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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

David Lerer

Meeting Schedule

10/07/2021 Online Meeting
6:30 PM
Canst Thou Beggar Thy Neighbour? Evidence from the 1930s
Paul Bouscasse, Columbia University

11/04/2021 Online Meeting
6:30 PM
Legal Origins of Corporate Governance: Choice of Law in Egypt, 1887-1913
Cihan Artunç, Middlebury College

12/02/2021 Online Meeting
6:30 PM
The 1918 Influenza Pandemic and its Lessons for COVID-19
Karen Clay, Carnegie Mellon University

Notes: Co-authored with Brian Beach and Martin Saavedra
02/03/2022 Online Meeting
6:30 PM
Bar Talk: Informal Social Interactions, Alcohol Prohibition, and Invention
Michael Andrews, University of Maryland, Baltimore

04/07/2022 Online Meeting
6:30 PM
Eight Centuries of Global Real Interest Rates, Varieties of Safety, and the "Suprasecular" Decline, 1311-2018
Paul Schmelzing, Yale University

05/05/2022 Online Meeting
6:30 PM
Comparative European Institutions and the Little Divergence, 1385-1800
Nuno Palma, University of Manchester (England, UK)