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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

10/06/2022 Zoom
7:30 PM
The Pangdatsang Trading Firm: Politics, Currency Exchange, and Trans-Tibet Business during WWII
Elizabeth Reynolds, Washington University

11/03/2022 Zoom
7:30 PM
Making a Central Bank out of the Federal Reserve: a Historical Perspective on Wartime Amendments to the Federal Reserve Act
Jane Knodell, University of Vermont

12/01/2022 Zoom
7:30 PM
Migration and Living Standards in the Early 20th Century Caribbean: Evidence from Dominican Residency Permits (with Craig Palsson)
Brian Marein, University of Toronto

02/02/2023 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM


03/02/2023 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM


04/13/2023 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM


05/04/2023 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM