EHA Newsletter

No. 23 (November 1999) Economic History Association, University of Kansas, Department of Economics, 213G Summerfield Hall, Lawrence, Kansas, 66045,


2000 EHA Meeting in Los Angeles, California

The 2000 Economic History Association meeting will be held September 8 - 10, 2000 at the Hotel InterContinental Plaza, Los Angeles, CA. Registration materials will be sent to EHA members in late May 2000.

Again this year there will be substantial discounts for graduate students. All faculty are encouraged to inform their graduate students of these offers! Graduate students receive a 50 percent discount on the registration fee, a free one-year subscription to the JEH, discounted hotel rates, and a 75 percent discount on group meals. Special gatherings for graduate students are in the works!

Faculty! To help pay for all these subsidies, we will be offering you the option to "Treat a graduate student to lunch" or to "dinner". Please plan now to include a little extra in your registration check.

For more information, check the web site: Otherwise, you may contact the Meetings Coordinator Martha Olney, EHA Annual Meetings Office, Department of Economics, University of California, 549 Evans Hall, #3880, Berkeley, CA 94720-3880. E-mail: Molney@ Fax: (510) 527-4558. Website:

Call for Proposals

The theme of the program is "The American Century." Was the 20th century "The American Century"? If so, in what manner did American institutions, technology, entrepreneurship, culture, consumer goods, and other economic conditions or policies have such a profound impact on the world that the characterization is warranted?

The program committee consists of Brad DeLong, Co-Chair, Kenneth Sokoloff, Co-Chair, Anne McCants, and Robert Allen. The committee especially encourages proposals for papers and sessions that address questions such as: what was the basis of "the American Century"? Was it economic, political, cultural or military? Can it continue? How and when did this dominance originate? The committee welcomes proposals for entire sessions as well as for individual papers. The former should include proposals for each paper in the session. The committee reserves the right to determine which papers will be presented in those sessions that are accepted. Papers for sessions that were not accepted may be incorporated into other panels.

To propose a paper, send three copies of a 3-5 page abstract and a 150 word abstract suitable for publication in the Journal of Economic History to Brad DeLong, Department of Economics, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720, or Kenneth Sokoloff, Department of Economics, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90024 by Friday, January 29, 2000. Proposals may also be submitted by using the form available from the EHA website: If a draft of the paper is available, it should be sent in addition to the abstracts. Notices of acceptance will be sent by March 30, 2000. Brad DeLong and Kenneth Sokoloff may be contacted for more information at and

Call for Dissertations

Those who expect to receive their Ph.D. in the academic year 1999/2000 are invited to apply for inclusion in the dissertation session at the 2000 annual meeting. Dissertations on U.S. or Canadian history chosen for presentation at the meetings will be finalists for the Allan Nevins Prize. Such dissertations should be sent to Christina Romer, Department of Economics, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 94720.

Dissertations on areas of the world other than the United States or Canada will be finalists for the Alexander Gerschenkron Prize. Such dissertations should be sent to Timothy Guinnane, Department of Economics, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520.

Applicants must send a copy of the dissertation to the appropriate convener no later than Monday, May 31, 2000. Those chosen for the session will each receive a Finalist's Award of $250.

2000 Annual Meeting Prizes

Alice Hanson Jones Prize

The Alice Hanson Jones Prize for an outstanding book in North American (including the Caribbean) economic history will be presented at the annual meeting. This $1,000 prize is awarded bienially and alternates with the Gyorgi Ranki Prize for a book in European economic history. The 2000 Jones Prize will be awarded for a book published in 1998 or 1999. Eligibility and Nominations: Only books published in English during 1998 or 1999 are eligible for the 2000 prize. The author need not be a member of the Association. Authors, publishers, or anyone else may nominate books. Send a copy of the book, plus a curriculum vitae of the author(s), with current information about addresses and telephone numbers, to each member of the committee listed below. The deadline for submission is March 1, 2000. The Jones Prize Committee members are: Eugene White, Rutgers University, Department of Economics, New Brunswick, NJ 08901; Lou Cain, Loyola University, Department of Economics, Chicago, IL 60611; Ann Carlos, University of Colorado, Department of Economics, Boulder, CO 80309; Sally Clarke, University of Texas - Austin, Department of History, Austin, TX 78712; and Paul Rhode, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Economics Department, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3305.

Authors! Be sure your publisher nominates your book.

Jonathan Hughes Prize

The Jonathan Hughes Prize will be awarded to recognize excellence in teaching economic history. The prize includes a $1,000 cash award. The winner will be selected by the EHA Committee on Education and Teaching. The basic requirement for nomination is a statement on how the nominee has exemplified excellence in the teaching of economic history. Nomination letters should be sent to Hank Gemery at Colby College, Department of Economics, Waterville, ME 04901, and a copy sent to the EHA office at the University of Kansas. For more information contact Hank Gemery at Deadline for nominations is Feburary 1, 2000.

1999 Annual Meeting

The abstract of all papers presented at the 1999 meeting, along with email links to the authors, are now available at

Gyorgy Ranki Prize

The Ranki Prize for an outstanding book in economic history of Europe was awarded to Sheilagh Ogilvie for her book titled State Corporatism and Proto-Industry, and to Ad M. van der Woude and Jan de Vries for their book titled The First Modern Economy. Both books were published by Cambridge University Press.

Allan Nevins Prize

The conveners of the 1999dissertation session selected Ian E. M. Keay to receive the Nevins Prize for his dissertation "Assessing the Performance of Canada's Manufacturers: Firm Level Evidence from 1902-1990," completed at the University of British Columbia.

Alexander Gerschenkron Prize

The committee awarded the Gerschenkron Prize to Chaki Moriguchi, for her dissertation, "The Evolution of Employment Systems in the United States and Japan, 1900-1960: A Comparative Historical and Institutional Analysis," completed at Stanford University.

Jonathan Hughes Prize for Teaching Excellence

The Committee on the Teaching of Economic History awarded the Hughes Prize to Robert Whaples of Wake Forest University.

Arthur H. Cole Prize

The Cole Prize for best article published in the Journal of Economic History was awarded to Charles Feinstein, All Souls College, Oxford University, U.K., for "Pessimism Perpetuated: Real Wages and the Standard of Living in Britain during and after the Industrial Revolution, " published in the September 1998 issue.

Teaching Breakfast 1999

The teaching breakfast, held on Sunday morning, October 10, 1999, was chaired by Ann Fender.

A standing room only audience at the 7am Sunday teaching breakfast listened and watched attentively and inquisitively as Richard Sutch, Susan Carter, Michael Haines, and Matthew Sobek demonstrated how the electronic version of Historical Statistics of the US can be used in economic history and other economics classes. Their power point magic brought out a large crowd (66 at its largest) seemingly eager to learn whether and how high tech methods and data might enliven classes. The crowd was not disappointed, and lively discussion followed about the Historical Statistics and other data sources, power point, the trade-off (whether real or not) between fancy technology and real understanding, and how to use data to reinforce real understanding.

Election Results

Richard Sylla, New York University was chosen President-Elect. Richard Steckel, Ohio State University was elected Vice President, and Ken Sokoloff, UCLA, was elected Trustee.

Arthur H. Cole Grants-in-Aid

The Committee on Research in Economic History awards Arthur H. Cole grants-in-aid to support research in economic history, regardless of time period or geographic area. Awards typically are in amounts up to $1,500, although higher amounts may be awarded in exceptional cases. To apply: seven copies of applications are due by April 1, 2000. Applications should be sent to Professor John Majewski at Department of History, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 .

Applications must include a description of the project (no longer than five pages); a curriculum vita; and a project budget. Applicants must be members of the Association and must hold the Ph.D. degree. Preference is given to recent Ph.D recipients.

This year, the Committee made awards to the following : Edward N. Beatty, Duquesne University, (Sources of Technological Change in Late Nineteenth Century Mexico); Simone A. Wegge, Lake Forest College, (Early Mass Migration: German Emigration of the 19th-Century); Craig Steven Pascoe, University of Georgia, (Building the Detroit of the South: Automobile Manufacturing In the Southern United States, 1905-1925); Andrew Seltzer, University of London, ( International Labor Markets and Personnel Practices Within the Union Bank of Australia (UBA) ); and Byung Khun Song, Corpus Christi College, The Cambridge Group, (Allotment, Rural Unrest, and Poor Relief Policy in the Early 19th-Century England).

Fundraising 1999 KEEP A GOOD THING GOING

The Board of Trustees is extremely grateful for your continued support of our various Prize Funds. So why stop now? When you receive your annual membership renewal form you will be offered the opportunity to keep a good thing going. You will be offered a menu of Prize Funds, as shown below, and we hope you will feel inclined to help increase the endowment of your favorite fund.

I would like to support my favorite Fund. Enclosed is my tax exempt contribution which I would like to go to the Fund or Funds indicated.

Cole Prize Fund _________
Jones Prize Fund __________
Gerschenkron Prize Fund _________
Ranki Prize Fund __________
Hughes Prize Fund _________
(CREH) Cole Grants ________
Use my contribution where needed _______

Please send your contribution to Thomas Weiss, Executive Director, Economic History Association, Department of Economics, Summerfield Hall, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045. Make your check payable to the Economic History Association, or use your credit card (Master or Visa).



EHA News

The Committee on Graduate Education that was established last year is continuing to develop ways to stimulate graduate student interest in economic history. This year they will begin implementing a plan to finance travel of interested students to economic history meetings and to integrate economic history into other summer programs related to graduate education in economics.

Jeremy Atack, Chair of the Committee would be happy to hear any ideas you have about encouraging interest, or where to find funding. His e-mail address is:

The Board also approved some changes related to the Annual Meeting. They approved the inclusion of a poster session at which graduate students and others could present their research; gave the program committee some flexibility in the scheduling of sessions; approved an honorarium for the dissertation finalists; approved funds for the President to use for the enhancement of the program; and will provide a stipend for the Meetings Coordinator.

The Board also accepted in principle a proposal to establish the Alfred Nucci Fund that would be used to support the construction of establishment data files from economic census questionnaires. The Board has taken under consideration a proposal from Cambridge University Press to publish an on-line version of the JEH.

EHA Sessions at AHA

Peter Coclanis has organized a session for EHA at the upcoming AHA meeting titled "Consumer Behavior and the Early Modern European Economy." The session will meet Saturday, January 8, 2000 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The chair and commentator is Peter Coclanis. Papers are by Jan de Vries, Timothy Breen, Terence McIntosh, and Joel Mokyr. For further information contact Peter at

Joint Membership Fees

Our agreement continues with the Economic History Society (U.K.) to offer joint memberships to EHA and EHS at discounted rates for 2000. The student/emeritus rate will be $47.00; regular rates for members with annual incomes under $40,000 will be $57.00, and those with incomes over $40,000 will pay $72.00. All joint subscriptions will begin as of the beginning of the calendar year.

Cliometric Society

Additional information on the following announcements can be obtained from The Cliometric Society, 109 Laws Hall, Miami University, 500 East High Street, Oxford, OH 45056, USA, phone: 513-529-2850, fax: 513-529-3308, email: or try the website

2001 Cliometrics Conference

The Fourth World Congress of Cliometrics will be held July 6 - 9, 2000, in Montreal, Canada. The Program Committee is now in the process of putting together an outstanding international program from the 90 excellent proposals submitted. The program will be posted on The Cliometric Society web site in early December.

All members of sponsoring organizations are invited to attend. Registration will be open but conducted in advance so participants can receive their copies of the Congress Book and read the papers prior to the Congress. Sessions will be held in traditional Cliometrics Conference format: Instead of formal presentations, authors will provide a brief introduction to their work, followed by an extended period of discussion involving session participants.

We will offer travel and lodging grants for graduate students and international scholars who otherwise cannot afford to attend. Presenting authors will have preference. Applicants are encouraged to use the form on The Cliometric Society web site, or submit the required information via e-mail, fax or post to the address below. Applications for grants will be accepted December 15 through January 15, 2000.

Complete information about registration and lodging and the Congress Registration Form will be available on The Cliometric Society web site in early January 2000. Using the web site registration form will allow us to provide immediate confirmation of your registration.

Once registered, participants will be able to make their own reservations with the Congress hotel, the Holiday Inn Montreal-Midtown, at the special Congress rate. A limited number of dormitory rooms at McGill University also will be available to participants.

Cliometric Society Undergraduate Economic History Paper Prize

The goals of this award are to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to achieve recognition for excellence in research and writing, to enable their work to reach a wider audience, and to encourage undergraduate writing and research in economic history.

Selection Committee members Colleen Callahan, Chair, Linda Barrington and Lee Craig are pleased to announce that the Fifth Undergraduate Economic History Paper Prize was awarded to Charmaine Go, UC-Berkeley. Her paper, "Unemployment Relief Distribution in the Bay Area During the Depression", is published in the October Newsletter of The Cliometric Society and on the Society web site,, and she receives a $500 cash award and a complimentary membership.

Economic History Service

Visit the EH.Net Economic History Services web site for more information on the topics that follow and to locate other resources. (US); (Europe); (Japan).

Graduate Program Directory

EH.Net will create a directory of graduate programs in economic history during the 1999-2000 academic year. All US graduate programs in economics and history have been contacted via e-mail to verify if they offer a specialization in economic history. Those who respond in the affirmative are being sent a more extensive and detailed questionnaire about courses offered, faculty and their areas of interest, and recent program graduates. In the next step of the project, graduate programs in the rest of the world will be surveyed. For further information, please write

Syllabus Colletion

Thanks to our contributors, EH.Net now offers close to 100 economic and business history course syllabi, many new and updated. The collection can now be sorted by both contributor name and topic. You are welcome to add your syllabus to this growing file.


EH.Net is starting a new Bibliography resource file on the web site at We invite you to send pertinent bibliographies. To contribute your Syllabus or Bibliography or to request submission instructions, please write

EHA Newsletter

This issue and selected back issues are available on the EHA web site at http://www/

International Economic History Association

Information about the XIII International Economic History Association Congress to be held in Buenos Aires in 2002 is on the Web: There you will find the calls for session proposals and the deadlines for submission. For further information, please consult the main Congress page.


The EHA is a member of the American Council of Learned Societies. Information about fellowships and grants is posted on the EHA server, and when possible announced in the Newsletter.

The ACLS website contains information about the ACLS and its publications and activities that might be of interest to you. You may be interested to know that ACLS is increasing the number of Fellowships it offers and the size of the stipends. (http:\\

Research Fellowships

The Library Company

The Library Company of Philadelphia's new Program in Early American Economy and Society will award at least one dissertation fellowship and one advanced research fellowships, tenable from September 2000 to May 2001 and carrying stipends of $15,000 and $30,000, respectively. The Program will also award four one-month research fellowships carrying stipends of $1,500 during the same period.

Designed to promote scholarship on the origins and development of early American business and the economy to roughly 1860, these fellowships will provide scholars the opportunity to use the extensive printed and manuscript collections that are held by the Library Company and by numerous other institutions in its vicinity. Fellows will also have many opportunities to participate in the intellectual life of the Program at the Library Company and in the community of scholars in the area.

Application deadline is March 1, 2000, with a decision to be made by April 15. To apply, send four copies each of a c.v., a detailed description of the nature of the research to be undertaken during the fellowship period, a relevant writing sample of no more than 25 pages, and two letters of recommendation sent by separate mail to: The Library Company of Philadelphia, Program in Early American Economy and Society, 1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. (For one-month fellowships omit the writing sample and the second reference.) For more information, contact Cathy Matson, Program Director, at

The American Antiquarian Society

The American Antiquarian Society in order to encourage imaginative and productive research in its unparalleled library collections will award a number of Fellowships for 2000-2001. The application deadline is January 15, 2000.

A brochure containing full details about the program and information about the Society's collections may be obtained by writing John B. Hench, Vice President for Academic and Public Programs, American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609-1634, phone: 508-755-5221 or email or Caroline Sloat at

The American Councils for International Education

ACTR/ACCELS is inviting applications for field research fellowships for graduate students, post-docs, scholars, and faculty in the humanities and social sciences. Funding up to $35,000/award available. For additional information please consult our website,, or contact Karen Aguilera: email:, tel.: 02-833-7522, fax: 202-833-7523.

The National Councils for Eurasian and East European Research

The National Councils for Eurasian and East European Research is inviting applications for research fellowships for post-docs, scholars, and faculty in the humanities and social sciences. Funding of up to $70,000/award available. For additional information please consult our website,, or contact Jonathan Mogul: email:, tel.: 202-822-6950, fax: 202-833-6955.

News about the Journal

Heath Pearson is the new editorial assistant at the Berkeley office, replacing Kyle Brinkman. Heath is a visiting assistant professor at Berkeley, dividing his time between teaching and his work for the JEH. He has contributed several book reviews to the journal as well.

We now would like to encourage more electronic submissions. Current plans call for Susan Isaac to continue as the editorial assistant for the North American office after Gavin Wright succeeds Gary Libecap as the editor. The long-distance working arrangement should provide ample opportunity to explore the benefits of electronic submissions.

JSTOR Program

The JEH is now available in the JSTOR Archive at http:\\

Economic History Association Financial Report, 1998-1999

Cambridge U. Press $106,688
Individual Membership 38,267
Interest & Dividends 25,926
Meetings 25,833
Contributions 3,814
Other Revenue 2,976
Editorial Offices $24,122
Management 18,701
Membership 10,604
Meeting Expense 26,214
Office & Miscellaneous 5,564
Postage 9
Printing 12,876
Awards and Grants-in-Aid 10,440
Depreciation 1,370
Market Value of Securities (as of 7/31/99) $429,437

Committees 1999-2000

The Committees listed below play an important role in the workings of the EHA. Each year the President makes one or more appointments to each committee. If you are interested in being considered for membership on a committee, or if you would like to recommend someone, please let the Executive Director know through the e-mail address:, or contact any other officer or member of the Board of Trustees.

EHA Officers and Board of Trustees, 1999-2000

President: Claudia Goldin, Harvard University.
President-Elect: Richard Sylla, New York University.
Vice President: Richard Steckel, Ohio State University.
Trustees: Barry Eichengreen, University of California, Berkeley, Henry Gemery, Colby College, Elyce J. Rotella, University of Indiana, and Ken Sokoloff, UCLA.
Immediate Past Presidents: Deirdre McCloskey, University of Iowa, and Gavin Wright, Stanford University. Larry Neal, University of Illinois.
Editors: Gary D.Libecap, University of Arizona and Jan De Vries, University of California, Berkeley.
IEHA Representative: Jeffrey G. Williamson, Harvard University.
Executive Director: Thomas Weiss, University of Kansas.
Meetings Coordinator (non-voting member): Martha L. Olney, University of California, Berkeley.

EHA Committees, 1999-2000

Executive Committee: Claudin Goldin (President), Richard Sylla (President-Elect), Barry Eichengreen (Senior Trustee), Robert Zevin (Chair, Audit Committee), Thomas Weiss (Executive Director), Martha Olney (Meetings Coordinator).
Nominating: Larry Neal, Chair (ex officio), Gavin Wright (ex officio), Richard Steckel (ex officio), Price Fishback (2000), Lynn Lees (2000), John Nye (2000), Thomas Weiss (non-voting, ex officio).
Membership: Michael Huberman, Chair (2000), Lee Alston (2001), Fred Carstensen (2002), Thomas Weiss (ex officio), Richard Sylla (ex officio).
Committee on Research in Economic History: John Majewski, Chair (2000), John Murray (2000), Kerry Odell (2001), Dan Barbezat (2001), Caroline Fohlin (2002), Dora Costa (2002), Thomas Weiss (ex officio).
Investment Committee: Robert Zevin, Chair (2000), Richard Sylla (2002), Thomas Weiss (ex officio).
Audit Committee:Robert Zevin, Chair (2001), Dan Raff (2003), Richard Steckel (ex officio), Richard Sylla (ex officio).
Ranki Prize: Larry Neal, Chair (2000), Peter Solar (2001), John Lampe (2002), John McKay (2003), Nathan Sussman (2004).
Jones Prize: Eugene White, Chair (2000), Lou Cain (2001), Ann Carlos (2002), Sally Clarke (2003), Paul Rhode (2004).
Standing Committee on Education in Economic History: Hank Gemery, Chair (2000), Kyle Kauffman (2001), Sukkoo Kim (2002), Thomas Weiss (ex officio).
Standing Committee on Research Archives and Data Bases:, John McCusker, Chair (2000), Margaret Levenstein (2001), Joseph Ferrie, (2002), Thomas Weiss (ex officio).
Standing Committee on the Journal of Economic History: Naomi Lamoreaux, Chair (2000), Stan Engerman (2000), Peter Lindert (2001), Michael Edelstein (2002), Jan DeVries (advisor), Gary Libecap (advisor), Thomas Weiss (ex officio).
EHA Program Committee: Brad DeLong, Co-chair (2000), Kenneth Sokoloff, Co-chair (2000), Anne McCants (2000), Robert Allen (2000), Martha Olney (ex oficio).
Dissertation Subcommittee: Christina Romer (American, 2000), Timothy Guinnane (Elsewhere, 2000).
Local Arrangements Committee: Lance Davis, Co-chair (2000), Philip Hoffman, Co-chair (2000), Naomi Lamoreaux (2000), Kenneth Sokoloff (2000), Mary Yeager (2000), Martha Olney (ex officio).
Committee on Graduate Education in Economic History: Jeremy Atack, Chair (2000), Steve Haber (2001), David Weiman (2002).
Standing Committee on EHA Administration: Members to be appointed next year.

EHA Representatives and Liaisons

International Economic History Association: Jeffrey Williamson (2001), Michael Bordo (2003).
American Council of Learned Societies:
Phil Hoffman (2002).
National Bureau of Economic Research:
Gavin Wright (2001).
Allied Social Science Association:
Claudia Goldin (2000).
Cliometric Society: Price Fishback (2000).
Business History Conference:
Jeremy Atack (2000).
Social Science History Association:
Richard Steckel (2000).
EH.NET: Hugh Rockoff (2000), Anne McCants (2001).
American Historical Assciation:
Peter Coclanis (2001).
International Society for New Institutional Economics:
John Nye (2000)