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

“New Jersey Hall, the home of the Economics Department of Rutgers University, and the home of four, count them four, economic historians: Michael Bordo, Carolyn Moehling, Hugh Rockoff, and Eugene White.

Economic History Association Annual Virtual Meeting

September 11-13, 2020


”The Lessons of Economic History”

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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.