2020 EHS Annual Conference

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The 2020 Annual Conference, which was scheduled to be held at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, Friday 17 – Sunday 19 April was cancelled, on advice from the UK government, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


2020 Conference Booklet


Conference Programme and Papers (where provided)


Friday 17 April

0900-1030            Meeting of EHS Publications Committee (Room B, Bernard Sunley)
1030-1330            Meeting of EHS Council (Room D, Bernard Sunley)
1200-1700            Registration (Arumugam Building)
1245-1330            Lunch (for early arrivals) (Dining Hall)

1330-1500            New Researchers’ Session I (8 parallel sessions)


NRIA:        Early Modern Trade
(chair: Mattia Fochesato) (Room A, Bernard Sunley)

The Diaspora of a Diaspora: The Cassana and Rivarolo family network in the Atlantic, 1450-1530
Andres Mesa (Università degli studi di Teramo)

Learning by doing: Private partnerships and the circulation of knowledge in early modern Antwerp, 1621–1791
Patrick Naaktgeboren (Maastricht)

Caution in times of crisis: the Bristol sugar merchants’ response to the abolition movement, and its impact on wartime survival, 1783-1802
Peter Buckles (Liverpool)

NRIB:        Wages and Labour Markets (I)
(chair: Avner Offer) (Room C, Bernard Sunley)

The long way to gender equality: Gender differences in pay in Germany, 1871-2016
Theresa Neef (Freie Universität Berlin)

Industrial, regional, and gender divides in British unemployment between the wars
Meredith Paker (Oxford)

NRIC:        Finance and Protectionism
(chair: Duncan Ross) (Arumugam 2.1 [College])

Trade and protectionism in interwar Germany
Alexander Wulfers (Oxford)

The Middle East and the 1982 debt crisis
Ryan Smith (Glasgow)

NRID:        Colonial Economies
(chair: Ada Wossink) (Arumugam 2.2 [Khoan Sullivan])

Colonialism, institutional quality and the resource curse
Jubril Animashaun (Manchester)

British company colonisation, 1820-40
Matthew Birchall (Cambridge)

Culture, cocoa and collective action: The political economy of women’s taxation in colonial West Africa
Jennifer Kohler (LSE)

NRIE:        Long Run Development in Asia
(chair: Mattia Bertazzini) (JCR LT)

The missing big picture: Settlement size and patterns in mainland Southeast Asia during the first millennium CE
Phacharaphorn Phanomvan na Ayudhya (Oxford)

Quantification, state capacity, and centralised minimalism: Counting government employees in pre-modern China
Ziang Liu (LSE)

State formation and bureaucratisation: Evidence from Pre-Imperial China
Joy Chen (Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business)

NRIF:        Technological Innovation
(chair: Joan Rosés) (JCR PDR)

From imitation to industrialisation: Evolution of cloth quality in the British cotton industry, 1740-1820
Alka Raman (LSE)

The long-run gains from early adoption of electricity
Bjoern Brey (Nottingham)

NRIG:        Modern Agricultural Change
(chair: Gareth Austin) (Mary Sunley LT)

Were Latifundia an obstacle? Scale, soils and innovation in Uruguayan agriculture, 1880-1914
Emiliano Travieso (Cambridge)

Biomass trade and food security in Colombia during the twentieth century
Alexander Urrego-Mesa (Barcelona)

NRIH:        Human Capital and Consumer Culture
(chair: Jane Humphries) (Mary Sunley Seminar Room)

The formation of the ‘theatre market’: A socioeconomic analysis of the Viennese performing arts in the late eighteenth century
Ryohei Oshio (Ritsumeikan)

Honest, sober and willing: Oxford college servants, 1850-1939
Kathryne Crossley (Oxford)


1500-1530            Tea (JCR Lounge)

1530-1700            New Researchers’ Session II (8 parallel sessions)


NRIIA:       Financial History
(chair: Rui Esteves) (Room A, Bernard Sunley)

Exploring the limits of the limited partnership: The case of the Bank of Twente, 1860s-1920s
Amaury de Vicq (Utrecht)

Integrating small firms into the financial system: The case of the Netherlands, 1900-40
Ruben Peeters (Utrecht)

Zombie international currency: The Pound Sterling, 1945-73
Maylis Avaro (Graduate Institute Geneva)

NRIIB:       Wages and Labour Markets (II)
(chair: Corinne Boter) (Room C, Bernard Sunley)

Wages in the Ottoman textile factories in the nineteenth century
Tamer Güven (Istanbul)

Skill or race? Inequality in the wage labour sector in British Tanganyika
Sascha Klocke (Lund)

Poverty and wealth in the savanna: Living standards in colonial French West Africa
Tom Westland (Cambridge)

NRIIC:       Pre-Industrial English Economy
(chair: Jane Whittle) (Arumugam 2.1 [College])

The impact of missing data on network centrality measures
Joe Chick (Warwick)

‘Playing a poor hand with some little skill’? Economic decision-making in medieval agriculture: The sergeants of Durham Cathedral Priory?
Ryan Wicklund (Durham)

Socio-economic and land inequality in pre-industrial England: The case of Kingston Lacy (Dorset)
Ana Avino de Pablo (Ghent)

NRIID:       State Intervention
(chair: Jim Tolminson) (Arumugam 2.2 [Khoan Sullivan])

Active labour market policies: myth or truth? A text analysis of Italian Labour Law, 1990-2010
Chiara Natalie Focacci (Bologna)

Revolution, redistribution, and repression: Bismarck’s politics against the Socialists
Felix Kersting (Humboldt, Berlin)

The paradox of redistribution in time: Social spending in 48 countries, 1967-2016
Xabier García Fuente (Barcelona)

NRIIE:        Work and Productivity
(chair: Rebecca Simson) (JCR LT)

More with less? The effects of slave emancipation on productivity in the British Cape
Igor Martins (Lund)

Elusive promises: The impacts of the Central African Federation on industrial development in Northern Rhodesia, 1953-63
Mostafa Abdelaal (Cambridge)

Immigrant occupational attainment in periods of rapid structural change: The Balearic Islands during the tourism boom, 1969
José Antonio García Barrero (Barcelona)

NRIIF:        Technology and Agricultural Development
(chair: Youssef Cassis) (JCR PDR)

Coordinating decline: Governmental regulation of disappearing horse markets in Britain, 1873-1957
Luise Elsaesser (EUI)

Labour supply and directed technical change: Evidence from the abrogation of the Bracero Program in 1964
Shmuel San (NYU)

‘All is water’: Technological complementarities and path dependence in Indian agriculture
Aaditya Dar (Indian School of Business)

NRIIG:       Long-Run Human Development
(chair: ) (Mary Sunley LT)

Winter is coming: The role of temperature fluctuations for technological progress and comparative development
Christian Haas (JLU Giessen)

The quantity and quality of pre-industrial children: Evidence from Québécois twins
Matthew Curtis (UC, Davis)

The deep roots of inequality
Yuzuru Kumon (Bocconi)

NRIIH:       Mortality and Health Care
(chair: Eric Schneider) (Mary Sunley Seminar Room)

The impact of coal smoke on foetal death and infant mortality in early twentieth-century Japan
Tatsuki Inoue (Tokyo)

Urban penalty in Hermoupolis (Greece) in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
Michail Raftakis (Newcastle)

Colonial origins and health system performance in the D.R. Congo
Samuel Lordemus (York)


1700-1800            Open meeting for women in economic history (JCR LT)
1745-1830            Council reception for new researchers and first-time delegates (Bernard Sunley Foyer)

1830-1915            Plenary Lecture: (Bernard Sunley LT)
                               Professor Ian Forrest (Oxford)
                               Pryde is a vyce of inequalyte’: Measurement and culture in the history of inequality

1930-2030           Dinner (Dining Hall)

2030-2130           Meeting of New Researcher Prize Committee (Room A, Bernard Sunley)

Late bar available (Bar)


Saturday 18 April

0800-0900           Breakfast (Dining Hall)

0915-1045            Academic Session I (8 parallel sessions)


ASIA:        Women and the Economy in Letters of the Eighteenth-Century Caribbean
(chair: Sheryllynne Haggerty) (Room A, Bernard Sunley)     (Women’s Committee Session)

Kingston’s enterprising women and the creation of a global emporium, 1700-60
Christine Walker (Yale-NUS College)

‘Women are women everywhere’: Work and power in white women’s letters from the 18th century French Caribbean
Annika Raapke (Oldenburg)

‘I know not what to do with them’: The lived experience of women indentured servants in the British Caribbean, 1722-24
Helen Bates (Nottingham)

ASIB:        Geographies of Opportunity: The History of Intergenerational Mobility
(chair: Per Engzell) (Room C, Bernard Sunley)

Intergenerational inequality transmission in the long-term: Sociodemographic determinants in Catalonia (16th-19th centuries)
Gabriel Brea-Martinez (Lund) & Joana-Maria Pujadas-Mora (Autonomous Barcelona)

Social networks and intergenerational mobility in Victorian Britain
Myra Mohnen (Essex), Jose Alberto Guerra (Los Andes) & Julian Costas Fernandez (Essex)

Intergenerational mobility in Sweden before the welfare state
Per Engzell (Oxford), Thor Berger (IFN, Stockholm), Björn Eriksson (Lund), Jakob Molinder (Uppsala)

ASIC:        Migration
(chair: Justin Bucciferro) (Arumugam 2.1 [College])

People on the move: Everyday travel in early-modern England
Charmian Mansell (Cambridge)

The 1851-1911 censuses of England and Wales as a source for migration studies: Disproving Ravenstein’s step-migration hypothesis
Joseph Day (Cambridge)

ASID:        Living Standards

(chair: Eric Schneider) (Arumugam 2.2 [Khoan Sullivan])

The biological consequences of European imperialism in Southern Africa
Deborah Oxley (Oxford), Lance Van Sittert (Cape Town), Nigel Penn (Cape Town) & Michelle Sikes (Pennsylvania State)

Police as ploughmen in the food shortages of 1917: How the police helped to save the nation from starvation
Mary Fraser (Glasgow)

Consumption smoothing in the working-class households of interwar Japan
Kota Ogasawara (Tokyo Institute of Technology)

ASIE:        Stock Markets
(chair: Alba Roldán Marín) (JCR LT)

Herding in the St. Petersburg Stock Exchange, 1865-1913
Konstantinos Gavriilidis (Stirling) & Vasileios Kallinterakis (Liverpool)

The war next door and the Reds are coming: The Spanish Civil War and the Portuguese stock market
Jaime Marques Pereira (Bocconi), João Pereira dos Santos & José Tavares (Nova SBE)

Are university endowments really long-term investors?
David Chambers, Charikleia Kaffe & Elroy Dimson (Cambridge)

ASIF: Clerical Workers in the Twentieth Century
(chair: Marguerite Dupree) (JCR PDR)

Economic change and white-collar professions in Australia over the long twentieth century
Hannah Forsyth (Australian Catholic University)

Work, community and sociability: Reconstructing the everyday lives of women clerks in the British Civil Service, c.1900-39
Helen Glew (Westminster)

‘Unity is strength’: The Association of Women Clerks and Secretaries
Nicole Robertson (Sheffield Hallam)

ASIG:        Business Between Globalisation and Pan-European Cooperation
(chair: Tamás Vonyó) (Mary Sunley LT)

Western European commercial banks in the run-up to the Polish debt crisis, 1960s-1980s
Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol (Glasgow)

Getting involved, via Europe first: The strategies and choices of European socialist countries vis-à-vis the 1970’s globalising trends
Angela Romano (EUI)

European banking clubs between Europe and the World, 1970s-1980s
Alexis Drach (Glasgow)

ASIH:         Price Movements, Grain Policy, & Political Argument in Early Modern Europe
(chair: Max-Stephan Schulze) (Mary Sunley Seminar Room)

Agricultural rent and grain prices in England during the long eighteenth century
Keith Tribe (Tartu) & Gauthier Lanot (Umeå)

A re-examination of Labrousse’s analyses of wheat price movements in eighteenth-century France: Labrousse versus Labrousse?
Sylvie Rivot (Haute Alsace), Jean-Daniel Boyer (SAGE-Strasbourg) & Magali Jaoul-Grammare (BETA-Strasbourg)

Public granaries: A debated institutional solution for rising prices in eighteenth-century German and Russian economic literature
Marten Seppel (Tartu)


1045-1115            Coffee (JCR Lounge)

1115-1245            Academic Session II (8 parallel sessions)


ASIIA:        Twentieth Century Southeast Asia
(chair: Greta Seibel) (Room A, Bernard Sunley)

Thailand under Japanese rule: Wartime finance and occupation costs
Panarat Anamwathana (Oxford)

World War II and Southeast Asia: Costs and benefits
Gregg Huff (Oxford)

ASIIB:        Pre-Modern Trade
(chair: Paul Sharp) (Room C, Bernard Sunley)

Exogenous shocks, political change, and fiscal capacity: The case of late medieval Siena
Mattia Fochesato (Bocconi)

Female petitioners to the English East India Company, 1600-1753
Aske Brock (Aalborg)

Structural change in the Royal African Company stock transfers, 1672-1712
Jose Corpuz (York)

ASIIC:        Political Economy of International Monetary Policy

(chair: Olga Christodoulaki) (Arumugam 2.1 [College])

International bimetallism and the political economy of gold in Victorian Britain, 1873-1901
Sabine Schneider (Oxford)

An international monetary system for the Global South: Leftwing politics, UNCTAD, and the reform of Bretton Woods
Seung Woo Kim (Graduate Institute Geneva)

Central bank swaps then and now: Swaps and dollar liquidity in the 1960s
Catherine Schenk (Oxford) & Robert McCauley (Bank for International Settlements)

ASIID:        State Capacity
(chair: Cristina Victoria Radu) (Arumugam 2.2 [Khoan Sullivan])

Monastic orders, feudal control, and public goods in medieval England
Jakob Schneebacher (Oxford)

Slavery, racial segregation and public goods provision in Brazil: A long-run perspective, 1872-2012
Andrea Papadia (Bonn)

Warlords and failed states
Zhangkai Huang (Tsinghua); Lixin Xu (World Bank), Yi Shao (Peking) & Meng Miao (Renmin)

ASIIE:        Financial and Monetary Crises
(chair: Mark Billings) (JCR LT)

Monetary crisis and reform in seventeenth-century Naples
Lilia Costabile (Naples Federico II) & François Velde (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)

1866 and all that: Famine, financial crisis and political chaos in the British Empire
Charles Read (Cambridge)

How JP Morgan picked winners and losers
Jon Moen (Mississippi) & Mary Tone Rodgers (SUNY, Oswego)

ASIIF:        Credit and Trade Networks in Medieval Europe
(chair: Catherine Casson) (JCR PDR)

Financing Anglo-Gascon trade in the late middle ages
Robert Blackmore (Independent scholar)

Money lending and settling debts in and around Meran (South Tirol) in the fourteenth century
Stephan Köhler (Mannheim)

Private debt and credit networks in Hansa towns: The evidence from last wills
Hiram Kümper (Mannheim)

ASIIG:       Poverty and Population
(chair: Elise Nederveen Meerkerk) (Mary Sunley LT)

The long run history of poverty rates in England and India
Robert Allen (NYU Abu Dhabi)

Truly bare-bones: What if bare-bones baskets were not fixed?
Tommy Murphy (San Andrés)

World population, 1800-1938
Giovanni Federico (NYU Abu Dhabi)

ASIIH:        Local/Micro Perspectives
(chair: Jonathan Healey) (Mary Sunley Seminar Room)

Were nonconformists’ occupations different? A comparison between the occupations of Anglican and nonconformist fathers in five areas of Wales, 1813-20
Frances Richardson (Oxford)

Another working-class autobiography? The secret journal of Private Robert McNally, 1815-36
Pam Sharpe (Tasmania)

Human capital and earnings in Northern Pennine lead mining during the late Industrial Revolution
Tim Barmby (Newcastle)


1245-1345            Lunch (Dining Hall)
1245-1315             Lunch for Editorial Board  (Quad South Room [14.1])

1330-1415            NR Poster Session (Arumugam, 1st floor)

1415-1545            Academic Session III (8 parallel sessions)


ASIIIA:      Twentieth Century Inequality
(chair: Jane Humphries) (Room A, Bernard Sunley)

Wage inequality and economic growth: How to account for government employees?
Miguel Artola (Carlos III de Madrid)

British inequality in the early 20th century: Inequality among working households in British national household expenditure surveys 1890-1961
Ian Gazeley (LSE), Rose Holmes (LSE), Andrew Newell (Sussex) Kevin Reynolds (Brighton) & Hector Rufrancos (Stirling)

The incomes of the wealthy during turbulent times: Sweden, 1910-50
Erik Bengtsson (Lund) & Jakob Molinder (Uppsala)

ASIIIB:       Technology and Industrialisation
(chair: Myra Mohnen) (Room C, Bernard Sunley)

The labour market causes and consequences of technological progress: Evidence from the use of steam engines
Leonardo Ridolfi (Siena), Mara Squicciarini (Bocconi) & Jacob Weisdorf (Sapienza, Rome)

Social learning and the adoption of steam power in Austrian cotton spinning, 1841-59
Tomas Cvrcek (UCL)

Sectoral patterns of innovation in Italian industry: From the Liberal Age to Fascism, 1861-1936
Michelangelo Vasta (Siena) & Alessandro Nuvolari (Sant’Anna, Pisa)

ASIIIC:       Migration and Record Linking
(chair: ) (Arumugam 2.1 [College])

Emigration from the UK 1870-1913: Quantity and quality
Tim Hatton (Essex)

Selection patterns in the Great Italian Migration, 1876-1913
Andrea Gentili (Università degli Studi Internazionali di Roma) & Pier Giorgio Ardeni (Bologna)

Solely by reason of her marriage: The effect of the 1907 Expatriation Act on marital patterns
Melinda Miller (Virginia Tech) & Jessica Bean (Denison)

ASIIID:      Ancient Economic History
(chair: Tommy Murphy) (Arumugam 2.2 [Khoan Sullivan])

Environmental change, the social contract and the origins of the state
Mattia Bertazzini (Oxford), Robert Allen (NYU Abu Dhabi), Leander Heldring (Briq Institute/Tilburg)

Winds of commerce:  Ancient patterns of trade in the Indian Ocean
Conrad Copeland (Bristol)

Extreme weather and long-term health: Evidence from two millennia of Chinese elites
Ben Li (Massachusetts Lowell) & Wang Sheng Lee (Deakin & IZA)

ASIIIE:       Bond Markets
(chair: David Chambers) (JCR LT)

Born of necessity: The origins of convertible bonds in the Netherlands
Florian Madertoner (Erasmus) & Abe De Jong (Monash)

The value of a quote: Stock market listing for sovereign bonds, 1872-1911
Rui Esteves (Graduate Institute, Geneva)

Poland and its peers on the International Sovereign Debt Market, 1927-36
Thea Don-Siemion (LSE)

ASIIIF:       Finance and Politics in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic
(chair: Helen Paul) (JCR PDR)

Intermediaries in mortgage-backed securities: The plantation business of F.W. Hudig, 1759-97
Tim Kooijmans (Monash), Abe De Jong (Monash) & Peter Koudijs (Stanford)

Banking, finance and modernity in Jamaica and the British Atlantic, 1750-1825
Aaron Graham (Oxford)

Pieter Stadnitski sharpens the axe: A revolutionary report on American sovereign finance
Peter Veru (Colorado)

ASIIIG:      Firm Entry and Exit in Historical Perspective
(chair: Judy Stephenson) (Mary Sunley LT)

Market entry and exit by entrepreneurs, England and Wales 1851-81
Robert Bennett (Cambridge)

Entrepreneurship and structural change, France 1866-96
Jean-Pierre Dormois (Sciences-Po, Bordeaux) & James Foreman-Peck (Cardiff)

A century of corporate failures: Evidence from the Netherlands
Philip Fliers & Chris Colvin (QUB)

ASIIIH:      Empire and Colonialism
(chair: Leigh Gardner) (Mary Sunley Seminar Room)

Neither negotiation nor absolutism: Spanish empire-building and political economy in the eighteenth century
Jesús Bohorquez (Lisbon)

The economic consequences of colonialism: Angola, 1892-1961
Pedro Lains (Lisbon)

Disaster and colonialism in India: Situating earthquake, politics and nationalism in 1934
Tirthankar Ghosh (Kazi Nazrul)


1545-1615            Tea (JCR Lounge)
1545-1615            NR Poster Session (Arumugam 1st floor)

1615-1745            Academic Session IV (8 parallel sessions)


ASIVA:      Inequality and Elites
(chair: Erik Bengtsson) (Room A, Bernard Sunley)

New representations of wealth distribution in Restoration England
Andrew Wareham (Roehampton), Theresa Dellinger, Georg Vogeler, Jakob Sonnberger (Graz) & Mike Shand (Glasgow)

Danish land inequality, 1688-1895
Markus Lampe (Vienna), Nina Boberg-Fazlic, Paul Sharp (Southern Denmark) & Pablo Martinelli Lasheras (Carlos III de Madrid)

When do the landed elites give up power? Europe in the interwar period
James Simpson (Carlos III de Madrid)

ASIVB:      Economic Geography
(chair: Claudia Rei) (Room C, Bernard Sunley)

Market access and urban growth in England and Wales during the pre-steam era
Daniel Bogart (UC Irvine), Eduard Alvarez (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya), Max Satchell & Leigh Shaw-Taylor (Cambridge)

Historical resource booms and wage inequality in the United States: Regional implications for long-run development
Justin Bucciferro (Colgate)

Political unification and geographic economic disparities in Italy: 1861-71
Valeria Rueda (Nottingham) & Brian A’Hearn (Oxford)

ASIVC:      Pre-Modern Labour Markets
(chair: Jordan Claridge) (Arumugam 2.1 [College])

The long history of the legal action of enticement
Sonia Tycko (Oxford)

Guild society: Social capital and guilds in early modern England
Patrick Wallis (LSE)

Women and children on the labour market in Denmark in the early modern period
Cristina Victoria Radu (Southern Denmark)

ASIVD:  Twentieth Century Business History
(chair: Florian Madertoner) (Arumugam 2.2 [Khoan Sullivan])

Made in Ireland: The world’s first self-enforced country-of-origin trademark, 1907-22
Robin Adams (QUB)

How did the accounting and finance system change within Japanese zaibatsu due to the tax reforms in the 1920s and 1930s?
Shunsuke Nakaoka (Kokushikan)

Corporate social responsibility for workers: Pirelli, 1950-80
Ilaria Suffia (Università Cattolica of Milan)

ASIVE:       Gold Standard
(chair: Sabine Schneider) (JCR LT)

Foreign exchange reserves and exchange rate stability in the international Gold Standard, 1880-1913
Paolo Di Martino (Turin/Birmingham)

Charity begins at home: Why Britain resumed the Gold Standard after the French Wars
Pamfili Antipa (Sciences Po)

Was the Gold Standard a good idea for the southern European periphery? A comparison between Spain and Italy
Alba Roldán Marín (Barcelona)

ASIVF:       Credit and Regulation
(chair: Christopher Colvin) (JCR PDR)

The regulation of credit in eighteenth-century Portugal: The case of the Misericórdias
Lisbeth Rodrigues (Lisbon)

Find Raiffeisen: The missing requisites for cooperative lending in South India 1930-60
Maanik Nath (LSE)

Access to credit for Indonesian SMEs in the twentieth century: Bridging the gap towards financial inclusion
Greta Seibel (LSE)

ASIVG:      Mortality
(chair: Deborah Oxley) (Mary Sunley LT)

The timing and causes of infant mortality decline in England and Wales
Neil Cummins & Eric Schneider (LSE)

Sex ratios and missing girls in late nineteenth-century Europe
Francisco J Beltrán Tapia (Norwegian University of Science & Technology)

How the other half dies: Immigration and the mortality transition in U.S. cities
Philipp Ager (Southern Denmark & CEPR), James Feigenbaum (Boston), Hui Ren Tan (Singapore) & Casper Worm Hansen (Copenhagen)

ASIVH:      Twentieth Century European Productivity and Living Standards
(chair: Amanda Gregg) (Mary Sunley Seminar Room)

Eastern European standards of living in comparative perspective, 1913-38
Stefan Nikolić (Bocconi)

Growth under Socialism: Productivity growth in Hungarian industry, 1949-85
Tamás Vonyó (Bocconi)

Convergence and divergence of European industrial structures after WWII: First evidence from a new dataset, 1952-2012
Fabio Lavista (Pisa)


1745-1845                  Annual General Meeting of the Economic History Society (Room A, Bernard Sunley)

1930-2000                Conference Reception (JCR Lounge)
(Kindly supported by the University of Oxford)
                                    Book launch (kindly supported by Boydell & Brewer)

2000                          Conference Dinner (Dining Hall)

Late bar available (Bar)


Sunday 19 April

0800-0900            Breakfast (Dining Hall)

0915-1115               Academic Session V (8 parallel sessions)


ASVA:       Long Run Economic Growth
(chair: Jacob Weisdorf) (Room A, Bernard Sunley)

Net Domestic Consumer Surplus (NDCS), 1700-2017
Roger Fouquet (LSE)

Feinstein fulfilled: Updated estimates of UK GDP, 1841-1920
Ryland Thomas (Bank of England) & Solomos Solomou (Cambridge)

Uncovering the real gap: Weak sustainability trends between USA and Latin America, 1870-2018
Cristián Ducoing (Lund), Eoin McLaughlin (UC Cork) & Les Oxley (Waikato)

Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa, 1885-2008
Leigh Gardner (LSE) & Stephen Broadberry (Oxford)

ASVB:        Market Integration and Trade
(chair: Victoria Bateman) (Room C, Bernard Sunley)

Comparing inter-urban transaction costs: Capital and wheat markets north and south of the Alps, 1350-1800
Max-Stephane Schulze (LSE), David Chilosi (Groningen) & Oliver Volckart (LSE)

Commodity market integration in Africa, 1842-1938
Nektarios Aslanidis, Óscar Martínez (Rovira i Virgili) & Federico Tadei (Barcelona)

Gravitational forces in British foreign trade since 1870
Albrecht Ritschl (LSE)

Industrial safeguarding in Britain, 1925-8: The determinants of protection
Brian Varian (Swansea)

ASVC:        Labour Markets in History
(chair: Pam Sharpe) (Arumugam 2.1 [College])

Fatherless: The long-term effects of losing a father in the U.S. Civil War
Yannick Dupraz (Warwick) & Andy Ferrara (Pittsburgh)

Deindustrialisation, unemployment, and spatial mismatch: The case of Britain in the 1920s
Ivan Luzardo-Luna (LSE)

ASVD:       Identity and Persistence
(chair: Jakob Schneebacher) (Arumugam 2.2 [Khoan Sullivan])

Priests and postmen: Historical determinants of national identity
Claudia Rei (Warwick)

Fascistville: Mussolini’s new towns and the persistence of Neo-Fascism
Mario Francesco Carillo (Naples Federico II)

Elites of independence Kenya and Uganda: Socially fractured or class in the making?
Rebecca Simson (Oxford)

ASVE:        Great Depression and Banking
(chair: Pamfili Antipa) (JCR LT)

The curious illusion of contingent capital in British banks in the twentieth century
Mark Billings (Exeter)

Economic uncertainty and macroeconomic stabilisation in interwar Greece
Michail Amourgianos & George Chouliarakis (Manchester)

Thrift and the Great Depression
Victor Degorce (EHESS) & Eric Monnet (Paris School of Economics & EHESS)

ASVF: Trading Networks
(chair: Nuala Zahedieh) (JCR PDR)

Social proximity in credit markets: An application of SNA to an early modern merchant firm
Cinzia Lorandini & Francesca Odella (Trento)

The most skilful artisans and the richest merchants: The long-run integration of the French Huguenots in the seventeenth and eighteenth century
Christie Swanepoel (Western Cape)

Networks, institutions and business intelligence in the eighteenth-century slave trade
Sheryllynne Haggerty (Nottingham)

Contestations and co-existence: Indian merchant networks in the Bay of Bengal, 1800-1950
Jayati Battacharya (Singapore)

ASVG:       To the Finland Station: New Research in Russian Economic History
(chair: Vasileios Kallinterakis) (Mary Sunley LT)

All along the watchtower: Defence lines and the origins of Russian serfdom
Timur Natkhov (Higher School of Economics, Moscow) & Andrea Matranga (Chapman)

Financial dynamics: Corporate capital structure and payout policies in Imperial Russia, 1900-14
Steven Nafziger (Williams College) & Amanda Gregg (Middlebury College)

Financing late industrialisation: Evidence from the Imperial Russian State Bank
Marvin Suesse (Trinity College Dublin) & Theocharis Grigoriadis (Freie Universität Berlin)

Democratic support for the Bolshevik Revolution: An empirical investigation of 1917 Constituent Assembly Elections
Andrei Markevich (New Economic School, Moscow) & Paul Castañeda Dower (Wisconsin)

ASVH:        Cash Flow and Liquidity Management by the Medieval English Crown
(chair: Nadia Matringe) (Mary Sunley Seminar Room)

Medieval ‘fiscal stabilisers’? Henry III and his payment of money fees
Tony Moore (Reading)

Managing the cash crisis of the 1250s
Nick Barratt (Open)

Jornalia accounts under Edward I and Edward II
Stefan Holz (Heidelberg)

Edward II’s domestic creditors: A comparative study of the state loans from the English nobility, towns, merchants and clergy, 1307-27
Robin McCallum (QUB)


1115-1145            Coffee (JCR Lounge)

1145-1300            Tawney Lecture (Bernard Sunley LT)
                                   Professor Mary O’Sullivan (Geneva)
                                   History as Heresy: Unlearning the “Lessons” of Monetary & Financial History

1300-1400            Lunch (Dining Hall)

1300-1400            Session on publishing for NR attendees (Arumugam 2.1 [College])



Famine, institutions, and indentured migration from colonial India
Ashish Aggarwal (Warwick)

Women’s economic and legal roles in the Court of Orphans in early modern London, 1660-1720
Jessica Ayres University of (York)

Agricultural income inequality in “the countries” of colonial India, 1880-1910
Jordi Caum Julio (Barcelona)

Understanding the unskilled gender wage gap in Mexico, 1870-1940
Enrique de la Rosa-Ramos (KCL)

A Poor Inquiry: Poverty and famine in nineteenth-century Ireland
Áine Doran (QUB)

The evolution of primary schooling provision in Mozambique under indigenato, 1930-62
Pablo Fernández Cebrián (Barcelona)

Gatsby in the country of The Leopard? Top incomes, inheritances, and the persistence of economic status in modern Italy, 1872-2016
Giacomo Gabbuti (Oxford)

Taxation and wealth inequality in the German territories of the Holy Roman Empire, 1350-1800
Victoria Gierok (Oxford)

Eating sugar in the seventeenth-century British Atlantic World
Mimi Goodall (Oxford)

Forced labour, state capacity and trade: The case of colonial Indonesia
Mark Hup (UC Irvine)

Education, geography and fertility decline: Evidence from Colombia
Juliana Jaramillo (LSE)

Technology and labour: The Italian case, 1871-2011
Francesco Maccelli (Florence)

Friars and their patrons in medieval Dublin
Rowena McCallum (QUB)

Merciful tyrants: What rebellion forgiveness can tell us about state formation in Mughal India, 1556-1707
Safya Morshed (LSE)

Self-reinforcing growth? Local multipliers and employment growth during the industrial revolution
Vinzent Ostermeyer (Lund)

Structural consequences of egalitarianism: Minimum wages, skill premium and firm size in Italy, 1946-91
Andrea Ramazzotti (LSE)

The fiscal multiplier: Narrative evidence from interwar German tax changes
Hendrik Steinbrecher (TU Dortmund)

The impact of spinning mechanisation on employment and wages in the English cotton textile industry, c.1786-1811
Alexander Tertzakian (Cambridge)

The crisis of the monetary system in Cromwellian Ireland, 1649-60
Christopher Whittell (Cambridge)

Strangling speculation: The effects of the 1903 Viennese futures trading ban
Laura Wurm (QUB)