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WEast Workshop, May 19-20 2017 in Bucharest
This blog post was written by Cristina Victoria Radu , PhD student at University of Southern 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 hi...
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Resource endowments and agricultural commercialization in colonial Africa: Did labour seasonality and food security drive Uganda’s cotton revolution?
Michael de Haas is PhD student at Wageningen 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 he...
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How Extractive Was Colonial Trade?
Federico Tadei is Profesor Visitante at 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 extrac...
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Alleged Currency Manipulations and Retaliatory Tariffs. Some lessons from the 1930s
Thilo Albers is PhD student in Economic History at London School of Economics (LSE) The evidence for China still deliberately undervaluing her currency is at best weak (see Cheung et al 2016). Yet, with the new US president in office, import surcharges for ...
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Between war and peace: The Ottoman economy and foreign exchange trading at the Istanbul bourse
Did events during the First World War reflect in the foreign exchange rates? A new  EHES working paper by Avni Önder Hanedar, Hatice Gaye Gencer, Sercan Demiralay, and İsmail Altay from different universities in Turkey provide evidence on the foreign exchan...
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Why did Argentina become a super-exporter of agricultural and food products during the Belle Époque (1880-1929)?
In the first wave of globalization the populations of some extra-European countries were also able to earn high incomes but with low levels of industrialisation. These countries had been recently colonised by Europe (Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, Australia an...
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Plague and long-term development
The lasting effects of the 1629-30 epidemic on the Italian cities Guido Alfani is associate professor at University of Bocconi After many years of relative neglect, plague has recently started to recover a long-lost popularity among economic historians. In ...
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Accounting for the ‘Little Divergence’
This blog post was written by AlexandraM. de Pleijt, post doc at Utrecht University What drove economic growth in pre-industrial Europe, 1300-1800?  The Industrial Revolution is arguably the most important break in global economic history, separating a worl...
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Long Run Growth in Spain: Evidence from Historical National Accounts
Leandro Prados de la Escosura  (Universidad Carlos III, CEPR, Groningen, and CAGE) Can we rely on historical estimates of GDP to assess output and material welfare in the long run?  In the early days of modern economic quantification, Kuznets (1952: 16-17),...
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The mining sectors in Chile and Norway, ca. 1870-1940: the development of a knowledge gap
Kristin Ranesta d is a post-doc at University of Olso New EHES working paper Chile and Norway are two ‘natural resource intensive economies’, which have had different development trajectories, yet are closely similar in industrial structure and geophysical ...
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