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

David Lerer

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



10/04/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
What have the Americans Ever Done for Us? U.S. intervention and public goods in Latin America, 1895-1929 (co-authored with Noel Maurer)
Leticia Arroyo Abad, Queens College, CUNY

11/01/2018 Milstein Center, Room 912, Barnard College
7:30 PM
Censorship, Family Planning, and the British Demographic Transition
Walker Hanlon, New York University

Notes: Paper co-authored with Brian Beach
12/13/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Banking on Slavery in the Antebellum American South
Sharon Murphy, Providence College

02/07/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM


03/07/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM


04/04/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM


05/02/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
2:00 PM