To Block or Not: Why the British Ruling Elite Enabled the Industrial Revolution during the 18th Century

Author: Emrah Gülsunar Twitter: @GulsunarEng For centuries before the Industrial Revolution, ruling elites used their political power to block or constrain technological and economic development in many countries from China to Europe with motivations to protect their power, keep economic rents, or avoid social disturbances. Accordingly, it was possible for the British ruling elite to […]

Coffee tastes bitter: education and the coffee economy in Colombia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

Authors: María José Fuentes-Vásquez and Irina España-Eljaiek Read the full paper here The flip side of the story: agrarian commodity production and educational demand Agrarian commodity production usually affects the supply of schooling since this economic structure facilitates the concentration of power in a minority elite that restricts the educational provision to preserve the status […]

Risk Management in Traditional Agriculture: Intercropping in Italian Wine Production

Authors: Giovanni Federico and Pablo Martinelli Lasheras Read the full paper here What has to do the exposure to Barbary Pirate raids in Early Modern Italy with vine-planting techniques in the early 20th century? You will learn it by reading this short entry. In a recent paper, Giovanni Federico (New York University Abu Dhabi- NYUAD) […]

Women in Early Modern University. The historical roots of the gender-equality paradox in academia

David de la Croix, LIDAM/IRES Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium       Mara Vitale, LIDAM/IRES Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium       Read the full paper here This is an updated version of an article that appeared in VOX-CEPR. Cf. https://cepr.org/voxeu/columns/women-early-modern-academia-catholic-phenomenon.   Despite significant progress in gender equality in academia over the past […]

On the right track? Railways and population dynamics in Spain, 1860-1930

Author: Guillermo Esteban-Oliver Read the full paper here Spain has a much lower proportion of inhabited territory and a significantly greater spatial concentration of population than the rest of Western Europe: approximately 90% of its population lives in only 30% of the national territory (Gutierrez et al., 2020). Although this pattern dates from the pre-industrial […]

Unraveling the Economic Threads of Art: An Introduction to the Economic History of the Arts

Exploring the Economic History of the Arts reveals the profound interplay between economics and the arts throughout history. This burgeoning field offers valuable insights into the economic factors shaping artistic production, fostering interdisciplinary collaborations that enrich our understanding and appreciation of art and culture. A recent Special Issue at the European Review of Economic History […]