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International Macro History Online Seminar Series

The International Macroeconomic History Online Seminar Series, jointly organised by the Graduate Institute's Centre for Finance and Development, Centre for Economic Policy Research and a consortium of numerous other universities and institutions from around the world, aims to keep the flow of intellectual debate active and to bring macroeconomic history topics to an interested public on a regular basis.

Register on Zoom for the Fall 2022 programme

The fall 2022 sessions of the International Macro History Online Seminar will run from 31 August to 7 December 2022 and will take place virtually, bi-weekly on Wednesdays at 17:00 (Geneva time). The seminars will run for 60 minutes with an extra optional 15 minutes for further discussion.

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    The International Macroeconomic History Online Seminar Series, jointly organised by the Graduate Institute's Centre for Finance and DevelopmentCentre for Economic Policy Research and a consortium of numerous other universities and institutions from around the world, aims to keep the flow of intellectual debate active and to bring macroeconomic history topics to an interested public on a weekly basis.

    A virtual format has important advantages, namely, by abolishing physical constraints, so we can have more participants joining in from compatible time zones than the conventional seminars. This is good for the presenters, who are exposed to a broader audience and also for the audience, who can choose to attend seminar series closer to their own research interests. This advantage is greater for specialized sub-disciplines. This is the reason why we launched a seminar in macro history. Finally, co-ordinating a joint seminar series provides economies of scale in time use.


    • 9 February 2022: The Journey of Humanity, Oded Galor (Brown University and CEPR)
    • 16 February 2022: The Short- and Long-Run Effects of Affirmative Action. Evidence from Imperial China, Melanie Meng Xue (LSE) and Boxiao Zhang (UCLA)
    • 23 February 2022: Taxation in Africa from Colonial Times to the Present. Evidence from Former French Colonies 1900-2018, Denis Cogneau (Paris School of Economics), Yannick Dupraz (University College Dublin), Justine Knebelmann (Paris School of Economics) and Sandrine Mesplé-Somps (Paris School of Economics)
    • 2 March 2022: The Rise of the Engineer: Inventing the Professional Inventor During the Industrial Revolution, Walker Hanlon (Northwestern University)
    • 9 March 2022: The Rise and Fall of Global Currencies Over Two Centuries, Roger Vicquéry (Banque de France)
    • 16 March 2022: Superstar Returns, Moritz Schularick (Bonn University and CEPR), Francisco Amaral (Bonn University), Martin Dohmen (Bonn University) and Sebastian Kohl (MPIfG Cologne)
    • 23 March 2022: Trade, Financial Development, and Inequality: Evidence from US Railroads in the 19th Century, Dheeraj Chaudhary (University of Maryland)
    • 30 March 2022: The Rise of Fiscal Capacity, Davide Cantoni (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and CEPR), Cathrin Mohr (Bonn University) and Matthias Weigand (Harvard)
    • 6 April 2022:  Bourbon Reforms, State Capacity in the Spanish Empire, Felipe Valencia Caicedo (University of British Columbia and CEPR), Luis Roberto Martinez (University of Chicago), Leopoldo Fergusson (Universidad de los Andes), Giorgio Chiovelli (Universidad de Montevideo) and Juan David Torres (Stanford University)
    • 13 April 2022: Riding the Bubble or Taken for a Ride? Investors in the British Bicycle Mania, Will Quinn (Queen’s University Belfast) and John Turner (Queen’s University Belfast)
    • 20 April 2022: Easter break
    • 27 April 2022: The Colonial Origins of Banking Crises in Africa, Lisa D. Cook (Michigan State University), Linguère Mously Mbaye (African Development Bank), Janet Gerson (University of Michigan) and Anthony Simpasa (African Development Bank)
    • 4 May 2022: The Economic Consequences of the Opium War, Wolfgang Keller (University of Colorado and CEPR) and Carol Shiue (University of Colorado and CEPR)
    • 22 September 2021: For Whom the Bell Curve Tolls: Genetics and Social Life in England, 1670-2021, Greg Clark (UC Davis and CEPR)
    • 29 September 2021: The Smoot-Hawley Trade War, Kirsten Wandschneider (University of Vienna and CEPR), Kris Mitchener (Santa Clara University and CEPR) and Kevin O’Rourke (NYU Abu Dhabi and CEPR)
    • 6 October 2021: The Columbian Exchange and Conflict in Asia, Mark Dincecco (Michigan University), James Fenske (University of Warwick) and Anil Menon (University of Michigan)
    • 13 October 2021: National Banks and the Local Economy, Chenzi Xu (Stanford University)
    • 20 October 2021: Public Health Shocks and Product Pricing Behavior: Evidence from Life Insurance during the 1918-19 Influenza Pandemic, Gustavo Cortes (University of Florida) and Gertjan Verdickt (KU Leuven)
    • 27 October 2021: Where is Capital?, Emma Rothschild (Harvard University)
    • 3 November 2021: From Pluribus to Unum? The Civil War and Imagined Sovereignty in 19th Century America, Melissa M. Lee (Princeton University) Nan Zhang (Mannheim Center for European Social Research) and Tilmann Herchenröder (Princeton University)
    • 10 November 2021: Comparative European Institutions and the Little Divergence, 1385-1800, Antonio Castro Henriques (Universidade do Porto) and Nuno Palma (University of Manchester, Universidade de Lisboa and CEPR)
    • 17 November 2021: Technology Adoption and Productivity Growth: Evidence from Industrialization in France, Reka Juhasz (Columbia University), Mara P. Squicciarini (Bocconi University) and Nico Voigtländer (UCLA)
    • 24 November 2021: Break
    • December 2021: Loans for the Little Fellow: Credit, Crisis, and Recovery in the Great Depression, Sarah Quincy (Vanderbilt University)
    • 8 December 2021: Welfare Reform and Repression in an Autocracy: Bismarck and the Socialists, Felix Kersting (Humboldt University)
    • 15 December 2021: Inflation and Individual Investors' Behavior: Evidence from the German Hyperinflation, Fabio Braggion (Tilburg University and CEPR), Felix Meyerinck (University of St. Gallen), Nic Schaub (WHU)
    • 17 February 2021: The Great Demographic Reversal: Ageing Societies, Waning Inequality, and an Inflation Revival, Charles Goodhart and Manoj Pradhan
    • 24 February 2021: It Takes Money to Make MPs: New Evidence from 150 Years of British Campaign Spending, Julia Cagé and Edgard Dewitte 
    • 3 March 2021: Why is Europe Less Unequal than the United States?, Thomas Blanchet, Amory Gethin and Lucas Chancel
    • 10 March 2021: Selective Default Risk: Evidence from the German Default of the 1930s, Olivier Accominotti, Thilo Albers and Kim Oosterlinck
    • 17 March 2021: The Economic Impact of the Black Death, Remi Jedwab, Noel Johnson and Mark Koyama
    • 24 March 2021: State Capacity and the Rise and Fall of Serfdom in Europe, Tracy Dennison
    • 31 March 2021: Blowing Against the Wind? A Narrative Approach to Central bank Foreign Exchange Intervention, Alain Naef
    • 7 April 2021: Spring Break
    • 14 April 2021: Hollowing out the State: Franchise Expansion and Fiscal Capacity in Colonial India, Pavithra Suryanarayan
    • 21 April 2021: The Real Effects of Bank Runs. Evidence from the French Great Depression (1930-1931), Eric Monnet, Angelo Riva and Stefano Ungaro
    • 28 April 2021: Banking Crises Interventions, 1290-2018, Andrew Metrick and Paul Schmelzing
    • 5 May 2021: Assignats or Death: Inflationary Finance in Revolutionary France, Bryan Cutsinger, Joshua Ingber and Louis Rouanet
    • 12 May 2021: The Economic Consequences of Sir Robert Peel: A Quantitative Assessment of the Repeal of the Corn Laws, Doug Irwin and Maksym Chepeliev

    Find below the recordingspapers and slides of the Fall 2020 sessions.

    Recordings of the fall 2020 sessions