Economic History Association 2021 Annual Meeting

81st Annual Meeting of the Economic History Association – October 29-31, 2021 – Tucson, Arizona

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EHA 2021: Rules, Organizations, and Governments: Institutions and Economic History


Annual Meeting of the Economic History Association in Tucson, Arizona, October 29-31, 2021


In the hope that a later date will make it more likely that people can attend in person, the date of the 2021 EHA meeting has been moved to October 29-31. The deadlines for paper proposals, posters, and dissertations have already passed.


The theme for EHA 2021 is “Rules, Organizations, and Governments: Institutions and Economic History.” Over the last two and a half centuries the economies of the world have dramatically transformed. Part of these transformations occurred in and resulted from technology, demography, and markets. Part of these transformations occurred in and resulted from institutions. The way societies organize themselves, in both public and private spheres, exhibits marked patterns across the range of developed and developing nations. While we know what the patterns are, as economic historians and social scientists generally, we have struggled to understand how the patterns developed or how we might induce the patterns of developed societies in developing (or undeveloped) societies. The program committee calls for papers that take a more granular approach to questions related to institutions, collective decision making, and rules that originate in organizations. Organizations ranging from families, to businesses, to governments (which are organizations of organizations) all adopt rules, whether they enforce them or not. How these rules and organizations interact determines the institutional structure of all societies.



Graduate students are encouraged to attend the meeting. The association offers subsidies for travel, hotel, registration, and meals, including a special graduate student dinner. Students interested in learning more about the travel subsidies should email the Meetings Coordinator, Jeremy Land (jeremy.land@helsinki.fi). A poster session welcomes work from dissertations in progress. The dissertation session, convened by Martha Olney (University of California, Berkeley) and Steven Nafziger (Williams College) will honor six dissertations completed during the 2020-2021 academic year. The Allan Nevins and Alexander Gerschenkron prizes will be awarded to the best dissertations on North American and non-North American topics respectively.