The sixty-first Annual Meeting of the Economic History Association will be held at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel (www.loewshotels.com) 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, September 14-16, 2001. Richard Sylla (New York University), President, announced the Theme: "Finance and Economic Modernization." Some historians have established that leading economies-the Dutch Republic and England, for example-had "financial revolutions" before they became leading economies and great powers. Others have argued that banks and banking systems in particular have exerted strong influences on economic modernization. Economists looking at the recent history of economic development also find that countries with more developed financial systems grow faster and attain higher levels of per capita income. But just how strong is the finance-modernization nexus? And how confident are we that causality runs from good financial arrangements to economic modernization, rather than the reverse? Can some types of financial development be detrimental to economic stability and growth? Construing financial systems broadly to include monetary and banking arrangements, other financial intermediaries, central banking, securities markets, and public (or governmental) finances, the 2001 Economic History Association Meetings theme encourages fresh examinations of relationships between financial developments and economic modernization throughout history. To reflect the wide range of economic historians' interests, proposals for papers and sessions not related to this theme are also welcome.
Proposals for papers should be submitted online at www.eh.net/EHA. (Those without internet access should contact the program committee for an alternate method.) The proposal must include a 150-word abstract and a longer 3-to-5-page summary. A draft of the paper would be welcome. Proposals must include the full name, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and email address of all authors. The committee also welcomes proposals for entire sessions. Session proposals must include abstracts and summaries of each paper. The committee reserves the right to accept some papers from a proposed session and reject others, and to assign papers to different sessions. The deadline for submissions is Monday, January 29, 2001. Notices of acceptance or rejection will be sent to the individual paper givers by March 30, 2001.
Hugh Rockoff (Co-chair)
Department of Economics
75 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick NJ 08901-5055
Angela Redish (Co-chair)
Bank of Canada
234 Wellington Street
Canada K1A 0G9
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