University Seminar in Economic History

Co-chairs 2013-2014:

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

University Economic History Seminar Schedule

Fall 2013

Oct 3

Emily Erikson, Yale University

Negotiating Uncertainty with Social Ties in Early-Modern Overseas Trade (with Sampsa Samila)

Nov 7

Mary Tone Rodgers, SUNY-Oswego

How the Bank of France Changed U.S. Equity Expectations and Ended the Panic of 1907 (with James E. Payne)

Dec 5

Andrew Bossie, CUNY Queens Rethinking the WWII Economy:  The Welfare Effects of WWII and the Role of Household Demand in the Postwar Boom


Spring 2014

Feb 6 Noel Johnson, George Mason University Jewish Persecutions and Weather Shocks: 1100 to 1800

Mar 6

Kim Phillips-Fein, New York University

The New York City Fiscal Crisis and Ideas of the State in the 1970s

Apr 3

Leah Boustan, UCLA and New York University

 Introduction to “Competition in the Promised Land”

May 1

Richard R. John, Columbia University

Projecting Power Overseas: The 1863 Paris Postal Conference, the American Civil War, and the Creation of International Communications Networks


Meetings take place at the Columbia University Faculty House 7:30-9:00 pm. We have also have drinks 5:30-6:30 and dinner 6:30-7:30.  (rsvp 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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