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Economic History Association 2014 Annual Meeting


Political Economy and Economic History

Annual Meeting of the Economic History Association, in Columbus, Ohio, September 12-14, 2014

Politics has a massive impact on economic outcomes.  States redistribute wealth, make up for market failures, and enact policies that can devastate an economy or promote long run growth.  They also provide the essential public goods of security, the rule of law, and a means of exchange.  Without these, life is brutal and trade little more than barter.  But what determines the laws and regulations that states adopt and the public goods they furnish?  How do states arise in the first place and gain the capacity to tax?  What shapes the changes in their policies and their expenditures over time?  Can we distinguish the political incentives that encourage good policies rather than tragic ones?  Do the answers lie with endowments, the distribution of wealth, or deeply rooted institutions?  Or are they to be sought in culture and the guiding hand of history?


For the complete Call for Papers, see:, which also includes information on travel options to Columbus; or contact Meetings Coordinator Jari Eloranta at NOTE! Deadline for submitting proposals has ended!

Conference Program

You can find information on the travel and other practical matters in the Meetings Brochure that you can download here: EHA 2014 Brochure. The full conference booklet can be found here: EHA 2014 Program. You can explore Columbus dining options by perusing the restaurant guide: Columbus Restaurant Guide.






Session: Friday, 1:00 – 2:30 pm:

1: Political Economy: The Great Depression,

Cohen-Setton, Jeremie, Joshua K. Hausman, and Johannes F. Wieland.  “Stagflation in the 1930s: Why Did the French New Deal Fail”

Discussant: Eugene White (Chair)

Jalil, Andrew and Gisele Rua. “Inflation Expectations and Recovery from the Depression: Evidence from the Narrative Record”

Discussant: Hugh Rockoff

Rose, Jonathan and Egon Zakrajsek. “The Financial Interconnectedness of Railroads and the  Transmission of Financial Distress During the Great Depression”

Discussant: Matt Jaremski


Session: Friday, 1:00 – 2:30 pm:

2: Health and Welfare,

Moriguchi, Chiaki and John Parman. “Adoption and Adult Outcomes in the Early Twentieth Century”

Discussant: Mary Hansen (Chair)

Arthi, Vellore. “The Dust Was Long in Settling: Human Capital and the Lasting Impact of the American Dust Bowl”

Discussant: Werner Troesken

Roberts, Evan. “Tall, Active, and Well Made? New Insights into Mäori Health, c.1700–1990”

Discussant: Dan Fetter


Session: Friday, 3:00 – 4:30 pm:

3: Debt, Wealth, and Pensions in the Long 19th Century,

Beach, Brian Barclay. “Do Markets Reward Constitutional Reform? Lessons from America’s State Debt Crisis”

Discussant: John Wallis (Chair)

Garmon Jr., Frank, Warren. “Wealth Levels and Distribution in the Early American Republic, 1785–1815”

Discussant: Peter Lindert

Eli, Shari and Laura Salisbury. “Determinants of Confederate Pension Legislation and Participation”

Discussant: Edison Severini


Session: Friday, 3:00- 4:30 pm:

4: Cities,

Shertzer, Allison, Tate Twinam, and Randall Walsh. “Race, Ethnicity, and Zoning: The Case of Chicago’s First Comprehensive Land Use Ordinance”

Discussant: Leah Brooks

Hornbeck, Richard and Daniel Keniston. “Creative Destruction: Barriers to Urban Growth and the Great Boston Fire of 1872”

Discussant: James Siodla

Eriksson, Katherine and Gregory Niemesh. “Impact of Migration on Infant Health: Evidence from the Great Migration”

Discussant: Marianne Wannamaker (Chair)


Session: Friday, 3:00- 4:30 pm:

5: Migration and Immigration,

Spitzer, Yannay, and Ariell Zimran. “Self-Selection of Immigrants on the Basis of Living Standards: Evidence from the Stature of Italian Immigrants at Ellis Island, 1907–1925”

Discussant: Ran Abrimitzky (Chair)

Boustan, Leah. “To the New World and Back Again: Return Migration and Upward Mobility”

Discussant: Joe Ferrie

Dinkelman, Tary and Martine Mariotti. “Long-Run Impacts of Labor Migration on Human Capital Accumulation: Evidence from Malawi”

Discussant: James Fenske




Session: Saturday, 8:30 – 10:00 am:

6: Political Economy: Europe,

Johnson, Noel. “From State Capacity to Rule of Law in Old Regime France”

Discussant: Jean-Laurent Rosenthal

Esteves, Rui Pedro. “Archomania: The Place of Venality in French Public Finances”

Discussant: Mark Koyama (Chair)

Dincecco, Mark and Massimiliano Gaetano Onorato. “Military Conflict and the Economic Rise of Urban Europe”

Discussant: Phil Hoffman


Session: Saturday, 8:30 – 10:00 am:

7: Political Economy: Latin America,

Diaz, Jose and Gert Wagner. “Perspiration and Inspiration: Two Centuries of Chilean Growth in Perspective”

Discussant: John Wallis

Guardado, Jenny. “Office-Selling, Corruption and Long-Term Development in Peru”

Discussant: Dan Bogart (Chair)

Duran, Xavier. “The Colony Strikes Back: The Case of Colombia, Jersey Standard, and the United States”

Discussant: Alan Dye


Session: Saturday, 8:30 – 10:00 am:

8: Trade,

Meissner, Christopher M., Michael Huberman, and Kim Oosterlinck. “Technology and Geography in the Second Industrial Revolution: New Evidence from the Margins of Trade”

Discussant: John Tang

de Bromhead, Alan. “Women Voters and Trade Protectionism in the Interwar Years”

Discussant: Martha Olney (Chair)

Fouquin, Michel and Jules Hugot. “When Did Trade Barriers Start to Fall? Trade Costs and the Two Globalizations: 1827–2012”

Discussant: Paul Sharp


Session: Saturday, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm:

9: Diverging and Converging,

Bell, Adrian, Chris Brooks, and Tony Moore. “Did Purchasing Power Parity Hold in Medieval Europe?””

Discussant: Anne McCants

Ko, Chiu Yu, Mark Koyama, and Tuan-Hwee Sng. “Unified China and Divided Europe”

Discussant: Jared Rubin (Chair)

Broadberry, Stephen, Hanhui Guan, and David Daokui Li. “China, Europe, and the Great Divergence: A Study in Historical National Accounting”

Discussant: Tom Weiss


Session: Saturday, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm:

10:  Political Economy: American States and Tribes,

Mathy, Gabriel, and Nicolas Ziebarth. “How Much Does Political Uncertainty Matter? The Case of Louisiana Under Huey Long”

Discussant: Robert Margo (Chair)

Ager, Philipp. “The Persistence of De Facto Power: Elites and Economic Development in the U.S. South, 1840– 1960”

Discussant: Lee Alston

Frye, Dustin. “The Indian Reorganization Act, Tribal Sovereignty, and Economic Development”

Discussant: Mindy Miller


Session: Saturday, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm:

11: How New Evidence and New Interpretations are Changing our Understanding of the Ancient World,

Manning, Joseph. “Kings and people: the political economy of the Ptolemaic Kingdom and beyond”

Discussant: Karen Clay (Chair)

Oliver, Graham. “People and cities: economic horizons beyond the Hellenistic polis”

Discussant: Charlie Calomiris

Bresson, Alain. “Flexible interfaces of the Hellenistic world”

Discussant: Richard Steckel




Session: Sunday, 8:30– 10:00 am:

12: Corporations,

Morin, Miguel. “Electricity Adoption and the Evolution of the Labor Market”

Discussant: Josh Lewis

Gregg, Amanda. “Factory Productivity and the Concession System of Incorporation in Late Imperial Russia”

Discussant: Jeremy Atack (Chair)

Tomory, Leslie. “The London Water Supply Industry and the Industrial Revolution”

Discussant: Jessica Hennessey


Session: Sunday, 8:30– 10:00 am:

13: Priests, War, and Property,

La Parra Perez, Alvaro. “Fighting Against Democracy: Military Factions in the Second Spanish Republic and Civil War (1931 –1939)”

Discussant: Lee Alston

Cosgel, Metin and Thomas Miceli. “Theocracy over Time”

Discussant: Jared Rubin

Vechbanyongratana, Jessica. “Property Rights, Land Markets, and Land Use in Bangkok: Consequences of Siam’s 1901 Land Act”

Discussant: Sumner LaCroix (Chair)


Session: Sunday, 8:30– 10:00 am:

14: Education,

Latika Chaudhury (Chair)

Kantor, Shawn and Alexander Whalley. “Universities and Regional Development”

Discussant: Joshua Rosenbloom

Thomson, Ross David. “Government- Led Innovation in a Period of Small Government: The United States, 1820 to 1941”

Discussant: Petra Moser


Session: Sunday, 10:30 am-12:00 pm:

15: Something Blue,

Antipa, Pamfili. “Fiscal Sustainability and the Value of Money: Lessons from the British Paper Pound, 1797–1821”

Discussant: Hugh Rockoff

Mehl, Arnaud. “Has the Dollar Always Dominated Global Oil Markets? Evidence and Implications for the International Monetary System”

Discussant: Rui Esteves

Glaser, Darrell and Ahmed Rahman. “Benchmarking Job Mobility and Returns to Technical Skill for an Era with Rapid Innovation”

Discussant: Trevon Logan (Chair)


Session: Sunday, 10:30 am-12:00 pm:

16: Borrowing and Shocks,

Chaudhary, Latika and Anand Swamy. “Protecting the Borrower: An Experiment in Colonial India”

Discussant: Susan Wolcott (Chair)

Xue, Meng, Melanie.  “Textiles and the Historical Emergence of Gender Equality in China”

Discussant: Bill Collins

Fenske, James and Namrata Kala. “1807: Economic Shocks, Conflict, and the Slave Trade”

Discussant: Gavin Wright




Graduate Student Participation

Annual Meetings Travel and Hotel Subsidies


Poster Session


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 Friday night.


Poster session submission system is now CLOSED.


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 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). Send requests to the email addresses listed above. Applicants must be members of the Association. Deadline: July 5, 2014. Awards announced by July 26, 2014.  Questions about the poster session should be directed to Professor John Wallis, chair of the program committee (


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.

Ph.D. recipients selected for the dissertation session will receive a travel subsidy. See procedures for applying for the Nevins or Gerschenkron prizes.


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 Washington DC in September 2013. Finalists will receive $500 to defray travel expenses (Finalists travelling internationally will receive $800). 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.


Eligibility:  Those who received their Ph.D. between May 16, 2012 and May 15, 2013 are eligible and invited to submit their dissertation for consideration.  All candidates for these prizes must be members of the Economic History Association.  Dissertations submitted for consideration must be in English.  Submission of a dissertation implies that candidates are prepared to attend the 2013 meetings in Washington DC.  Presentation of a dissertation summary is required by all finalists.  To be considered for these prizes completed dissertations must be submitted in hard copy on or before May 15, 2013.  Notices announcing the selection of finalists will be sent to all candidates by July 24, 2013.  Dissertations will only be returned to candidates if a self-addressed envelope is provided at the time of submission.


DEADLINE FOR POSTMARKED ENTRIES: The deadline has now PASSED. No more entries will be accepted.


For more details, see here:

Book Exhibit

The EHA book exhibit showcases the various publications (books, journals etc.) in the field of economic history, economics, history, and political science, with top academic and scholarly presses included.


Details on the exhibit, i.e. how to participate, can be found in the following documents:


Annual Meeting Book Exhibit form 1

Books to be Exhibited form

exhibitor letter of invitation


Those attending the conference; please encourage your publishers to display your work at the meetings. It’s a great way to get a wider scholarly audience for your publications. Usually about 250+ people attend the meetings. And the proceeds help us support the participation of graduate students at the conference.

Hotel Information


The conference is hotel is the Renaissance Downtown Hotel located in the heart of Columbus, Ohio.

You can see all the specifics about the hotel here:

Moreover, you can find more information about the area here: In addition, you may find information about Columbus and the various things it has to offer here:


The conference rate for EHA attendees is $149 per night.



To ensure the accuracy of your reservations, please make reservations in one of the following two ways.

1. By booking online through the following link.

Please note the link is case sensitive.


2. By calling Renaissance Enhanced Group Reservations at 877-901-6632. You can also call the property directly at (614)228-5050 and be connected. Please be sure to ask for Passkey Reservations and request to book rooms with the Economic History Association 2014 Annual Conference to receive the discounted group rate of $149.

If you experience any difficulties in making your reservations, please contact Jari Eloranta (