Economic History

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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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Professor Alan Dye

Professor Susie Pak

Professor David Weiman

Robert Corban

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



10/05/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
’War Pays for War’: Napoleon’s Practice of Plunder and Extraction: The Case of Westphalia, 1807 – 1813
Sam Mustafa, Ramapo College of New Jersey

11/09/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Estimating the Recession-Mortality Relationship when Migration Matters
Vellore Arthi, University of Essex and Columbia University

12/07/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Industrialisation and earnings inequality in nineteenth-century Catalonia
Natalia Mora-Sitja, University of Cambridge and Columbia University

02/01/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Economic Mobility in the 1860s
Joshua Rosenbloom, Iowa State University

03/01/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Property Rights in Land and the Extent of Settlement in Dutch South Africa, 1652-1750 (with Sumner La Croix)
Alan Dye, Barnard College, Columbia University

04/12/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Restructuring the American Dream
Louis Hyman, Cornell University

05/03/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Financial Asset Ownership and Political Partisanship: Liberty Bonds and Republican Electoral Success in the 1920s (co-authored with Wendy Rahn)
Eric Hilt, Wellesley College