University Seminar in Economic History

Co-chairs 2017-2018:

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

Robert Corban (

University Economic History Seminar Schedule

Fall 2017

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


Spring 2018

Feb 1 Joshua Rosenbloom, Iowa State University The Economic Origins of the Postwar Southern Elite
Mar 1 Alan Dye, Barnard College

Apr 5

 Louis Hyman, ILR School, Cornell University

Topic TBA

May 3


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.

Archives: Previous years' schedules