Economic History Archive

Columbia University Seminar in Economic History


Oct 5 Sam A. Mustafa, Ramapo College of New Jersey "War Pays for War": Napoleon's Practice of Plunder and Extraction: The Case of Westphalia, 1807-1813
Nov 9 Vellore Arthi, University of Essex Estimating the Recession-Mortality Relationship When Migration Matters (Joint with Brian Beach & Walker Hanlon)
Dec 7 Natalia Mora-Sitja, University of Cambridge Industrialization and Earnings Inequality in Nineteenth-Century Catalonia
Feb 1 Joshua Rosenbloom, Iowa State University The Economic Origins of the Postwar Southern Elite
Mar 1 Alan Dye, Barnard College Property Rights in Land and the Extent of Settlement in Dutch South Africa, 1652-1750 (with Sumner La Croix) 
Apr 12  Louis Hyman, ILR School, Cornell University Temp, chapter 10, "Restructuring the American Dream"
May 3 Eric Hilt, Wellesley College Asset Ownership and Political Partisanship:  Liberty Bonds and Republican Electoral Success in the 1920s
Oct 6  Sean Vanatta, Princeton University Charge Account Banking: A Study of Financial Innovation in the 1950s
Nov 3 Chris Kobrak, University of Toronto Escape FDI and the Varieties of Capitalism:  "Hundred and One Ways to Leave Your Home Country"
Dec 1 Peter Temin, MIT Race and the Vanishing Middle Class
Feb 2 Belinda Archibong, Barnard College, Columbia University Where Local Kings Rule: Long-Term Impacts of Precolonial Institutions and Geography on Access to Public Infrastructure Services in Nigeria
March 2 Simone Wegge, College of Staten Island, CUNY and Tyler Anbinder, George Washington University The Savings, Mobility, and Networks of New York’s Irish Famine Immigrants: Preliminary Evidence from the Emigrant Savings Bank
April 6 Stephen Haber, Stanford University Climate, Geography, and the Evolution of Economic and Political Systems
May 4 Reka Juhasz, Columbia University Topic TBA
May 5 Dustin Frye, Vassar College Transportation Networks and the Geographic Concentration of Industry
April 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)
March 3 Gavin Wright, Stanford and Yale Universities Voting Rights and Economics in the American South
Feb 4 Matthew Jaremski, Colgate University The (Dis)Advantages of Clearinghouses Before the Fed
Dec 3 Petra Moser, New York University Effects of Copyrights on Science—Evidence from the WWII Book Replication Program  (with Barbara Biasi)
Nov 5 Ariel Ron, Yale University  Economic Nationalism in the Greater Rural Northeast
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)
May 7, 2015 Suresh Naidu, Columbia University Contested Property: Counting Fugitive Slaves in the Antebellum South
April 2, 2015 Jean-Laurent Rosenthal, Caltech  After the Rentier Society The Great Shocks of the Twentieth Century Reconsidered: A Parisian Perspective 1872-1952
March 5, 2015

Christopher Muller, Columbia University
James Feigenbaum, Harvard University

The Eects of Lead Exposure on Violent Crime: Evidence from U.S. Cities in the Early Twentieth Century
February 5, 2015 Carolyn Moehling, Rutgers Mothers' Pension Legislation and the Politics of Welfare Generosity
December 4, 2014 Noel Johnson, George Mason University Taxes, National Identity, and Nation Building: Evidence from France
November 6, 2014 Jana Diesner, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana It's Always About the People. Enron is no Different
October 2, 2014 Oscar Granados, Jorge Tadeo Lozano University Bankers and Andean Minerals in the German Global Strategy, 1901-1914
May 1, 2014 Richard R. John, Columbia University Projecting Power Overseas: The 1863 Paris Postal Conference, the American Civil War, and the Creation of International Communications Networks
Aprril 3, 2014 Leah Boustan, UCLA and New York University  Introduction to “Competition in the Promised Land”
March 6, 2014 Kim Phillips-Fein, New York University The New York City Fiscal Crisis and Ideas of the State in the 1970s
February 6, 2014 Noel Johnson, George Mason University Jewish Persecutions and Weather Shocks: 1100 to 1800
December 5, 2013 Andrew Bossie, CUNY Queens Rethinking the WWII Economy:  The Welfare Effects of WWII and the Role of Household Demand in the Postwar Boom
November 7, 2013 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)
October 3, 2013 Emily Erikson, Yale University Negotiating Uncertainty with Social Ties in Early-Modern Overseas Trade (with Sampsa Samila)
May 2, 2013 Alan Dye,
Barnard College
Where Are All the Yankees? Ownership and Entrepreneurship in Cuban Sugar, 1898-1921
April 4, 2013 John Deveraux,
Queens College CUNY
Growth, Recessions and Banking Crises
March 7, 2013 Joel Kaye,
Barnard College
Equality and Equalization in the Economic Sphere, Part I: the Scholastic Discourse on Usury to 1300
February 5, 2013 Lee Alston
University of Colorado at Boulder
Beliefs, Leadership and Economic Development: Making the Critical Transition
December 6, 2012 Timothy Alborn,
Lehman College, CUNY
 The Strange Death of Mercantilist England: Gold and Protectionism, 1815-1846
November 1, 2012 Mary Tone Rodgers, SUNY-Oswego  An Overlooked Central Bank Rescue: How the Bank of France Ended the American Financial Crisis of 1907 (with James E. Payne)
October 4, 2012 Christopher Hanes, SUNY-Binghamton  Wage Rigidity during the Great Depression (with John A. James)
May  3, 2012  John C. Brown,
Clark University
A Direct Test of the Stolper-Samuelson Theorem: the Natural Experiment of Japan (with Daniel Bernhofen and Tanimoto Masayuki)
April 5, 2012 Naomi Lamoreaux, Yale University American Alchemy:  The Drive to Turn Ideas into Gold through the Market for Technology
March 1, 2012 Martha Olney, UC-Berkeley and Siena College From Skip to Hapless Victim: Interwar Changes in the Cost of Default
February 2, 2012 Eric Hilt,
Wellesley College and Russell Sage Foundation
The Panic of 1907: JP Morgan, Trust Companies, and the Impact of the Financial Crisis
December 1, 2011 Tuan-Hwee Sng, Princeton University Size and Dynastic Decline: The Principal-Agent Problem in Late Imperial China 1700-1850
November 3, 2011 Charles Calomiris, Columbia University Did Doubling Reserve Requirements Cause the Recession of 1937-1938? A Microeconomic Approach (with Joseph Mason and David Wheelock)
October 6, 2011 Alexander J. Field, Santa Clara University The Interwar Housing Cycle in the Light of 2001-2011: A Comparative Historical Approach
May 5, 2011 Alan Taylor,
UC Davis and Morgan Stanley
Credit Booms Gone Bust: Monetary Policy, Leverage Cycles, and Financial Crises, 1870-2008
April 7, 2011 Nathan Nunn, 
Harvard University
Commercial Imperialism? Political Influence and Trade During the Cold War
March 3, 2011 Cormac Ó Grada, University of Dublin and Princeton University Living Standards and Mortality Since the Middle Ages
February 3, 2011 Kris Mitchener
Santa Clara University
Arresting Banking Panics: Fed Liquidity Provision and the Forgotten Panic of 1929
December 2, 2010 Suzie Pak,
St. John's University
J.P. Morgan & Co. & Kuhn, Loeb & Co: Economic Cooperation & Social Separation, 1895-1914
November 4, 2010 Gergely Baics,
Barnard College
Appetite for Beef: The Quantity and Quality of New York City's Meat Supply, 1780-1860
October 7, 2010 Suresh Naidu, Columbia University How Green Was My Valley? Coercive Contract Enforcement in 19th Century Industrial Britain (with Noam Yuchtman)
May 6, 2010 Peter Meyer
A Pre-history of the Invention of the Airplane
April 1, 2010 Philip Hoffman, 
Cal Tech
Why was it that Europeans Conquered the World?
March 4, 2010 Jason Barr, 
Rutgers University, Newark
Bedrock Depth and the Formation of the Manhattan Skyline, 1890-1915
February 4, 2010 Gregory Clark
University of California, Davis
Was There Ever a Ruling Class?  800 Years of Economic and Social Mobility
December 3,2009 Neil Cummins,
Queens College, CUNY
The Origins of Modern Growth: Fertility and Human Capital in England, 1500-1914
November 5,2009 Joyce Burnette,
Wabash College
The Emergence of Wage Discrimination in US Manufacturing
October 1, 2009 Eugene White, 
Rutgers University
Lessons from the Great American Real Estate Boom and Bust of the 1920s