The best option to fly to is the Vancouver International Airport (YVR):


You could also fly to Seattle, for example, and rent a car and drive over. Some of the travel options are listed here:


There are numerous options for getting to and from the airport, including the Sky Train, shuttles and/or buses, and taxis. The options are listed here:

*The Sky Train information can be found here: You can find more info on the public transportation options here:

*Taxis typically charge approximately $30-32 for transportation to and from downtown.

*You can also rent a car easily at the airport. See this link for details: You can find general driving directions to the hotel here: Self-parking rate for EHA attendees is $28 per night.

Book Exhibit

The Economic History Association will hold its 72nd Annual Meeting at the Sheraton Wall Centre on September 21-23, 2012. We hope to welcome over 250 participants, including top scholars in the fields of history, economics, and political science, from around the world. We invite you to participate in our tabletop book exhibit, or advertise in our printed program or provide an insert for our registration packets. The Meetings Coordinator and his staff will set up the book display so it is not necessary for publishers to send representatives with special posters and banners, although some will choose to do so to provide a more comprehensive service to our members. The book exhibit is open during the entire conference to all those in attendance. In the past it has been often visited and a source of excitement when the books are auctioned off at half (or less than) the list price.

Please see the letter and forms here (Word documents) for further details:

Booking Exhibit Form

Books to Be Exhibited Form

Exibitor Letter of Invitation

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Jari Eloranta, the Meeting Coordinator at

We thank you in advance for your interest in our conference!

Graduate Students

Paper Presenters:

Graduate students who are accepted to present a paper in the regular program are eligible for the same benefits as those who are selected for the poster session (see below for details).


Poster Session:

This session, presented during two days of the conference in the general meeting areas, is intended for disseminating preliminary results from graduate thesis work. Those accepted receive the following support:

·         Travel subsidies up to $500 for domestic flights or train fare, up to $800 for international flights.

·         Complimentary hotel rooms (double occupancy, shared with another graduate student) for up to 3 nights.

·         60 percent discount on the registration fee

·         80 percent discount on the Saturday Presidential Banquet

·         Free dinner with other graduate students and faculty mentors on Friday night.



Graduate students who have presented a poster are eligible for the dissertation session in a subsequent year, but may present a poster session only once during their graduate career.  If a student applies both for the dissertation session and to present a poster, and the student is accepted to be part of the dissertation session, a prior invitation to present a poster that year will be withdrawn.  Participating in the poster session does not preclude submitting a paper and having it accepted for the regular program the following year.


Graduate Students Interested in Attending without a Poster or a Paper:

Graduate students interested in attending the annual meeting but not participating in the poster session are eligible, depending on funding availability, for up to three nights' complimentary hotel room (double occupancy, shared with another graduate student); discounts on registration and the banquet; and the Friday dinner. Travel expenses will not be covered. Send requests to the Meetings Coordinator (Dr. Jari Eloranta, Applicants must be members of the Association and applicants should include proof of their graduate student status (i.e., their advisor's name and contact details). Deadline: July 6, 2012. Awards announced by July 27, 2012.  


Practical Details on the Poster:

To ease travel complications, we will provide the poster board. We intend to purchase Hunt Sturdy BoardTM QuickStick(c) Foamboard 20" x 30", White, (Office Max Item #11067061) OR something very similar. It claims to have "pressure sensitive adhesive." Just in case, we will also bring tacks and tape.


As you prepare your poster please remember that "Less is More." Think of your poster as an advertisement of your paper, not as the paper itself. Your goal is to engage people in conversation and encourage them to take a copy of your paper home with them. Those who are looking at a poster want to quickly know what question you are asking, why that is an interesting question and what answer you propose. You want people to be able to see everything on your poster from a comfortable distance. That means you will want to large font (minimum 12 pt.). And remember, a picture is worth a thousand words: graphs tell a story much more effectively than words. Is there a graph that captures the puzzle addressed in your paper?


You will want to bring along approximately 25 copies of your paper which interested people can take with them. Be sure to include your name, your affiliation, email address, and a date on your title page. If you have business cards, bring those too.


The posters will be displayed in the foyer where our coffee breaks are held. This will give you maximum exposure in a minimum amount of time. There will be designated times when the poster presenters are asked to be with their posters, namely Friday afternoon and all day Saturday.


Dissertation Awards:

The Nevins and Gerschenkron prize are awarded annually for the best dissertations on North-American and non-North American topics completed during the previous year. Six finalists, three for each award, will be chosen to present dissertation summaries  at the Seventy First Annual Meeting of the Economic History Association in Vancouver, British Columbia in September 2012 Finalists will receive $500 to defray travel expenses. Award recipients receive a cash prize of $1,200. 


Scholars submitting a dissertation may not in the same year submit a proposal to the general program that is part of or derived from the dissertation.  On an exception basis the Association will allow a two year window following thesis completion for submission.


Allan Nevins Prize

The Allan Nevins Prize is awarded on behalf of Columbia University Press for the best dissertation in U.S. or Canadian Economic History published during the preceding year.


DEADLINE FOR POSTMARKED ENTRIES: May 15, 2012. THEREFORE, the deadline has passed!


Please send submitted dissertations to:


Professor Naomi Lamoreaux

Department of Economics

Box 208269

Yale University

New Haven, CT 06520-8269




Alexander Gerschenkron Prize

The Alexander Gerschenkron Prize is awarded for the best dissertation in the economic history of an area outside of the United States or Canada published during the preceding year.


DEADLINE FOR POSTMARKED ENTRIES: May 15, 2012. Therefore, the deadline has passed!


Please send submitted dissertations to:

Professor Joachim Voth

Economics Department


Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27

E-08005 Barcelona




ELIGIBILITY:  Those who received their Ph.D. between June 1, 2011 and May 15, 2012 are eligible and invited to submit their dissertation.  You must be a member of the Economic History Association to submit and the dissertation must be in English.  Planned attendance at the meeting is required for submitting an application, and presentation of a summary is required for a prize.  To be considered for either of these prizes, completed dissertations must be submitted in hard copy on or before May 15, 2012.  Notices of acceptance or rejection will be sent by July 23, 2012.  Dissertations will not be returned unless you send a self addressed envelope with your submission.


Sunday, 8:30 AM – 10:00



Session #12: The State for War and Growth

Chair:  Kris Mitchener, Santa Clara University


Nicola Gennaioli (UPF) and Hans-Joachim Voth (UPF), “State Capacity and Military Conflict”


Mark Dincecco (IMT-Lucca Institute for Advanced Studies), “State Capacity and Long-Run Performance”


Gregg Huff (University of Oxford), “Financing Japan’s World War II Occupation of Southeast Asia”



Larry Neal, University of Illinois (Voth)

Tuan-Hwe Sng, National University of Singapore (Dincecco)

Noel Maurer, Harvard Business School (Huff)



Session #13: Economic Growth in the Colonies

Chair: William Collins, Vanderbilt University


Alberto Diaz-Cayeros (UCSD) and Saumitra Jha (Stanford University), "Global Trade, Contract Failure, and Ethnic Assimilation: Cochineal in Mexico"


Stephen Broadberry (London School of Economics) and Bishnypriya Gupta (University of Warwick), “India and the Great Divergence: An Anglo-Indian Comparison of GDP per Capita, 1600-1871”


Susan Wolcott (Binghamton University), “Evidence of Labor Bargaining Power among Indian Industrial Workers in the Early 20th Century”



William Collins, Vanderbilt University (Diaz-Cayeros and Jha)

Greg Clark, UC-Davis (Broadberry-Gupta)

Peter Lindert, UC-Davis (Wolcott)



Sunday, 10:30 AM – Noon


Session #14:  Innovation and Institutions

Chair:  Mauricio Drelichman, UBC


Regina Grafe (Northwestern University), “Distant Tyranny: Why Spain Fell Behind in the Early Modern Period”


Timothy Guinnane (Yale University) and Jean-Laurent Rosenthal (Cal-Tech), “Adapting Law to Fit the Facts: The Gmbh, the SARL, and the Organization of Small Firms in Germany and France, 1892-1930”


Peter B. Meyer (Bureau of Labor Statistics), “Open Technology and the Early Airplane Industry”



Jordi-Vidal Robert, University of Warwick (Grafe)

Gary Libecap, UC Santa Barbara (Guinnane-Rosenthal)

Alex Field, Santa Clara University (Meyer)



Session #15: Markets and Market Integration

Chair: Brooks Kaiser, University of Southern Denmark


Darrell J. Glaser (United States Naval Academy) and Ahmed Rahman (United States Naval Academy), “Ex Tridens Mercatus – Sea Power and Trade in the Age of Globalization”


Philip Slavin (McGill University), “Grain Market Failure, Hoarding, and Speculation: New Evidence on the Great European Famine in England and Wales, 1315-17”


Liam Brunt (HEC-Lausanne) and Edmund Cannon (University of Bristol), “Integration in the English Wheat Market, 1770-1820”



Claudia Rei, Vanderbilt University (Rahman)

Anne McCants, MIT (Slavin)

Paul Sharp, University of Southern Denmark (Cannon)


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)


See the full Meetings Program booklet here.


"Rules of the game" for the paper sessions:

  1. The sessions will last 90 minutes each (except Friday, 3-5 pm; 120 minutes).
  2. Authors will have 15 minutes to present their papers. Session chairs should encourage compliance with this time limit.
  3. The rooms will have standard presentation equipment (Windows laptops with PowerPoint and projectors – Note! EHA does not provide a projector for transparencies!). If you use a Mac, please double-check for compatability issues. Please bring your presentation on a USB-stick, and upload it before the session. We cannot guarantee Internet connection at the meetings spaces. If you have special needs, please let Jari Eloranta ( know.
  4. All three (or four) papers should be presented first. We would suggest using the order in the program.
  5. After all three (or four) papers have been presented, the discussants will take the floor. Discussants will have 10 minutes per paper (some discussants have more than one paper to discuss). Session chairs will again encourage compliance with this time limit.
  6. This should leave approximately 15 (or 20) minutes for discussion from the floor and author/discussant responses.


PROGRAM (with links to session papers):   –Friday    –Saturday    –Sunday





Workshop and Tours

One workshop and several local tour options are available for Friday morning, 8:00-Noon (or 1 pm). Preregistration is required. Enrollment is limited to 35 participants for the workshop, and 35-40 participants for the tours. Sign up for a workshop or tour on the registration form.

  • Workshop: Job Market Tips and Tales. Christian Dippel (University of Toronto) and Noam Yuchtman (UC-Berkeley) will share their job market experiences.
  • Tour 1: · UBC Museum of Anthropology ( Transportation by bus from the conference hotel.
  • Tour 2: · Canyons, Forests and Waterfalls: a walking tour (Involves climbing and walking on uneven terrain). Transportation by bus from the conference hotel. Conducted by Mauricio Drelichman. (sold out!)

2 Sessions– 5 Panels

  • Commencing at 1:00 PM, concluding at 5:00 PM.

Poster Session


  • A reception will be held Friday evening at the Law Courts Inn ( Hosted by UBC and Simon Fraser University.

Graduate Student Dinner



Teachers’ Breakfast (featuring Oscar Gelderblom, Utrecht University, as the speaker)

Historians’ Breakfast (featuring Eugene White, Rutgers University, as the speaker)

2 Sessions– 6 Panels

Women’s Lunch (co-organized by Simone Wegge and Juliette Levy)

EHA Business Meeting

Dissertation Session

Presidential Address

  • President Jeremy Atack will give his presidential address, “On the Use of GIS in Economic History: The American Transportation Revolution Revisited.”


  • Awards will be presented in the areas of best dissertations (Nevins and Gerschenkron prizes), best Journal of Economic Historyarticle of 2011, best Explorations in Economic Historyarticle of 2011, best book in American economic history, and excellence in teaching economic history.



2 Sessions– 4 Panels

  • Adjourning at 12:00 PM


Friday 1-2:30 PM


Session #1: The Historical Evolution of Trade and Transport Costs

Chair: Stephen Easton, Simon Fraser University


Brandon Dupont (Western Washington University), Drew Keeling (University of Zurich), and Thomas Weiss (University of Kansas), “Passenger Fares for Overseas Travel in the 19th and 20th Centuries”


Kris Inwood (University of Guelph) and Ian Keay (Queen’s University), “Reaffirming the Importance of Transport Costs:  Evidence from the Trans-Atlantic Iron Trade, 1870-1913”


Adrian Leonard (University of Cambridge), “The Pricing Revolution in Marine Insurance”



Simone Wegge, College of Staten Island (Dupont-Keeling-Weiss)

Noam Yuchtman, UC Berkeley (Inwood-Keay)

Eric Hilt, Wellesley College (Leonard)


Session #2:  Cities in Economic History

Chair:  John Brown, Clark University


Jim Siodla (University of California, Irvine), “Razing San Francisco: The 1906 Disaster and the Legacy of Urban Land Use”


Martha J. Bailey (University of Michigan), Brian Jacob (University of Michigan), Michael Kevane (Santa Clara University) and William Sundstrom (Santa Clara University), “Carnegie’s Legacy and the Growth of American Cities: Did Public Libraries Have Any Measurable Effects?”


Molly C. Ball (University of California, Los Angeles), “Real Wage Evolution in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1891-1930)"



Rick Hornbeck, Harvard University (Siodla)

Trevon Logan, Ohio State (Bailey-Jacob-Kavane-Sundstrom)

Robert A. Margo, Boston University (Ball)



Friday, 3-5 PM


Session #3:  Central Banks for Liquidity and Other Purposes

Chair: Eugene White, Rutgers University and NBER


Vincent Bignon (Bank of France) and Clemens Jobst (Austrian National Bank), “Eligibility to Central Bank Liquidity and the Bankruptcy Rate: Lessons from France, 1826-1913”


Mary Eschelbach Hansen (American University), “Financial System Liquidity and Bankruptcy: Mississippi, 1929-1931”


Eric Monnet (Paris School of Economics), “Financing a Planned Economy: Institutions, Information Network, and Credit Allocation in the French Golden Age of Growth, 1954-1974”


Robert N. McCauley (Bank for International Settlements) and Catherine R. Schenk (University of Glasgow), “How is the Substitute Account doing”



Phillip Hoffman, Cal-Tech (Clemens-Vincent)

Hugh Rockoff, Rutgers (Hansen)

Daniel Fetter, Wellesley College (Monnet)

Gianni Toniolo, Duke University (Schenk)


Session #4:  Railroads and Economic Development

Chair:  Barry Eichengreen, UC-Berkeley


Dave Donaldson (MIT) and Richard Hornbeck (Harvard University), “Railroads and American Economic Growth: New Data and Theory”


Daniel Bogart (University of California, Irvine) and Latika Chaudhary (Scripps College), “Engines of Growth: The Productivity Advance of Indian Railways, 1874-1912”


Se Yan (Peking University), “Railroads and Market Integration in China”


Marta Felis-Rota (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid), Jordi Marti Hennenberg (Universitat de Lleida), and Laia Mojica (Universitat de Lleida) “A GIS Analysis of the Evolution of the Railway Network and Population Density in England and Wales, 1851-2000”



Jeremy Atack, Vanderbilt University (Donaldson-Hornbeck)

Saumitra Jha, Stanford (Bogart-Chaudhary)

Carol Shiue, University of Colorado (Yan)

Michael Haines, Colgate University (Rota-Hennenberg-Mojica)


Session #5: Births and Deaths

Chair:  Leah Boustan, UCLA



Melinda Miller (U.S. Naval Academy), “The Validity of the Boas Cherokee Height Data”

Daniel Aaronson (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago), Fabian Lange (Yale University), and Bhashkar Mazumder (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago), "Fertility Transitions Along the Intensive and Extensive Margins"


Francesco Cinnirella (IFO Institute and CESifo, Munich), Marc P. Klemp (University of Copenhagen), and Jacob Weisdorf (University of Copenhagen), “Malthus in the Bedroom: Birth Spacing as a Preventive Check Mechanism in England, 1540-1870”


Martin Saavedra (University of Pittsburgh), “Early Life Conditions and Adult Outcomes: Evidence from Japanese-American Internment”



Roy Mill, Stanford University (Miller) 

Melissa Thomasson, Ohio University (Aronson-Lange-Mazumder)

Rick Steckel, Ohio State University (Cinnerella-Klemp-Weisdorf)

Carl Mosk, University of Victoria (Saavedra)


The conference hotel for the 2012 EHA conference is Sheraton Wall Centre in downtown Vancouver: The hotel has 733 guestrooms, and is located in a central location in the city. It has a multitude of features and facilities (see here for details: It features free WiFi in all guestrooms and has the typical amenities of a high-quality urban hotel.


The conference rates are: Single/double room 175 CAD. (The conversion rate between the USD and CAD is more or less 1)


You can get the conference rate via this link:


You can also contact the hotel by phone:

(604) 331-1000 

· Toll-Free: 1-800-325-3535


You can find directions on how to get to the hotel here:

The closest Skytrain Station from the Vancouver Airport to the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel is the Vancouver City Centre Station Canada Line (5 Blocks). See:

*You can find other transportation options here:


The registration system for the 2012 meeting is now closed. 


You can also register on site at the conference. However, the EHA cannot guarantee access to the various conference events for on-site registrants. Space in the various events is on first-come, first-served basis.