Economic History Association 2013 Annual Meeting

D.C. Conference 2013

The conference has already taken place. You can find information on the schedule, travel, and hotel in the program booklet. Moreover, you can download the restaurant guide for the Ballston area here.

You can download the full program booklet here.

For further information, contact Meetings Coordinator Jari Eloranta at:


Information on all the travel options can be found here: The hotel link page also features information about likely taxi and other transportation costs.

The closest airport is the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (6 miles from the hotel). Another typical option for a traveler to the D.C. area is the Dulles International Airport (26 miles from the hotel). The latter is likely to feature more international flights. The Baltimore (BWI) airport is also an option, but a bit farther away (38 miles).

Conference attendees should also note that the hotel is located on top of the Ballston Metro Stop. You can find more information about the metro system here:

Another option, besides a taxi, is an airport shuttle. There are several companies that provide this kind of service. The EHA does not endorse any in particular—we urge you to look for them online.

Self-parking at the hotel is $17 per day for conference attendees.


Book early to secure your preferred travel destination!


Book Exhibit

The Economic History Association will hold its 73rd Annual Meeting at the Hilton Arlington hotel on September 20-22, 2013. 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 at the bottom of the page (Word documents) for further details.


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!

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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, 2013. Awards announced by July 27, 2013.  


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 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.



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.

Please send submitted dissertations to:

Professor Ian Keay

Department of Economics

Queen's University

94 University Avenue

Kingston, ON, Canada

K7L 3N6



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.

Please send submitted dissertations to:


Professor Dan Bogart

Department of Economics

University of California, Irvine

3151 Social Science Plaza

Irvine, CA, 92697-5100




For further details, see: 


Detailed Schedule

Detailed Schedule


Friday, September 20




Session 1

Institutions and Geography

Steven Nafziger (Williams College)

Scott Abramson (Princeton University)

The Origins of the Territorial State

Jean-Laurent Rosenthal (Caltech)

Karen Clay (Carnegie Mellon University)

Resources, Politics, Economics, and Curses: Evidence from the United States 1929-2002

Gavin Wright (Stanford University)

William F. Maloney (World Bank)

Felipe Valencia Caicedo (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

The Persistence of (Subnational) Fortune: Geography, Agglomeration, and Institutions in the New World

Alejandra Irigoin (London School of Economics)




Session 2

Education and Human Capital

Richard Steckel (Ohio State University)

Joerg Baten (University of Tübingen)

Dacil Juif (University of Tübingen)

A Story of Large Land-Owners and Math Skills: Inequality and Human Capital Formation in a Global Perspective, 1820-2000

Dietrich Vollrath (University of Houston)

Tomas Cvrcek (Clemson University)

Miroslav Zajicek (University of Economics in Prague)

School, What is it Good For? Schooling and Human Capital Investment in the 19th century Habsburg Empire

Alexander Klein (University of Kent)

Edward Kosack (University of Colorado Boulder)

The Bracero Program and Effects on Human Capital Investments in Mexico, 1942-1964

Graciela Marquez (Colegio de Mexico)




Session 3


Alan Dye (Barnard College)

Wim van Lent (ESSEC Business School)

Local Elites versus Dominant Shareholders: 200 Years of Dividend Policy at the Dutch East India Company

Peter Koudijs (Stanford University)

Warren Whatley (University of Michigan)

Morgan Henderson (University of Michigan)

The Impact of Colonialism on African Development: Evidence from the Ethnographic Atlas

Mark Koyama (George Mason University)

Dongwoo Yoo (West Virginia University)

Is the British Colonization Better than that of the French?: A Study of Vanuatu

Elise Huillery (Sciences-Po)

Marlous van Waijenburg (Northwestern University)

Ewout Frankema (Wageningen University)

Endogenous Colonial Institutions: Lessons from Fiscal Capacity Building in British and French Africa, 1880-1940

Claudia Rei (Vanderbilt University)




Session 4

Depression and Recovery

Price Fishback (University of Arizona)

Martha Olney (University of California, Berkeley)

Aaron Pacitti (Siena College)

Goods, Services, and the Pace of Economic Recovery

Chris Hanes (Binghampton University)

Andrew Bossie (City University of New York)

Rethinking the World War II Economy: The Welfare Effects of World War II and the Role of Household Demand in the Postwar Boom

Hugh Rockoff (Rutgers University)

Natacha Postel-Vinay (London School of Economics)

What Caused Chicago Bank Failures in the Great Depression? A Look at the 1920s

Mark Carlson (Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System)

Martin Uebele (University of Groningen)

Thilo Albers (University of Muenster)

A Monthly International Data Set for the Interwar Period: Taking the Debate to the Next Level

Gabe Mathy (University of California, Davis)




Session 5

Labor Markets

Joyce Burnette (Wabash College)

Sam Allen (Virginia Military Institute)

Price Fishback (University of Arizona)

The Impact of Progressive Era Labor Regulations on the Manufacturing Labor Market 

Carolyn Moehling (Rutgers University)

Jessica Bean (Denison University)

Intergenerational Labor Supply in Interwar London

Susan Wolcott (Binghampton University)

Sumner La Croix (University of Hawaii)

Timothy Halliday (University of Hawaii)

Sons, Daughters, and Labor Supply in Early Twentieth-Century Hawaii

Bishnupriya Gupta (University of Warwick)

Yukiko Abe (Hokkaido University)

Giorgio Brunello (Università degli Studi di Padova)

On the Historical Development of Regional Differences in Women’s Participation in Japan

Joyce Burnette (Wabash College)


Saturday, September 21




Session 6


Anne McCants (MIT)

Johan Fourie (Stellenbosch University)

Market Integration in South Africa Before and After Unification

Jan de Vries (University of California, Berkeley)

Leigh Gardner (London School of Economics)

Was Independence Really Better than Colonial Rule? A Comparative Study of Liberia and Sierra Leone

Ann Carlos (University of Colorado, Boulder)

Alexander Moradi (University of Sussex)

Remi Jedwab (George Washington University)

Edward Kerby (London School of Economics)

Colonial Investments and African Development: Further Evidence from Railroads in Kenya

Rick Hornbeck (Harvard University)




Session 7


Louis Cain (Loyola University Chicago)

Jeremy Atack (Vanderbilt University)

Matthew Jaremski (Colgate University)

Peter Rousseau (Vanderbilt University)

American Banking and the Transportation Revolution Before the Civil War

Peter Temin (MIT)

Kerstin Enflo (Lund University)

Thor Berger (Lund University)

Locomotives of Local Growth: the Short- and Long-Term Impact of Railroads in Sweden

Kris Inwood (University of Guelph)

Ross Knippenberg (University of Colorado at Boulder)

By How Much Did Railroads Conquer the West? 

John Larson (Purdue University)




Session 8

Population and Health

Joerg Baten (University of Tübingen)

Martin Dribe (Lund University)

Hilde Bras (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Marco Breschi (University of Sassari)

Alain Gagnon (University of Montreal)

Danielle Gauvreau (University of Concordia)

Thomas N. Maloney (University of Utah)

Joseph Molitoris (Lund University)

Lucia Pozzi (University of Sassari)

Helene Vezina (University of Quebec at Chicoutimi)

Socioeconomic Status and Fertility: Insights from Historical Transitions in Europe and North America

Michael Haines (Colgate University)

Briggs Depew (University of Arizona)

Griffin Edwards (Southern Utah University)

Alcohol Prohibition and Infant Mortality

Shari Eli (University of Toronto)

Anthony Wray (Northwestern University)

Krzysztof Karbownik (Uppsala University)

Childhood Illness and Occupational Choice in London, 1870-1911

Werner Troesken (University of Pittsburgh)




Session 9

Institutions and Beliefs

Tomothy Guinnane (Yale University)

Jared Rubin (Chapman University)

Avner Greif (Stanford University)

The Reformation, Political Legitimacy and the Origin of the Modern Economy in England

Dan Bogart (University of California, Irvine)

Lee Alston (University of Colorado)

Marcus Melo (Federal University of Pernambuco)

Bernardo Mueller (University of Brasilia)

Beliefs, Leadership and Economic Development: Making the Critical Transition

Shawn Kantor (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Jordi Vidal-Robert (University of Warwick)

The Persistence of the Inquisitorial Mind: Long-Run Effects of the Spanish Inquisition

Warren Anderson (University of Michigan, Dearborn)




Session 10

Industry and Trade

Gianni Toniolo (Duke University and LUISS)

Felip Benguria (University of Virginia)

U.S. Manufacturing during the Great Depression: Evidence from the Biennial Census of Manufactures

John Moore (Walsh College)

Tamas Vonyo (London School of Economics)

The Wartime Origins of the Wirtschaftswunder: The Growth of West German Industry, 1938-1955

Noel Johnson (George Mason University)

Paul Sharp (University of Southern Denmark)

Karl Gunnar Persson (University of Copenhagen)

Winners and Losers from Globalization: Why Both European and US Farmers were Angry in the Grain Invasion Era, 1870-1900

Jules Hugot (Sciernces-Po)




Session 11

Financial Crises

Eugene White (Rutgers University)

Alexander Field (Santa Clara University)

The Savings and Loan Insolvencies in the Shadow of 2007-2023

Jonathan Rose (Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System)

Moritz Schularick (University of Bonn)

Alan Taylor (University of California, Davis)

Oscar Jorda (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Sovereigns versus Banks: Credit, Crises, and Consequences

Peter Rousseau (Vanderbilt University)

Peter Temin (MIT)

Currency Crises from Andrew Jackson to Angela Merkel

Barry Eichengreen (University of California, Berkeley)






Sunday, September 22




Session 12


Michael Bordo (Rutgers University)

Marc Flandreau (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)

Governing Global Capital Markets: Collective Action Clauses, Bondholder Committees and the London Stock Exchange in the 19th Century, 1827-1868

Larry Neal (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Veronica Santarosa (University of Michigan)

Pre-Banking Financial Intermediation: Evidence from a Brokerage Law Reform in Eighteenth Century Marseille

Philip Hoffman (Caltech)

Patrick van Horn (New College of Florida)

Haelim Park (U.S. Treasury)

Did the Reserve Requirement Increments of 1936-1937 Reduce Bank Lending?: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

Eric Hilt (Wellesley College)




Session 13


Tom Nicholas (Harvard Business School)

James Bessen (Boston University School of Law)

Alessandro Nuvolari (Sant’ Anna School of Advamced Studies, Pisa)

Diffusing New Technology Without Dissipating Rents: Some historical case studies of knowledge sharing

Ross Thomson (University of Vermont)

Leonard Dudley (Université de Montréal)

Necessity's Children? The Inventions of the Industrial Revolution

Felipe Valencia Caicedo (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

Harry Kitsikopoulos (New York University)

The Diffusion of Newcomen Engines, 1700-70: A Revisionist Assessment

Joel Mokyr (Northwestern University)




Session 14

Migration and Inequality

Simone Wegge (College of Staten Island – CUNY)

Marianne Wanamaker (University of Tennessee)

William J. Collins (Vanderbilt University)

The Great Migration in Black and White: Understanding Black-White Differences Using Linked Census Data

John Brown (Clark University)

Yannay Spitzer (Northwestern University)

Ran Abramitzky (Stanford University)

Livio Di Matteo (Lakehead University)

Tops and Bottoms: Wealth Extremes in Late Nineteenth Century Ontario – Where Were the Rich People?

Chris Minns (London School of Economics)




Session 15

Long Run Growth and Living Standards

Sacha Becker (University of Warwick)

Christian Skovsgard (University of Southern Denmark)

Thomas Andersen (University of Southern Denmark)

Peter Jensen (University of Southern Denmark)

The Heavy Plough and the European Agricultural Revolution of the Middle Ages

Eona Karakacilli (University of Western Ontario)

Guido Alfani (Bocconi University)

Economic Inequality in Northwestern Italy: A Long-term View (Fourteenth to Eighteenth Centuries)

Peter Lindert (University of California, Davis)

Mauricio Drelichman (University of British Columbia)

David Gonzalez Agudo (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

Housing and the Cost of Living in Early Modern Toledo, 1489-1650

Regina Grafe (Northwestern University)



Full program booklet can be found 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.

Concise Schedule

Thursday, September 19

7:00-8:00 p.m.

Board of Trustees Meeting, cocktails

8:00-10:00 p.m.

Board of Trustees Dinner


Friday, September 20

8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Tour 1: Mount Verson and Alexandria (Note! Bus leaves from the hotel at 8 a.m. sharp!

10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Tour 2: Bureau of Engraving and Printing (Meet in hotel lobby to take subway)

8:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Tour 3: National Museum of American History (Meet in hotel lobby to take subway)

8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Board of Trustees Meeting (breakfast served)

9:00 a.m.-Noon

Workshop: Job Market Tips and Tales

1:00-5:00 p.m.

Poster Displays

1:00-2.30 p.m.

Session 1: Institutions and Geography

Session 2: Education and Human Capital

2:30-3:00 p.m.

Coffee Break

3:00-5:00 p.m.

Session 3: Colonialism

Session 4: Depression and Recovery

Session 5:  Labor Markets

5:15-6:45 p.m.

Plenary Session: “EHA, Economic History, and Wikipedia”

7:00-9:00 p.m.

Reception (Mercatus Center at George Mason University)

8:30-10:30 p.m.

Journal of Economic History Editorial Board Dinner

9:00-11:30 p.m.

Graduate Student Dinner


Saturday, September 21

6:45-8:00 a.m.

Historians’ Breakfast: “Global Perspectives: History, Development, and the World Bank Archives,” featuring Elisa Liberatori Prati (The World Bank) or (Chief Archivist, The World Bank);Jean-Jacques Dethier (The World Bank) or (Research Manager, Development Economics (DEC), The World Bank); and Giovanni Zanalda (Duke University)

6:45-8:00 a.m.

Teachers’ Breakfast: "MeasuringWorth as a Teaching Tool," featuring Sam Wiliamson (Miami University) and Joanna Short (Augustana College)

8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Poster Displays

8:30-10:00 a.m.

Session 6: Africa

Session 7: Railroads

Session 8: Population and Health

10:00-10:30 a.m..

Coffee break

10:30 a.m.-Noon

Session 9: Institutions and Beliefs

Session 10: Industry and Trade

Session 11: Financial Crises

Noon-1:00 p.m.

Women’s Lunch

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Business Meeting

2:15-4:15 p.m.

Dissertation Session

4:45-5:45 p.m.

Presidential Address (Bob Allen): 'American Exceptionalism as a Problem in Global History”

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Cocktail Reception

7:30-9:30 p.m.

Banquet and Awards

10:00 p.m.-Midnight

President’s Party, sponsored by the Economic History Society


Sunday, September 22

67:00-8:30 a.m.

EHA Continental Breakfast

8:30-10:00 a.m.

Session 12: Finance

Session 13: Technology

10:00-10:30 a.m..

Coffee Break


Session 14: Migration

Session 15: Long Run Growth and Living Standards


Conference Ends


A preliminary description of the conference events can be found in the Meetings Brochure (see below). Or you can download the concise and detailed schedules both as a PDF document here

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The 2013 EHA Meetings conference hotel is the Hilton in Arlington, VA.  

Hotel Exterior

Hotel Description:

Hilton Arlington is the perfect Washington, D.C., hotel. Conveniently located in the upscale community of Ballston just minutes from I-66, I-95 and I-395, our nation’s capital and Ronald Reagan National Airport are both just four miles away. And the White House, Washington Monument and many other museums and historical attractions are all less than 15 minutes away, making this the most centrally located in Arlington, Virginia, hotels.

This 100% non-smoking hotel features 210 beautifully decorated guest rooms and suites. Appointed with a fine list of standard amenities including high-speed Internet access, premium cable package and the Hilton Serenity Collection, they offer the best value in Arlington, VA, hotels.

Hotel amenities include an executive club level, Hilton HHonors® Points and Miles®, an on-site restaurant and lounge, and convenient underground parking. They even have a covered skyway that connects the hotel to Ballston Commons Shopping Mall and Washington Ballston Metro Station is located directly below the hotel, making it the most convenient of all the hotels in Arlington, VA.

The Group code for EHA room block is “EHA”. Guests may call 1-800-Hiltons and request “EHA” or they can go to:

Group Name:
Economic History Association 2013 Annual Conference
Group Code:
Hotel Name:
Hilton Arlington
Hotel Address:
950 North Stafford Street, Arlington, Virginia, 22203, USA
Phone Number:

All guest reservations must be made by Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in order to receive the $149.00 group rate (note: additional person at $159.00) 



The overflow hotel is the Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston. See below for instructions on how to reserve a room ($149 per night). You can see more details on the hotel here:

Group Name: 2013 Economic History Association

Group Arrival Date: September 18, 2013

Group Departure Date: September 22, 2013

Group Cut-off Date: August 28, 2013


If you want to arrive earlier or stay later than the dates we have blocked for the group, you need to contact the hotel directly and they will be happy to assist you. You can call the hotel in-house reservation department @703-243-9808 ext. 7107 or to avoid booking at higher or non-refundable rates.

2013 Economic History Association


Instructions for the link are as follows:

  • Double-click on the link and it will take you to our reservations webpage
  • Select your date of arrival and number of nights

* Please note that if your arrival or departure dates are different than the dates of the group, you will not be able to make a reservation online, and will need to give us a call on the numbers below

  • Click on "Check Availability"
  • It will give you room choices available within the block
  • Proceed with reservations

If you experience any problems with our direct group booking link, there is another way to book their rooms within your group block, as follows:

· Enter the group code (GN5) in the Group Code field  


For additional questions, please contact Meetings Coordinator Jari Eloranta ( 


The annual meetings online registration system is now CLOSED.

This system was open until August 15, 2013. You can also register on site at the conference at slightly higher rates.

Meeting Year: 2013