University Seminar in Economic History

Co-chairs 2015-2016:

Alan Dye, Barnard College ( )
David Weiman, Barnard College ( )
Susie J. Pak, St. John’s University (

Divya Subramanian (

University Economic History Seminar Schedule

Fall 2015

Oct 8

Yishay Yafeh, Hebrew University

The Great Pyramids of America: A Revised History of US Business Groups, Corporate Ownership and Regulation, 1930-1950 (with Eugene Kandel, Konstantin Kosenko, and Randall Morck)

Nov 5

Ariel Ron, Yale University

Economic Nationalism in the Greater Rural Northeast

Dec 3

Petra Moser, New York University Effects of Copyrights on Science—Evidence from the WWII Book Replication Program (with Barbara Biasi)


Spring 2016

Feb 4 Matthew Jaremski, Colgate University The (Dis)Advantages of Clearinghouses Before the Fed
Mar 3 Gavin Wright, Stanford and Yale Universities
Voting Rights and Economics in the American South

Apr 7

David Weiman,  Barnard College

"Derangement” of the Domestic Exchanges, and the Origins of Central Banking in the United States, 1893 to 1914  (joint with the late John A. James at the University of Virginia and James McAndrews of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York)

May 5

Dustin Frye, Vassar College

Transportation Networks and the Geographic Concentration of Industry

Meetings take place at the Columbia University Faculty House 7:30-9:00 pm. Before the seminar, we assemble at the Faculty House for drinks (5:45-6:30pm) and dinner (6:30-7:30).  RSVP is required for dinner.

The concerns of this seminar are wide ranging in time, place, and method. Emphasis is on the logic of European and American economic growth from feudal times forward with regular, but less frequent, contributions on Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Topics range from microeconomic studies of firms undergoing rapid technical change and households changing their interaction between home and market to more macroeconomic topics concerned with national and regional economic growth performance, the economics of imperialism, and the political economy of the Great Depression. Given the breadth of the seminar’s membership and interests, comparative economic history is often a central element in seminar discussions. Pre-circulation of papers permits vigorous discussion.

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