Stating the obvious? Co-authorship and scientific contribution

One particularly controversial issue in recent case of  the Abilitazioni Scientifiche Nazionali in economic history in Italy has been the decision of not considering co-authored publications that did not include an explicit statement in which it was indicated the individual contribution of each author to the different sections of the paper.  Below, we publish  two […]

Announcement: FRESH incorporated into EHES

The Frontier Research in Economic and Social History (FRESH) organizers are pleased to announce that at the recent European Historical Economics Society (EHES) trustees meeting on March 29, 2014 it was decided to incorporate FRESH within the EHES. FRESH will continue to be supported by and administered from the University of Southern Denmark and the […]

About Italian Economic history: A reply

A reply from the Boards of the Italian Associations of Economic History (SISE) and the History of Economic Thought (AISPE) To: Profs. Robert C. Allen, Stephen Broadberry, Gregory Clark, Nicholas Crafts, Jane Humphries, Deirdre McCloskey, Joel Mokyr, Douglass North, Kevin O’Rourke, Leandro Prados de la Escosura, Jan Luiten Van Zanden, and Jeffrey G. WilliamsonApril 7, 2014Re: […]

Economic history in Italy: A letter to the Minister of University and Scientific Research

Re: Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale 2012, Storia Economica (13 C/1) Dear Prime Minister, dear Minister, We would like to express our concern about the results of the National Scientific Qualification (Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale) in Economic History (13 C/1). In particular, we are puzzled by the failure of a number of applicants with an outstanding track record […]

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 […]

NEW EHES Working paper: “Market potential estimates in history: a survey of methods and an application to Spain, 1867-1930”

The distribution of economic activity in Spain by night. New Economic Geography (NEG) stresses the role of accessibility as an explanatory factor of the spatial distribution of economic activity. According to this theoretical framework, when transport costs decline, production (mainly that characterised by increasing returns and imperfect competition) will tend to agglomerate in locations with a […]

NEW EHES Working paper: How did the capital market evaluate Germany’s prospects for winning World War I?

Evidence from the Amsterdam market for government bonds Tobias Jopp is Akademischer Rat (post-doc) at Universität Regensburg Economic historians have increasingly used market prices for a country’s sovereign debt to learn more about the importance, or unimportance, of special events seen through the lens of contemporaries.  Such “special events” typically include war, political turmoil, and economic crisis. Especially the American […]

NEW EHES Working Paper about Bank Deregulation, Competition and Economic Growth

Bank Deregulation, Competition and Economic Growth: The US Free Banking Experience Philipp Ager, assistantprofessor at University ofSouthern Denmark What is the optimal level of bank competition? New research by Philipp Ager and Fabrizio Spargoli sheds light on this question by testing how the introduction of free banking laws between 1837 and 1863 affected bank competition […]

The Florence FRESH Meeting

The Florence FRESH Meeting (European University Institute) opened with a session on Financial Markets. Andrea Papadia (LSE) showed that foreign debt repurchased by German citizens and companies in the 1930s helped the country to cope with sovereign risk, as recent advances in sovereign risk theory predict. Jérémy Ducros (Paris School of Economics) put forward possible […]