Economic History Association Annual Virtual Meeting
September 11-13, 2020
”The Lessons of Economic History”
Call for Posters and Dissertations (Papers have already been selected)
Dear EHA member,
The Board of Trustees has decided to move the September 11-13, 2020 Conference online and invites you to participate. The increasing uncertainty about whether the Pittsburgh Conference venue would be open and how many people would be willing (due to COVID-19 considerations) and able (due to the withdrawal of travel funds by universities) to attend convinced the Board that it would serve the profession better to move from an in-person Conference in Pittsburgh to a virtual format that is accessible everywhere.
The online format will preserve the opportunities for established scholars, new scholars, and students to showcase their research and gain invaluable feedback. The program will remain the same and invitations will soon be sent out for chairs and discussants. Awards of Prizes and the Presidential Address will be featured. The casual conversations that often spur new collaborative work will take place by email and phone—no masks required.
Best wishes, Stay healthy
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.