Gino Luzzatto Prize 2019-21

At the 2022 EHES Conference in Groningen, Felix Kersting (Humboldt University Berlin) won the Gino Luzzatto Dissertation Competition for to the best PhD Dissertation on any subject relating to the economic history of Europe, defended during the period July 2019 to June 2021, for his dissertation on The Political Economy of Social Identity in 19th […]

The Panopticon of Germany’s Foreign Trade. New Facts on the First Globalization, 1880-1913.

Wolf-Fabian HUNGERLAND and Nikolaus WOLF.  The full paper in the EREH can be read here We are used to distinguishing between the “first” and the “second” globalization, separated not only by two world wars, but also by changes in technology and institutions, and hence their basic economic logic. The first globalization is typically described in […]

The paradox of ‘Malthusian urbanization’: Urbanization without growth in the Republic of Genoa, 1300 to 1800

By Luigi Oddo (University of Genoa, Department of Political Science) and Andrea Zanini (University of Genoa, Department of Economics). From the second half of the 20th century, the role of urbanization in the development process has become an extensively investigated topic. In standard urbanization models, from the pioneering studies by Lewis (1954) on urban pull […]

EHES conference: Call for papers

Call for panels and papers are now open for the next EHES conference, to be held 17-18 June 2022 in Groningen.  All submissions are due by 10 January. See the official call for papers for more details about PhD bursaries and the dissertation prize here The website and submission portal are coming soon – we’ll […]

Death, sex and fertility: Female infanticide in rural Spain, 1750-1950

By Francisco J. Beltrán Tapia and (Norwegian University of Science and Technology; CEPR) and Francisco J. Marco-Gracia (University of Zaragoza; Instituto Agroalimentario de Aragón). Blog post based on the article with the same name published in the European Review of Economic History(here).   Many pre-industrial societies regulated population size by resorting to infanticide and the […]

War inflation as an agent of income tax modernization

Sara Torregrosa-Hetland Oriol Sabaté   The World Wars were associated with progressive tax policies in most Western countries. Top marginal income tax rates increased to unprecedented levels, while other fiscal instruments, such as excess profits taxes, were implemented during the wars to meet the extraordinary revenue needs (Scheve and Stasavage, 2016). In the income tax, […]

Fiscal capacity in ‘responsible government’ colonies: the Cape Colony in comparative perspective, 1865-1910

 by Abel Gwaindepi, Lund University  It has been accepted that colonists in settler colonies were willing to shoulder unusually high tax burdens to assert their self-rule and autonomy. Was this willingness to shoulder high tax burdens by the colonists generalized through the British Empire? To explore this question, I study and compare the Cape Colony’s fiscal […]

L’Histoire Immobile? A Reappraisal of French Economic Growth using the Demand-Side Approach, 1280-1850.

Leonardo Ridolfi (University of Siena) and Alessandro Nuvolari (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies) Historians interested in the study of economic performance of preindustrial societies owe a major intellectual debt to Angus Maddison. Even if by means of somewhat speculative methods, Maddison (2001) produced the first comprehensive set of estimates of GDP per capita for a […]