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 CLOSED. 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: and the Gerschenkron prize submissions to: All submissions will be acknowledged by return email.

Economic History Association Annual Virtual Meeting, September 11-13, 2020

Economic History Association Annual Virtual Meeting

September 11-13, 2020


”The Lessons of Economic History”

The virtual conference platform, where the sessions will be held and registration is now open, can be found here:


EHA President Hugh Rockoff
chose this year’s theme, “The Lessons of Economic History,” recalling the Spanish-American philosopher George Santayana who famously told us:  “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This aphorism crystallizes one of the principal missions of economic history. We study the past so that we can determine which policies are likely to work in the future, including which monetary and fiscal policies produce macroeconomic stability, which forms of social insurance protect human welfare, and which patent laws spur innovation.

Not all economic historians study past policy interventions directly. Some create data sets or examine chains of causation that contribute indirectly to the mission of discovering which policies work. The program committee would like to honor Professor Rockoff by encouraging papers that offer lessons from the subjects that have inspired his research, notably money, banking and finance, war and its aftermath, the growth of government, the Great Depression and the history of thought.  But, of course, proposals on all topics are welcome.

 Graduate students are most warmly encouraged to attend.

Conference Program and Papers


(All events will take place on a virtual conference platform – instructions and links will be provided by August 1, 2020)

A PDF-version of the program can be downloaded here:









10-11.30 AM EST (USA):

Job Market Workshop (for graduate students and early career scholars).


1-2.45 PM EST (USA):

Plenary Session: Benjamin M. Friedman, the William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy at Harvard, and the author of The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth will be delivering the Plenary Address. The title of his address is: Religion and the Rise of Modern Economics.


3-4.30 PM EST (USA):

Sessions 1-3:

Session 1: Demagogues, Racists and Censors

Chair: Andy Ferrara

  1. Jordi Vidal-Robert. University of Sydney; Sascha O. Becker, Monash University

“Eppur si muove. Effects of Catholic Censorship during the Counter-Reformation”

Discussant: Augustin Bergeron

  1. Tianyi Wang, University of Pittsburgh

“Media, Pulpit, and Populist Persuasion: Evidence from Father Coughlin”

Discussant: George Fenton

  1. Max Winkler, University of Zurich; Sebastian Ottinger, UCLA

“Political Competition and Racial Hate: Evidence from the U.S.”

Discussant: Jean Lacroix


Session 2 Monetary Reforms and Resumptions

Chair: Kirsten Wandschneider

  1. Thea Don-Siemion, LSE

“Interwar Poland’s Late Exit from Gold: A Case of Government as ‘Conservative Central Banker’ ‘’

Discussant:  Alain Naef

  1. Francois Velde, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; Lilia Costabile, University of Naples Federico II

“Monetary Crisis and Reform in 17th c. Naples”

Discussant: Jean-Laurent Rosenthal

  1. Pamfili Antipa, Sciences Po; Quoc-Anh Do, Sciences Po

“Charity Begins at Home-Why Britain resumed the Gold Standard after the French Wars”

Discussant: Bill Craighead


Session 3: Financial Crises: Origins and Resolutions

Chair: Gustavo Cortes

  1. Patrick Van Horn, Scripps College; Ellis Tallman, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

“New York Clearing House Last Resort Lending in 1884: Orderly Resolution of a Systemically Important Financial Institution”

Discussant: Kaspar Zimmermann

  1. Stephan Luck, Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Kristian Blickle, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

“Micro-Evidence from a System Wide Financial Meltdown, The German Crisis of 1931”

Discussant: Caroline Fohlin

  1. Jean-Laurent Cadorel, Paris School of Economics

“A Monetary Explanation of the Great Crash of 1929”

Discussant: Adam Brzezinski


4.45-6.15 PM EST (USA):

Sessions 4-6:

Session 4: Assimilating the Immigrant: Consequences for Growth and Innovation

Chair: Lee Alston

  1. David Escamilla-Guerrero, University of Oxford; Moramay Lopez-Alonso, Rice University

“Migrant self-selection in the presence of random shocks: Evidence from the Panic of 1907”

Discussant: Zachary Ward

  1. Lisa Tarquinio, Columbia University; Konrad Burchardi, Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm; Thomas Chaney, Sciences Po, Tarek Hassan, Chicago Booth

“Immigration, Innovation, and Growth”

Discussant: Leah Boustan

  1. Ariell Zimran, Vanderbilt University and NBER; William J. Collins, Vanderbilt University and NBER

“Immigrants’ Changing Labor Market Assimilation in the United States during the Age of Mass Migration”

Discussant: Chirs Minns


Session 5: The Roles of Confidence and Information in Financial Crises

Chair: Sriya Anbil

  1. Mark Carlson, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve; Charles W. Calomiris, Columbia University

“Restoring Confidence in Troubled Financial Institutions after a Financial Crisis”

Discussant: Eric Hilt

2, Haelim Anderson, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Adam Copeland, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

“Information Management in Times of Crisis”

Discussant: Gertjan Verdickt

  1. Christopher Hoag, Trinity College

“Bank Executive Experience in a Financial Crisis”

Discussant: Carlos Hernandez


Session 6: English and French Money Troubles

Chair: Kilian Rieder

  1. Eric Monnet, Paris School of Economics; Angelo Riva, European Business School

“Flight-to-safety and the Real Effects of Banking Crises: Evidence from the French Great Depression (1930-1931)

Discussant: German Forero-Laverde

  1. Bryan Cutsinger, Angelo State University; Louis Rouanet, George Mason University

“Assignats or Death: Inflationary Finance in Revolutionary France”

Discussant: Matthijs Korevaar

  1. Maylis Avaro, Graduate Institute of Geneva

“Zombie International Currency: The Pound Sterling 1945-1973”

Discussant: Rebecca Stuart




9-10.30 AM EST (USA):

Sessions 7-9:

Session 7: Money Supply and Global Currencies

Chair: Alan Taylor

  1. Roger Vicquery, London School of Economics

“The Rise and Fall of Global Currencies over Two Centuries”

Discussant: Georges Pantelopoulos

  1. Paul Schmelzing, Yale School of Management

“Eight centuries of global real interest rates, R-G, and the ‘suprasecular’ decline, 1311-2018”

Discussant: Ralf Meisenzahl

  1. Nuno Palma, University of Manchester and CEPR; Adam Brzezinski, University of Oxford

“The Vagaries of the Sea: Evidence on the Real Effects of Money from Maritime Disasters in the Spanish Empire”

Discussant: Jane Knodell


Session 8: The Political Economy of Sovereign Debt Crises

Chair: Larry Neal

  1. Gail Triner, Rutgers University

“The Political Economy of the First Modern Sovereign Debt Crisis”

Discussant: Juan Flores

2, Rui Esteves, IHEID Geneva; Sean Kenny, Lund University

“The Aftermath of Sovereign Debt Crises: A Narrative Approach”

Discussant: Emilie Bonhoure

  1. Ali Coskun Tuncer, UCL; Leonardo Weller, Sao Paulo School of Economics, FGV

“Democracy, Autocracy and Sovereign Debt: How Polity Influenced Country Risk in the First Financial Globalization”

Discussant: Samuel Segura Cobos


Session 9: Sovereign Debts and Credit Markets

Chair: Marc Weidenmeier

  1. Colin Weiss, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve; Nathanael Coffey, Johns Hopkins University, SAIS

“Sovereign Default and Capital Flows: Evidence from the American States in the 1840s”

Discussant: Gillian Brunet

  1. Marc Flandreau, University of Pennsylvania

“Vulture Diplomacy: The London Stock Exchange and the Political Economy of Distressed Sovereign Debt in the 19th Century”  

Discussant: Marc Weidenmier

  1. Oscar Gelderblom, Utrecht University; Joost Jonker, University of Amsterdam and International Institute for Social History

“Call it a Loan: Dutch Intermediated and Non-intermediated Credit Markets in 1921”

Discussant: Chris Colvin


10.45 AM – 12.15 PM EST (USA):

Sessions 10-12:

Session 10: Some Demographic Origins of the Modern World

Chair: Richard Steckel

  1. Carl Kitchens, Florida State University; Luke P. Rodgers, Florida State University

“Were Children Always Normal? Historic Evidence from the WWI Agricultural Boom and Bust”

Discussant: Carolyn Moehling

  1. Mohamed Saleh, Toulouse School of Economics; Xinyan Lao, Toulouse School of Economics

“Income and Net Fertility in a Malthusian Economy: Evidence from the Lancashire Cotton Famine”

Discussant: Steve Broadberry

  1. Guillaume Blanc, Brown University

“Modernization Before Industrialization: Cultural Roots of the Demographic Transition in France”

Discussant: Phillip Hoffman


Session 11: Manufactures, Transportation, and Information Access

Chair: Caroline Fohlin

  1. Reka Juhasz, Columbia University; Mara Squicciarini, Bocconi

“Technology Adoption and Productivity Growth During the Industrial Revolution: Evidence from France”

Discussant: Joel Mokyr

2, Richard Hornbeck, University of Chicago; Martin Rotemberg, NYU

“Railroads, Reallocation, and the Rise of American Manufacturing”

Discussant: Jeremy Atack

  1. Peter Nencka, Ohio State University; Enrico Berkes, Ohio State University

“Knowledge Access: The Effects of Carnegie Libraries on Innovation”

 Discussant: Alice Kugler


Session 12: Banking Services for Underserved Communities

Chair: Marty Olney

  1. Geoff Clarke, Brandeis University

“Generating African-American Wealth through Banking”

Discussant: Liang Bai

  1. Masato Shizume, Waseda University

“Modern Banking Reforms and Financial Activities of Indigenous Merchants: A Case from Japan in the Late 19th Century”

Discussant: Matthew Jaremski

  1. Craig M. McMahon, Villanova University; Jeremy Land, Nova School of Business

“Public Banking and Global Marketplaces in Antebellum Georgia and South Carolina”

Discussant: David Wheelock


1.30-2.30 PM EST (USA):

EHA virtual Business Meeting (everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend!)


2.45-4.15 PM EST (USA):

Presidential Address will be delivered by EHA President Hugh Rockoff (Rutgers University). The title of his address is: Oh, How the Mighty Have Fallen: Common Features of the Bank Failures that Started America’s Greatest Financial Panics.


4.45-6 PM EST (USA):

EHA virtual social hour, hosted by Hugh Rockoff.



9.00-10.30 AM EST (USA):

Sessions 13-15:

Session 13: Institutions Matter

Chair: Leticia Arroyo Abad

  1. 1. Sheilagh Ogilvie, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge; Alexander Klein, School of Economics, University of Kent

“Was Domar Right? Serfdom and Factor Endowments in Bohemia”

Discussant: Jan DeVries

  1. Mario Francesco Carillo, University of Naples. Federico II

“Fascistville: Mussolini’s New Towns and the Persistence of Neo-Fascism”

Discussant: Rowena Gray


Session 14: Education and Innovation

Chair: Katherine Eriksson

  1. Felix Selgert, University of Bonn; Alexander Donges, University of Mannheim

“The Consequences of Radical Patent-Regime Change”

Discussant: Petra Moser

  1. Juliana Jaramillo, London School of Economics; Andres Alvarez, Los Andes University

“Surnames, Status and Schools: A Long-term View of the Social Ladder in Colombia

Discussant: Gregory Clark

  1. Benjamin Andrew Milner, University of British Columbia

“The Impact of State-Provided Education: Evidence from the 1870 Education Act”  

Discussant: David Mitch


Session 15: Inequality and its Persistence

Chair: Marianne Wanamaker

  1. Felipe Valencia, UBC; Laura Schechter, Wisconsin

“Country of Women? Repercussions of the War of the Triple Alliance in Paraguay”

Discussant: Bernardo Mueller

  1. Yuzuru Kumon, UC Davis

“The Deep Roots of Inequality”

Discussant: Pauline Grosjean

  1. Laura Salisbury, York University; Shari Eli, University of Toronto

“The Intergenerational Persistence of Welfare Receipt”

Discussant: James Feigenbaum


10.45 AM – 12.15 PM EST (USA):

Sessions 16-18:

Session 16: Discrimination: Immigrants, Women, and Mortgage Lending

Chair: Robert Margo

  1. Leonhard Vollmer, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich; Mathias Buehler, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

“Education and Women’s Empowerment”

Discussant: Claudia Goldin

  1. Francisca Antman, University of Colorado Boulder; Kalena E. Cortes, Texas A&M University

“The Long-Run Impacts of Mexican-American School Desegregation”

Discussant: Trevon Logan

  1. Mintra Dwarkasing, Erasmus University, Rotterdam

“The Dark Side of Social Capital? Battles and Mortgage Lending”

Discussant: Daniel Aaronson


Session 17: The Politics of Health

Chair: Price Fishback

  1. Vincent Geloso, King’s University College; Raymond March, North Dakota State University

“Rent-Seeking for Madness: The Political Economy of Mental Institutionalization in America, 1880 to 1923”

Discussant: Gregory Niemesh

  1. Brian Marein, University of Colorado Boulder

“Economic Growth, Public Health, and the First Mortality Transition in the Tropics: Puerto Rico, 1923-1945”

Discussant: Craig Palsson

  1. Nikolaos Prodromidis, University of Duisburg-Essen; Martin Karlsson, University of Duisburg-Essen

“The Long-Term Effects from Hospital Deliveries in Sweden”

Discussant: Melissa Thomasson


Session 18: Human Capital Legacies

Chair: Elizabeth Cascio

  1. Andreas Backhaus, Federal Institute for Population Research

“Fading Legacies: Human Capital in the Aftermath of the Partitions of Poland”

Discussant: Paul Sharp

  1. Ezra Karger, University of Chicago

“The Long-Run Effect of Public Libraries on Children: Evidence from the Early 1900s”

Discussant: Katherine Eriksson

  1. Conor Lennon, University of Louisville

“Female Educational Achievement, Labor Market Outcomes, and the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944”

Discussant: Joyce Burnett


1.30-3.30 PM EST (USA):

Dissertation Sessions. Gerschenkron Prize presentations, focusing on the best for the best dissertation in the economic history of an area outside of the United States or Canada completed during the preceding year, will be followed by Nevins Prize presentations, focusing on the best dissertation in U.S. or Canadian economic history completed during the previous year.


Please note that all the EHA awards will be announced shortly after the conference.


Conference ends by 3.30 PM EST (USA).

Conference Program and Papers


(All events take place at the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in Atlanta unless otherwise indicated)


The full conference booklet can be found here (please note that the online program below is more up to date, as the program booklet has been produced in early August):

EHA 2019 Program Booklet FINAL


Please note that all sessions will have a laptop (with PowerPoint capability) and projector available for presenters.







Job Market Workshop & Local Tours: 8:30 AM – Noon


Poster Session: 12:45 – 4:00 PM


SESSION: Friday 12:45 – 2:15 PM


Session 1: The Legacy of Slavery and Discrimination

Chair: Andy Ferrara (University of Pittsburgh)


Richard Baker (The College of New Jersey), “Race, Family Background, and Educational Attainment in the Early Twentieth-Century South”


Yeonha Jung (Boston University), “How the Legacy of Slavery Survives: Labor Market Institutions and Demand for Human Capital”


Vasiliki Fouka (Stanford University) and Marco Tabellini (Harvard Business School), “The Great Migration and Political Change: Racial Realignment in the US North, 1940-1970”



1: John Parman (College of William and Mary)

2: Gavin Wright (Stanford University)

3: Evan Taylor (University of Chicago)


Session 2: Family Planning and Fertility

Chair: Carolyn Moehling (Rutgers University)


Brian Beach (College of William and Mary) and Walker Hanlon (New York University), “Censorship, Family Planning, and the Historical Fertility Transition”


Elizabeth Ananat (Duke University), Joanna Lahey (Texas A&M University) and Marianne Wanamaker (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), “Cohort Effects of Restrictive Abortion Legislation: Evidence from 19th Century Law Variation”


Christopher Handy (Washington and Lee University) and Katharine Shester (Washington and Lee University), “The Baby Boom and Educational Attainment”



1: Shari Eli (University of Toronto)

2: Martha Bailey (University of Michigan)

3: Andrew Goodman-Bacon (Vanderbilt University)


Session 3: Forced Labor and the African Economy

Chair: Yannick Dupaz (University of Warwick)


Kara Dimitruk (Stellenbosch University) and Johan Fourie (Stellenbosch University), “Causes and Consequence of Lobbying: Evidence from petitions and in the 19th Century Cape Colony”


Gerda Asmus (University of Heidelberg, Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Richard Bluhm (Leibniz University Hanover), and Tobias Korn (Leibniz University Hanover), “The Emergency: British Detention Camps and the Origins of Distrust in Kenya”


Stephen Broadberry (University of Oxford) and Leigh Gardner (London School of Economics), “Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa 1885-2008”



1: Marlous van Waijenburg (Univerity of Michigan)

2: James Fenske (University of Warwick)

3: Yannick Dupaz (University of Warwick)


SESSION: Friday 2:20 – 3:50 PM


Session 4: The Effect Social Structure and Colonial Policy in India

Chair: Alex Persaud (University of Richmond)


Tamoghna Halder (University of California, Davis), “Caste, Reservation Policy and Social Mobility in India”


Latika Hartmann (Naval Postgraduate School) and James Fenske (University of Warwick), “Did Railways Affect Literacy? Evidence from India”


Dan Bogart (University of California, Irvine) and Marco Del Angel (University of California, Irvine), “Governments and the performance of the English East India Company



1: Bishnupriya Gupta (University of Warwick)

2: John Tang (University of Melbourne)

3: Gabriel Mathy (American University)


Session 5: Measuring Innovation and the Effects of Technological Change

Chair: Joel Mokyr (Northwestern University)


Alessandro Nuvolari (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies), Valentina Tartari (Copenhagen Business School), and Matteo Tranchero (University of California, Berkeley), “Patterns of Innovation during the Industrial Revolution: A Reappraisal using Composite Indicators of Patent Quality”


Jeremy Atack (Vanderbilt University), Robert Margo (Boston University), and Paul Rhode (University of Michigan), “‘Mechanization Takes Command’: Inanimate Power and Labor Productivity in Late Nineteenth Century American Manufacturing


Daniela Vidart (University of California, San Diego), “Household Vintages: Lifecycle Rigidities and the Effects of Electrification”



1: Elisabeth Perlman (US Census Bureau)

2: Joel Mokyr (Northwestern University)

3: Josh Lewis (University of Montreal)


Session 6: Migration and Labor Markets in South America

Chair: Noel Maurer (George Washington University)


Santiago Perez (University of California, Davis), “Southern (American) Hospitality: Italians in Argentina and the US during the Age of Mass Migration”


Andrea Papadia (European University Institute), “Slaves, Migrants, Development, and Public Goods Provision in Brazil, 1872-1923”


Amanda Guimbeau (Brandeis University), Nidhiya Menon (Brandeis University), and Aldo Musacchio (Brandeis University), “The 1918 Influenza Pandemic in Brazil: Human Capital Formation and Labor Market Consequences”



1: Rowena Gray (University of California, Merced)

2: Leticia Arroyo Abad (City University of New York)

3: Edson Severnini (Carnegie Mellon University)




Plenary Session (Atlanta Fed): 4:45 – 6:00 PM

“Housing Crises in Historical Perspective ” (featuring Gary Gorton, Yale University, Paul Willen, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Kenneth Snowden, UNC-Greensboro, chaired by Raphael Bostic, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta)


Reception (Atlanta Fed): 6:00 – 7:30 PM


Graduate Student Dinner: 8:00 – 11:00 PM





Historians’ Breakfast: 6:45 – 8:00 AM


Teachers’ Breakfast: 6:45 – 8:00 AM


Poster Session: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM


SESSION: Saturday 8:15 – 9:45 AM


Session 7: Government and Market Responses to Urban and Regional Change

Chair: Zeynep Hansen (Boise State)


D’maris Cofman (University College London), Judy Stephenson (University College London), and Nathan Sussman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Financing the Rebuilding of the City of London After the Great Fire of 1666”


James Siodla (Colby College) and Samara Gunter (Colby College), “Local Origins and Implications of the 1930s Urban Debt Crisis”


Michael Poyker (Columbia University) and Sebastian Ottinger (University of California, Los Angeles), “Why Aren’t People Leaving ‘Janesville’?: Industry Persistence, Trade Shocks and Mobility”



1: Anne McCants (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

2: Carol Heim (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

3: Alexander Field (Santa Clara University)


Session 8: The Role of the Social Safety Net in the UK and US

Chair: Melissa Thomasson (Miami University of Ohio)


Philipp Jaeger (RWI Essen) and Matthias Giesecke (RWI Essen), “Pension Incentives and Labor Force Participation: Evidence from the Introduction of Universal Old-Age Assistance in the UK”


Greg Clark (University of California, Davis) and Neil Cummins (London School of Economics), “Will you Miss me when I’m Gone? Family Networks and Social Outcomes, England 1750-2019”


Andrew Goodman-Bacon (Vanderbilt University) and Matt Pesner (Vanderbilt University), “Who Benefits from Federal Welfare Spending? Evidence from the Introduction of Progressive Cost Sharing”



1: Laura Salisbury (York University)

2: Phil Hoffman (California Institute of Technology)

3: Daniel Fetter (Stanford University)


Session 9: Growth and the Emergence of Industrial Clusters

Chair: Dan Gross (Harvard Business School)


Jeremiah Dittmar (London School of Economics) and Ralf Meisenzahl (Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System), “The Research University, Science, and the Origins of Industrial Clusters”


Michael Andrews (National Bureau of Economic Research), “The Innovator Next Door: Intra-City Clustering of Inventors and Entrepreneurs”


Shawn Kantor (Florida State University) and Alex Whalley (University of Calgary), “Space Race: Automation Innovation and Labor’s Share”



1: Reka Juhasz (Columbia University)

2: Michela Giorcelli (University of California, Los Angeles)

3: Bruno Caprettini (University of Zurich)


COFFEE BREK: 9:45 –10:15 PM


SESSION: Saturday 10:15 – 11:45 AM


Session 10: Institutional Change in Europe

Chair: Joyce Burnette (Wabash College)


Alfonso Carballo-Perez (Bocconi University), “Identifying the Origins of the Great Divergence in Europe: Rare Events, Outbreaks of the Social Revolts and Divergence in Labor Institutions”


Esther Redmount (Colorado College), Arthur Snow University of Georgia), and Ronald Warren (University of Georgia), “Meritocracy versus the Market: The Cardwell Reforms and Staffing the Officer Corps of the British Army”


Tanya Byker (Middlebury College) and Amanda Gregg (Middlebury College), “Female Partners and Corporate Founders in Imperial Russia, 1894”



1: Greg Clark (University of California, Davis)

2: Ahmed Rahman (Lehigh University)

3: John Nye (George Mason University)


Session 11: State Capacity and Economic Policy in Asia Over the Long Run

Chair: Carol Shiue (University of Colorado, Boulder)


Joy Chen (Stanford University), “State Formation and Bureaucratization: Evidence from Pre-Imperial China”


Chiaki Moriguchi (Hitotsubashi University), Mari Tanaka (Hitotsubashi University), and Yusuke Narita (Yale University), “Meritocracy and Its Discontents: Evidence from School Admissions in Imperial Japan”



1: Cong Liu (Shanghai University of Finance and Economics)

2: Tetsuji Okazaki (University of Tokyo)


Session 12: Institutions and Consequences of Western Settlement

Chair: Lee Alston (Indiana University)


Maggie Jones (University of Victoria), Donna Feir (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis), and Rob Gillezeau (University of Victoria), “The Determinants and Impacts of Historical Treaty-Making in Canada”


Nicolas Lillo Bustos (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana), “Land Inequality and Human Capital: Evidence for the United States from the Homestead Act”


Aparna Howlader (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), “Short- and Long-Term Environmental Consequences of Farmland Conservation Programs: Historical Evidence from the Great Plains, 1930-1980”



1: Mesay Gebresilasse (Amherst College)

2: Vellore Arthi (University of California, Irvine)

3: Paul Rhode (University of Michigan)


Women’s Lunch: 11.45 AM – 1:15 PM 


EHA Business Meeting: 1:15 – 2:00 PM 


Dissertation Session: 2:15 – 4:15 PM 

COFFEE BREK: 4:15 –4:45 PM


Presidential Address: 4:45 – 5:45 PM

Price Fishback, “The Growth of the Welfare State Across American Governments in the Last Century”


Cocktail Reception: 6:30 – 7:30 PM


Banquet: 7:30 – 9:30 PM 


President’s Party: 10 PM – 12 AM





EHA Breakfast 7:00 – 9:00 (Sponsored by GFD)


Poster Session: 8:00 – 10:30 AM


SESSION: Sunday 8:30 – 10:00 AM


Session 13: The Evolution of Banks and Financial Markets

Chair: Sarah Quincy (Vanderbilt University)


Fabrizio Marodin (University of California, Irvine), “The Credit Boom in Loans to Brokers and Stock Prices Fluctuations in the 1920s”


Christopher Meissner (University of California, Davis), Wilfried Kisling (University of Oxford), and Chenzi Xu (Harvard University), “International Banks: Reagents of the First Globalization”


Matthew Botsch (Bowdoin College) and Andrew Jalil (Occidental College), “A New Chronology of U.S. Asset Price Bubbles, 1825-1929”



1: Chris Cotter (Oberlin College)

2: Larry Neal (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

3: Angela Vossmeyer (Claremont McKenna College)


Session 14: The Political Economy of Interwar Period

Chair: Natalya Naumenko (George Mason University)


Albrecht Ritschl (London School of Economics), “Financial Destruction: Confiscatory Taxation of Jewish Property and Income in Nazi Germany”


Johannes Buggle (University of Lausanne), Thierry Mayer (Sciences Po), and Seyhun Orcan Sakalli (University of Lausanne), and Mathias Thoenig (University of Lausanne), “The Refugee’s Dilemma: Evidence from Jewish Outmigration in Nazi Germany”


Kim Oosterlinck (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Jean Lacroix (Université Libre de Bruxelles), and Pierre-Guillaume Meon (Université Libre de Bruxelles), “A Positive Effect of Political Dynasties: The Case of France’s 1940 Enabling Act”



1: Claudia Rei (University of Warwick)

2: Patrick Testa (Tulane University)

3: Jean-Laurent Rosenthal (California Institute of Technology)


Session 15: The Technology and Political Economy of Cultural Change

Chair: Anne Sofie Beck Knudsen (Harvard University)


Sascha Becker (University of Warwick), Steven Pfaff (University of Washington), and Jared Rubin (Chapman University), “Is the ‘Great Man’ Theory of History Dead? How Luther’s Personal Ties Affected the Diffusion of the Early Reformation”


Yannay Spitzer (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Entrepreneurship and Communal Tax Liability: The Political Economy of Early Modern Jewish-Polish Symbiosis”


Gianluca Russo (Boston University) “Mass Media and Cultural Homogenization: Evidence from the Golden Age of Radio in the United States, 1920-1940”



1: Mark Koyama (George Mason University)

2: Steve Nafziger (Williams College)

3: Katherine Eriksson (University of California, Davis)


COFFEE BREK: 10:00 –10:30 PM


SESSION: Sunday 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM


Session 16: Infrastructure and Land Assembly

Chair: Nicolas Ziebarth (Auburn University)


Eric Alston (University of Colorado, Boulder) and Bryan Leonard (Arizona State University), “Ghosted Towns: Commodities and Transportation in Economic Development”


Jose-Antonio Espin-Sanchez (Yale University) and Santiago Truffa (Tulane University), “Playing Checkers in Chinatown


Jeffrey Brinkman (Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia) and Jeffrey Lin (Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia), “Freeway Revolts!”



1: Ariell Zimran (Vanderbilt University)

2: Randall Walsh (University of Pittsburgh)

3: Chelsea Carter (Boston University)


Session 17: Race, Ethnicity, and Mobility

Chair: Edward Kosack (Xavier University)


Shariq Mohammed (University of Michigan) and Paul Mohnen (University of Michigan), “Rosenwald Schools and the Intergenerational Mobility of Blacks and Whites: Evidence from North Carolina”


Zachary Ward (Baylor University), “Intergenerational Mobility in American History: Accounting for Race and Measurement Error”


Christian Dippel (University of California, Los Angeles) and Dustin Frye (Vassar College), “The Effect of Land Allotment on Native American Households During the Assimilation Era”



1: Daniel Aaronson (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)

2: Gregory Niemesh (Miami University)

3: Melinda Miller (Virginia Tech)


Session 18: Institutional Change: General Rules, Banking and Antitrust

Chair: Carl Kitchens (Florida State University)


Naomi Lamoreaux (Yale University) and John Wallis (University of Maryland, College Park), “Adopting and Enforcing General Laws in the United States, 1830 to 1880”


Eric Hilt (Wellesley College) and Katharine Liang (Northwestern University), “Andrew Jackson’s Bank War and the Panic of 1837”


Jenny Rae Hawkins (Case Western Reserve University) and Tyler Powell (Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System), “Circumventing Antitrust Law: Cooperation Between Government and Industry During Times of Crisis, 1910-1945”



1: Karen Clay (Carnegie Mellon University)

2: Matt Jaremski (Utah State University)

3: Chris Vickers (Auburn University)



Graduate Student Instructions

Annual Meetings Graduate Student Information


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. (Note! Book on your own after notified of paper or poster acceptance. Plan to arrive on Thursday and depart on Sunday. REIMBURSEMENTS BY A CHEQUE DRAWN ON AN AMERICAN BANK, based on receipts)
  • Complimentary hotel rooms (double occupancy, shared with another graduate student) for up to 3 nights. (Available to all participating graduate students, even if not presenting. ROOMS WILL BE BOOKED BY MEETINGS COORDINATOR, more info about this in early July)
  • 60 percent discount on the registration fee
  • 80 percent discount on the Saturday Presidential Banquet
  • Free dinner with other graduate students Friday night.



All poster submitters will be notified of acceptance or if they were declined by mid- to late June.


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 1, 2019. Awards announced by mid-to-late-July.  Questions about the poster session should be directed to the Meetings Coordinator (Jari Eloranta,


Practical Details on the Poster:

To ease travel complications, we will provide the poster board. We intend to purchase Staple Poster Board, 22″ x 28″ (OR something very similar). To attach the posters, we will 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 Session Finalists:

NOTE! Ph.D. recipients selected as finalists for the dissertation session will receive also a travel subsidy cheque. See procedures for applying for the Nevins or Gerschenkron prizes on EH.Net. Please note that you need to: 1) book your own air etc. travel; 2) plan to arrive on Thursday and depart on Sunday; 3) plan on and register for the Saturday evening banquet – that is when the prizes are announced.


Call for Papers

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 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.