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The concerns of this seminar are wide-ranging in time, place, and method. Emphasis is on European and American economic growth and development from feudal times to the present, with a growing representation of 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

All seminars will meet over Zoom for the 2020-2021 academic year. Meeting links provided upon RSVP. Meeting dates and times are subject to change. 

Meeting Schedule

11/05/2020 Online Meeting
6:30 PM
Transport and Urban Growth in the First Industrial Revolution
Dan Bogart, University of California, Irvine

Notes: Paper co-authored with E. Alvarez-Palau, O. Dunn, A.E.M. Satchell and L.M.S. Shaw-Taylor
02/04/2021 Online Meeting
6:30 PM
Measuring the Carceral Legacy of Slavery
John Clegg, University of Chicago

04/01/2021 Online Meeting
6:30 PM
Investing in State Capacity: Haiti, 1932-1949
Craig Palsson, Utah State University