The Portuguese budgetary costs with First World War: A comparative perspective

by Ricardo Ferraz In my paper, I calculate and present the budgetary costs of Portugal with the First World War and estimate their effects on public finances and on economic growth using two dynamic models. I also establish comparisons between Portuguese budgetary costs with those of other belligerent nations. It is important to start by […]

Historical political economy and long-run development – Cologne FRESH meeting May 2023

Political economy has recently been described as the methodology of economics applied to the analysis of political behavior and institutions. Using history as a laboratory to contribute to political-economic theory and empirics has proven immensely valuable. This encompasses the use of historical data to study institutions and human behavior in the historical context but also […]

YSI – Economic History Graduate Webinar – Winter 2023

The YSI is putting out a CfP for the winter 2023 series. See their call on their website here, or read it below:   We are launching the sixth edition of the YSI-EHES Economic History Graduate Webinar this Winter. As in previous editions, we provide a platform for young researchers to present their ongoing work and […]

Smooth Sailing: Market Integration, Agglomeration, and Productivity Growth in Interwar Brazil

By Marc Badia-Miró (Universitat de Barcelona), Anna Carreras-Marín (Universitat de Barcelona) and Michael Huberman (Université de Montréal). Read the full article here The relationship between international exposure and the spatial location of economic activity has proven to be vexing problem for historians and economists. Rosés and Wolf (2019), for instance, observed that the great wave […]

Gender and the Long-Run Development Process: A Survey of the Literature

  Youssouf Merouani Department of Economic History Lund University Email: youssouf.merouani@ekh.lu.se Faustine Perrin Department of Economic History Lund University Email: faustine.perrin@ekh.lu.se Read the full paper here Why do certain countries display high gender equalities while others display low gender equalities? To what extent did women contribute to fostering economic development? Among the first economic historians […]

Trade globalization and social spending in Spain, 1850-2000

By Sergio Espuelas, Universitat de Barcelona (sergio.espuelas@ub.edu) Read the full paper here What is the impact of globalization on the Welfare State? This issue is present in current political debates in many countries around the world. Not surprisingly, it has received a growing attention in academia. However, there is no consensus yet among scholars on […]

The need for a Materfamilias: How important was having a working mother during childhood regarding income mobility?

In the article “Materfamilias: The association of mother’s work on children’s absolute income mobility, Southern Sweden (1947-2015)”, Gabriel Brea-Martinez studies the association of having a gainfully working and economically independent mother with upward absolute income mobility. The article focuses on children born between the 1940s-1980s in Southern Sweden, covered by the Scanian Economic Demographic Database […]

Local Multipliers and the Growth of Services: Evidence from late 19th Century USA, Great Britain, and Sweden

by Vinzent Ostermeyer, Lund University, Department of Economic History. Read more about Vinzent’s reserach here. Read the full paper (open access) here. A common periodization of economic development is that first labor shifts out of agriculture into industry and only then the service sector grows. However, such views disregard that already during the late 19th century […]

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 […]