The Rise of the Middle Class, Brazil (1839-1950)

This blog post was written by Maria Gomez Leon, researcher in Economic History at  University of Groningen The rise of the middle class during the process of economic development has become a major research topic. This has been fuelled by the expansion of this social group in Latin America during the last decade. The Brazilian case is extra […]

10th SOUND Economic History Workshop

The 10th SOUND Economic History Workshop took place in Lund, Sweden on the 26-27 November 2015. The two intense days included two keynote presentations and 17 presentations by young scholars.  (You’ll find the blog post on the 9th SOUND workshop, Copenhagen last year, here.)  The two keynote speakers were Joan Roses from the LSE, who spoke on the […]

Did monetary forces cause the Hungarian crises of 1931?

Flora Macher is a PhD student at London School of Economics Financial crises are a “hardy perennial” and while their recurrence never fails to cause substantial economic loss, on the positive side, researchers of financial history have a long record of episodes that they can use as a comparative reference when they are analyzing the […]

A closer look at the long-term patterns of regional income inequality in Spain: the poor stay poor (and stay together)

The publication of the 2010 Eurostat Regional Yearbook provides evidence to portray regional (NUTS2) income inequality in the European Union. Several features stand out. First, the wealthiest region, Inner London, has a per-capita GDP that is 3.24 times greater than the EU-27 average. Besides, Inner London’s per-capita GDP is 12 times that of Severozapaden (Bulgaria), […]

Any lessons for today? Exchange-rate stabilisation in Greece and South-Eastern Europe between economic and political objectives and fiscal reality, 1841-1939

The Greek financial crisis has laid bare serious economic fragilities in the South-Eastern corner of the 19 member strong euro area: a government debt stock of 170% of GDP, a dangerous bank-sovereign embrace, and an economy in its seventh year of recession which has declined more than a quarter since its 2008 peak.  Matthias Morys […]

The 11th Historical Economics Society Conference

The 11th Historical Economics Society Conference took place 4-5 September in Pisa, hosted by Giovanni Federico. More than 120 papers covering all areas of economic history were presented and discussed during two intensive days.  The conference was hosted by University of Pisa Key note speaker Robert C. Allen The conference was inaugurated with a keynote speak […]

Glasgow FRESH meeting: “Migration, Entrepreneurship and Social Change”.

On the 2nd of June 2015 Marc Di Tommasi and Zoi Pittaki organized a FRESH meeting in Glasgow on the theme “Migration, Entrepreneurship and Social Change”. The University of Glasgow hosted the event and let us use as a venue the historical Lilybank House, a lovely building constructed in the 1830s and extended by Alexander “Greek” Thomson in […]

Size and structure of disaster relief when state capacity is limited: China’s 1823 flood

For the Chinese people, the 19th century was not only a century of economic stagnation, massive uprisings, and humiliation in the face of foreign aggressors, but also of devastating natural catastrophes probably causing millions to die of starvation and epidemics. One of these disasters was the flood in 1823, at the beginning of Emperor Daoguang’s […]

Agriculture in European Little Divergence: The Case of Spain

For most of the sixteenth century, Spanish political might rose together with a sustained and intense economic development, allowing the country to remain among the most affluent nations of Europe. However, with the turn of the century economic growth halted, and was followed by a rapid decline. The crisis of the seventeenth century was particularly […]

Human Development as Positive Freedom: Latin America in Historical Perspective

This blog post was written byLeandro Prados de la Escosura,professor in Economic history at Unidersidad Carlos III de Madrid  How much has well-being improved in Latin America over time? How does Latin America compare to the advanced nations? Have their differences widened? Why?  Trends in well-being have been drawn on the basis of GDP per […]