University Seminar in Economic History

Co-chairs 2018-2019:

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

David Lerer, Columbia University ( )

University Economic History Seminar Schedule

Fall 2018

Oct 4

Leticia Arroyo Abad, Queens College, CUNY

What Have the Americans Ever Done for Us?  U.S. Intervention and Public Goods in Latin America, 1895-1929 (joint with Noel Maurer)

Nov 1

Walker Hanlon, NYU

Censorship, Family Planning, and the British Demographic Transition  (joint with Brian Beach)

Dec 13

Sharon Murphy, Providence College

Banking on Slavery in the Antebellum South

Spring 2019

Feb 7 Marcelo Bucheli, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Caffeinated Memories: The Creation of Historical Narratives as Public Goods: Evidence from the Colombian Coffee Industry (joint with Luis Felipe Sáenz)
Mar 7 Emilie Connolly, NYU

Apr 4

 Joshua Lewis,
University of Montreal

May 2

Johannes Norling, Mt. Holyoke College

Demographic Consequences of Natural Disasters

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