Announcing the Economic History sessions at the YSI Virtual Plenary

Dear YSI peeps,

We hope you are all excited for the YSI virtual plenary! It is two weeks of online fun, including top speakers from Joe Stiglitz to Yanis Varoufakis. But the most exciting part happens in the economic history group! We have an amazing programme full of presentations but also fun stuff, like a session about your economic history hero, a wiki-a-thon to write about your favourite woman in economic history that needs a page and a “speed dating” to meet other people working on economic history.

For the time; please refer directly to the program so you can directly have them in your local timezone!

Tuesday, 3 November – Discussion on the State of Field Report

A discussion about the important developments within the economic history field, books, papers and world events.
Moderated by Diego Castaneda

Thursday, 5 November – Economic History Working Group intro & Keynote

After a presentation of the faces behind the Economic History group, Eric Monnet from the Paris School of Economics will kick the plenary off with his keynote “Money, Banking, and Old-School Historical Economics” and will dive into the history of money, banking, and financial intermediation over the last twenty years. The speech will see how economic historians approach questions, between causality and narratives.
Moderated by Maylis Avaro

Thursday, 5 November – Your Economic Historian Hero

In this session, participants will have an open conversation about their economic historian heroes; economic history broadly defined (e.g. financial, social, cultural, business, etc…). The main objective of the session is to broaden our knowledge and awareness of different important contributors to the field, particularly those that might have been overlooked for different reasons.
Moderated by Sergio Castellanos-Gamboa

Tuesday, 10 November – Financial & Monetary history

What can history teach us about the mechanisms of money and credit? The four presentations of this session offers insights from different perspectives, from the High Medieval imaginary of the Jewish usurer to 20th C. offshore dollar markets.

Presentations by

  • Rasheed Saleuddin | The private credit machine, the Fed and the Crash of 1929
  • Robert Merges | The Rentiers' Revolution: The Offshore Dollar Market and the Roots of the Transnational Economy
  • Ismael Valverde-Ambriz | Structural Limitations for Monetary Policy in Mexico: 1920-1940
  • Oliver Braunschweig | Myths at the Origin of the Antisemitic Stereotype of the Jewish Usurer: Money and Credit

Moderated by Maylis Avaro

Wednesday, 11 November – LATAM economic history

The session focuses on different topics related to the economic history of the region with special focus on inequality.

Presentations by

  • Pilar Torres | Hidden Curriculum and Unvoiced Women in Economics. The Case of Colombian Economic History
  • Enrique de la Rosa-Ramos | Occupational Segregation by Gender in Mexico, 1870-1970
  • Guillermo Woo | Al otro lado el rio: The persistence of colonial spatial ethnic segregation on economic development and culture
  • Diego Castañeda | Life on the Edge: elites, wealth and inequality in Sonora, 1871-1910

Moderated by Sergio Castellanos-Gamboa and Diego Castaneda

Thursday, 12 November – Academic Speed Dating

Join the Economic History Working Group for a quick round of academic speed-dating. Circling through short one-on-one chat during which you and your partner share something about your work, you might just meet your next co-author!
Moderated by Alain Naef

Thursday, 12 November -Wiki-a-thon

Let's get together and edit Wikipedia to improve the representation of women economists and economic historians. Women in academia are underrepresented on Wikipedia. Marie Curie for a long time only had a Wikipedia entry on her husband’s page. This event is open to anyone, especially if you have never edited Wikipedia before and know nothing about it. The goal will be to create your very own page of a notable woman Economist on Wikipedia or improve an existing one. We can also edit something about your favourite topic in economics. No skills needed, come as you are.
Moderated by Alain Naef

Friday, 13 November – Economic history and institution

From Estonia, to Zimbabwe, through India, this session dives into what is at the heart of economic interactions: institutions. We will look at rainmaking rituals, cultivation, well-being and reputation. This session is a reflection of how institutions changed and evolved over time and space.

Presentations by

  • Tinashe Takuva | ‘Rains come from the gods!’: Anthropocene and the history of Rainmaking rituals in Zimbabwe, 1890-2020
  • Anna Bocharnikova | Retrospective Comparison Of Economic Well-Being: The Case Of Estonia And Finland
  • Soyra Gune | Long Run Impact of Indigo Cultivation in British India
  • Dylan Gyauch-Lewis | The Impact of US Reputational Effects on Changing Native American Best Response Strategies

Moderated by Alain Naef and Sergio Castellanos-Gamboa

Saturday, 14 November – The transformation of banking during the XX century

In the first decades of the XX century, banking history started gaining interest between the economic historians who wanted to understand the relationship between finance and the economy as a whole. First academic texts on the topic were published by British institutions in the 1930s (Crick and Wadsworth, 1936; Gregory, 1936). However, the field started gaining more relevance after the 1950’s (Cassis, 2016). In order to write a proper banking history, economic historians need to get involved with other sub-disciplines such as global history and political history.

Presentations by

  • Marc Adam | The rise of the U.S. banking system – from Kuhn, Loeb and Co. to the fall of Lehman
  • Zeliha Sayar | The state-owned banks during the Second World War: the case of Turkey
  • Victor Degorce | The Great Depression as a Saving Glut
  • Marco Molteni | Financial development gone wrong? Expansion and distress in Italy (1918-1936)
  • Giovanni Villavicencio | Commercial banking in Mexico: financialization and regulation

Moderated by Sergio Castellanos-Gamboa

Tuesday, 17 November – Project Brainstorm

Got something you are interested in or curious about? A question you’d like to explore further? Learn how you can turn that into a YSI Project in your Working Group. Join and flesh out your ideas (however big or small) with help from those who did it before.
Moderated by Maylis Avaro

All aboard the working group ship!