Stanford University), Fragmented Networks and Entrepreneurship in Late Imperial Russia.
Jacob Metzer (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Self-employment in Jewish Communities: A Comparative Examination Across Time and Places.
Session 4: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
A. The Legal Framework of Economic Life
James, 9th Floor
Ann M. Carlos and Jennifer Lamping (University of Colorado, Boulder),Bankruptcy and the Rights of Debtors in Eighteenth Century England.
Carola Frydman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)  and Eric Hilt (Wellesley College), Predators or Watchdogs? Bankers on Corporate Boards in the Era of Finance Capitalism.
Pierre-Cyrille Hautcoeur (EHESS-PSE), Amir Rezaee (Université d’Orléans-EDHEC) and Angelo Riva (EGS-IDHE Paris Ouest), How to Regulate a Financial Market? The Impact of the 1893-1898 Regulatory Reforms on the Paris Bourse.
B. Natural Resources
Northshore, 2nd Floor
Alan Dye (Barnard College, Columbia University) and Sumner J. La Croix (University of Hawaii-Manoa), The Political Economy of Land Privatization in Argentina and Australia, 1810-1856.
Richard Hornbeck and Pinar Keskin (Harvard University), Farming the Ogallala Aquifer: Short and Long-run Impacts of Groundwater Access.
Ian Keay (Queen’s University, Ontario),The Impact of Commodity Price Volatility on Resource Intensive Economies.
C. When People Move
Hinman Auditorium, 9th Floor
Johan Fourie (Stellenbosch University, Utrecht University) and Dieter von Fintel (Stellenbosch University),Settler Skills and Colonial Development.
Erik Hornung (University of Munich),Immigration and the Diffusion of Technology: The Huguenot Diaspora in Prussia.
Trevon D. Logan (Ohio State University) and Paul W. Rhode (University of Michigan), Moveable Feasts: A New Approach to Endogenizing Tastes.


FRIDAY, 24 September
Session 1: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
A. Banks and the Problems They Create
James, 9th Floor
Michael Bordo (Rutgers University), Angela Redish (University of British Columbia) and Hugh Rockoff (Rutgers University),Why Didn’t Canada Have a Banking Crisis in 2008?
Jagjit S. Chadha (University of Kent) and Elisa Newby (Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge), ‘Midas, Transmuting All, into Paper’: The Bank of England and the Banque de France during the Napoleonic Wars.
Moritz Schularick (Free University, Berlin) and Alan M. Taylor (University of California, Davis), Credit Booms Gone Bust: Monetary Policy, Leverage Cycles and Financial Crises, 1870-2008.”
B. Economic Growth in the Very Long Run
Bonbright, 9th Floor
Stephen Broadberry (University of Warwick), Bruce Campbell (Queen’s University, Belfast), Alexander Klein (University of Warwick), Mark Overton (University of Exeter) and Bas van Leeuwen (University of Warwick), British Economic Growth, 1270-1870.
Jeffrey G. Williamson (Harvard and Wisconsin),When, Where, and Why? Early Industrialization in the Poor Periphery, 1870-1940.”
Alvaro S. Pereira (Simon Fraser University), Jaime Reis (University of Lisbon), and Ana Margarida Silva (Instituto de Ciêcias Sociais), How Unequal is Latin Inequality? Five Centuries of Inequality, Portugal 1500-1910.
Session 2: 3:00-4:30 p.m.
A. Banks that Aren’t Banks
James, 9th Floor
Lars Boerner (Free University of Berlin) and John William Hatfield (Stanford University), The Economics of Debt-Clearing Mechanisms in Europe from the 13th to the 18th Century.
Christopher L. Colvin (London School of Economics), God and Risk: The Role of Religiosity in Rural Banking in Early 20th Century Netherlands."
Kirsten Wandschneider (Occidental College), Credit Intermediation in 18th Century Prussia – the Case of Landschaften.”
B. Technology
Bonbright, 9th Floor
Ralf Richter (Hans Böckler Foundation) and Jochen Streb (University of Hohenheim), Catching Up and Falling Behind: Knowledge Spillover from American to German Machine Tool Makers.
Ross Thomson (University of Vermont),Eras of Technological Convergence: Machine Tools and Mechanization in the United States, 1820-1929.
Karine van der Beek (Ben-Gurion University), Technology-Skill Complementarity on the Eve of the Industrial Revolution: New Evidence from England (1710-1770).
C. The Origins and Consequences of Institutions
Hinman Auditorium, 9th Floor
Luz Marina Arias (University of California, San Diego) and Desha M. Girod (Georgetown University), Indigenous Origins of Colonial Institutions.
Irineu de Carvalho Filho (International Monetary Fund) and Renato P. Colistete (University of São Paulo), Education Performance: Was It All Determined 100 Years Ago?
Philip Slavin (Yale University), The Crisis of the Fourteenth Century Reassessed: Between Ecology and Institutions – Evidence from England (1310-1350).


EHA 2010 Program FINAL


You can find the entire conference program booklet here.

NOTE! You can view the concise program below, day by day. There are also links to the invidual sessions and the session papers built in to the program.

Presenters: Please bring your presentation on a USB stick. EHA will provide the laptops and projectors for your presentations. EHA will NOT provide overhead projectors. 



THURSDAY, September 23      

7:00-8:00 p.m. Board of Trustees Meeting, cocktails (invitation only). Northshore, 2nd Floor


8:00-10:00 p.m. Board of Trustees Dinner (invitation only). Northshore, 2nd Floor


FRIDAY, September 24  

8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Tour 1: Chicago Botanical Gardens (Leaves from the front of the hotel).


9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tour 2: Illinois Holocaust Museum (Leaves from the front of the hotel).


8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Board of Trustees Meeting (breakfast and lunch served). Mulford, 2nd Floor


9:00 a.m.-Noon. Workshop: Job Market Tips and Tales. Haven, 9th Floor


1:00-5:00 p.m. Poster Displays. Foyer, 9th Floor


1:00-2:30 p.m. Session 1       

A: Banks and the Problems They Create. James, 9th Floor

B: Economic Growth in the Very Long Run. Bonbright, 9th Floor


2:30-3:00 p.m.Coffee Break. Foyer, 9th Floor


3:00-4:30 p.m. Session 2       

A:Banks that Aren’t Banks. James, 9th Floor

B:Technology. Bonbright, 9th Floor

C: The Origins and Consequences of Institutions. Hinman Auditorium, 9th Floor


4:45-5:45 p.m. Plenary Session: Institutions, Politics, and the Financial Crisis of 2008. (featuring Raghuram Rajan, Gavin Wright, Jean-Laurent Rosenthal). Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor


6:15-8:30 p.m. Reception. John Evans Alumni Center, Northwestern University


8:30-10:30 p.m. Journal of Economic History Editorial Board Dinner (invitation only). Rogers, 9th Floor


8:30-10:30 p.m. Graduate Student Dinner. Lou Malnati’s Restaurant


SATURDAY, September 25       

6:45-8:00 a.m.Historians' Breakfast (featuring Anne McCants from Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Rogers, 9th Floor


6:45-8:00 a.m.Teachers' Breakfast (featuring Tim Leunig from the London School of Economics). Bonbright, 9th Floor


8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Poster Displays. Foyer, 9th Floor


8:30-10:00 a.m. Session 3      

A: Information: The Good, the Bad, and the Made-up. James, 9th Floor

B: The Economic History of Policy Interventions in the United States. Northshore, 2nd Floor

CThe Economic Implications of Identity. Hinman Auditorium, 9th Floor


10:00-10:30 a.m. Coffee Break. Foyer, 9th Floor


10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Session 4        

A: The Legal Framework of Economic Life. James, 9th Floor

B:Natural Resources. Northshore, 2nd Floor

C:  When People Move. Hinman Auditorium, 9th Floor


Noon-1:00 p.m. Women's Lunch. Heritage Ballroom, 2nd Floor


1:00-2:00 p.m.Business Meeting. Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor


2:15-4:15 p.m.Dissertation Session. Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor


4:45-5:45 p.m.Presidential Address (Naomi Lamoreaux). Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor


6:30-7:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception. Heritage Ballroom, 2nd Floor


7:30-9:30 p.m.Banquet and Awards. Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor


10:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.President's Party. Foyer, 9th Floor


SUNDAY, September 26

7:00-8:30 a.m.EHA Continental Breakfast (open to all conference participants). Heritage Ballroom, 2nd Floor


8:30-10:00 a.m. Session 5      

A: Banking and Finance: European Perspectives. Hinman Auditorium, 9th Floor

B: Raising and Spending the Public’s Money. James, 9th Floor


10:00-10:30 a.m. Coffee Break. Foyer, 9th Floor


10:30-12:00 a.m. Session 6    

A: Health and Human Capital. Hinman Auditorium, 9th Floor

B: When Bonds Go Bad. James, 9th Floor


12:00 p.m. Official Conference Program Ends



1-5 p.m. Reception and dinner honoring Jan De Vries. Haven Room, Hotel Orrington.

This event is open to any and all who might wish to attend.  Those seeking more information should contact Laura Cruz at (

Speakers include Joel Mokyr, Anne McCants, Maxine Berg, George Grantham, Drew Keeling, Laura Cruz, and Gavin Wright.

Hotel and Travel

ACCOMMODATIONS: (Please note that the conference hotel is almost fully booked!)

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The 2017 EHA conference hotel is the Hilton San Jose in the downtown area, 3 miles from the airport. It is a modern hotel that features a pool, jacuzzi, and a fitness center, with easy access to lots of restaurants and downtown entertainment.


The EHA conference rate is $139 per night, both for single and double rooms. You can make a reservation directly with the hotel via this link:


Phone number for call-in reservations:

(408) 947-4450 (for international calls, add area code 1 for US)


The deadline for receiving the group rate is August 22, 2017.


Note: Hotel space is always at a premium at the EHA meetings, so please reserve your room early to ensure availability.

CURRENTLY, the conference hotel is almost booked. We have an alternative hotel, San Jose Marriott, with a small block of rooms (10 in total). The price is the same. You can make a reservation directly with the hotel via this link:


  • You can call in number for booking reservations for the Marriott by phone:  1-800-228-9290 (caller will need to indicate they are a part of the Economic History Association 2017 Annual Conference).


You can also park at the Convention Center for $20 max/overnight. This is cheaper in comparison to our valet – $37/day.




Information on all the travel options to the hotel, from San Jose airport, can be found here: A bus is $9, and a taxi $20 (Uber or Lyft would be half that). The drive time is 5 minutes.


The closest airport is the San Jose International Airport: You can find ground transportation options on their website too. You can also fly into San Francisco Airport. It is approximately 45 minutes away by vehicle. You can find some ground transportation options here: Or you can use public transit from the airport (first BART, then Caltrain):


Please note that the EHA does not endorse any of these options in particular—we urge you to look for them online and decide for yourself.


Parking at the hotel is $25 for self-parking, and $35 for valet parking.


Book early to secure your preferred travel option!






Here is the main restaurant guide that has a full list of options in various price categories: RestaurantGuide


In addition, Gavin and Cathe Wright have graciously offered some of their thoughts on dining options, which you can find here: RestaurantGuide2


Bon appetit!