Debating Big Ideas in Economic History

A tribute to Jaime Reis

Lisbon, 6 June 2014 

We are pleased to announce a conference in honour of Professor Jaime Reis who will retire in 2014. The conference is organized by the Social Sciences Institute, University of Lisbon and Nova School of Business and Economics, and will be held on 6 June 2014.
Jaime Reis is well-known for his contributions to Portuguese, European and International Economic History on a widespread range of topics that include studies on economic backwardness, on financial and banking history, on education and institutional developments, as well as on the determinants of long-term growth. These topics will be discussed in four panels with contributions from specialists in the fields and the public.
All those who wish to attend are welcome to join. For further details, including recommendations for accommodation and dinner registration, please contact the convenors or Marta Castelo Branco (at
14:00-15:00 – Long-term growth
Leandro Prados de la Escosura (U. Carlos III) & Regina Grafe (EUI, Florence)
15:00-16:00 – The development of financial systems
Larry Neal (U. Illinois) & Rui Pedro Esteves (U. Oxford)
16:00-16:30 – Coffee-break
16:30-17:30 – Human capital and living standards
Cormac O’Grada (U. College, Dublin) & Joan Rosés (LSE)
17:30-18:30 – Portuguese economic history
Luciano Amaral (Nova, Lisbon) & Pablo Martín-Aceña (U. Alcalá)
19:30-20:30 – Tba
20:30 – Dinner at Nova School of Business and Economics
José Luís Cardoso, Leonor Freire Costa, Pedro Lains & Álvaro Ferreira da Silva