The long-term relationship between economic development and regional inequality: South-West Europe, 1860-2010

Abstract of the new EHES working paper by Alfonso Díez-Minguela, Rafael González-Valb, Julio Martinez-Galarragaa, M. Teresa Sanchisa, and Daniel A. Tirado: Our paper analyses the long-term relationship between regional inequality and economic development. The literature points that, from a spatial perspective, the convergence process may display a non-linear evolution. In this respect, Williamson (1965) suggested […]

Unreal wages? Real income and economic growth in England, 1260-1850

Abstract of the new EHES working paper: Jacob Weisdorf, University of Southern Denmark. Jane Humphries, University of Oxford Historical estimates of workers’ earnings suffer from the fundamental problem that annual incomes are inferred from day wages without knowing the length of the working year. This uncertainty raises doubts about core growth theories that rely on […]

Mikołaj Malinowski won the Figuerola Prize awarded biennially for the best article published in the European Review of Economic History

Mikołaj Malinowski is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Lund University Serfs and the city: market conditions, surplus extraction institutions, and urban growth in early modern Poland  European Review of Economic History. 2016, 2, volume 20, pp. 123–146. Abstract of the article: I investigate the relation between institutions, markets, and preindustrial economic growth. In particular, I analyze the […]

Thor Berger 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 2015 to June 2017 Thor Berger is a postdoctoral fellow atLund University Engines of Growth: Essays in Swedish Economic History A central task for economic historians is […]

WEast Workshop, May 19-20 2017 in Bucharest

This blog post was written byCristina Victoria Radu,PhD student at University ofSouthern Denmark The WEast workshop recently took place in Bucharest on the 19th and 20th of May, bringing together scholars working on a wide range of topics in economic history, growth and development dedicated to countries from Eastern and Central Europe. The WEast initiative, […]

Resource endowments and agricultural commercialization in colonial Africa: Did labour seasonality and food security drive Uganda’s cotton revolution?

Michiel de Haas is PhD student atWageningen University Agricultural commercialization was a key driver of African economic change during the colonial era. Why did some African smallholders adopt cash crops on a considerable scale, while most others were hesitant to do so? In recent years, debates on the determinants of African development have been dominated by […]

How Extractive Was Colonial Trade?

Federico Tadei is Profesor Visitanteat Universitat de Barcelona Extractive colonial institutions have been considered one of the main causes of current African underdevelopment (Acemoglu, Johnson, and Robinson, 2001; Nunn, 2007). Yet, since colonial extraction is hard to quantify and its precise mechanisms are not well understood, a paucity of research has examined exactly how successful […]

Alleged Currency Manipulations and Retaliatory Tariffs. Some lessons from the 1930s

Thilo Albers is PhD student in Economic Historyat London School of Economics (LSE) How forceful can retaliations to alleged currency manipulations be? What are the effects on trade? The following research seeks answers to these questions in the interwar period. The evidence for China still deliberately undervaluing her currency is at best weak (see Cheung […]