University Seminar in Economic History

Co-chairs 2016-2017:

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

Divya Subramanian (

University Economic History Seminar Schedule

Fall 2016

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"

ec 1

Peter Temin, MIT

Race and the Vanishing Middle Class


Spring 2017

Feb 2 Belinda Archibong, Barnard College, Columbia University
Mar 2 Simone Wegge, College of Staten Island, CUNY and Tyler Anbinder, George Washington University

Apr 6

 Stephen Haber, Stanford University

Topic TBA

May 4

Reka Juhasz, Columbia University

Topic TBA

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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