The 2009 Economic History Association Meetings
Hosted by University of Arizona
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort Tucson
September 11-13, 2009
Richard Steckel, President Elect
“Human Welfare: Measurement, Analysis and Interpretation”
The Program Committee—Michael Haines, Colgate University (Chair); Jeremy Atack, Vanderbilt University; Brooks Kaiser, Gettysburg College; and Trevon Logan, Ohio State University—welcomes proposals for individual papers, as well as for entire sessions. Papers should in all cases be works in progress rather than accepted or published work. Submitters have a responsibility to let the program committee know if the proposed paper has been submitted for publication. Submissions for entire sessions should include no more than 3 papers and each proposal should be submitted separately. The committee reserves the right to determine which papers will be included in those sessions that are accepted.
As is the rule, papers on all subjects in economic history are welcome, but a number of sessions will be devoted to the theme "Human Welfare: Measurement, Analysis and Interpretation."
The ultimate goal of economic historians is to illuminate the evolution of human welfare. This year’s theme promotes efforts to unify and to find common denominators in diverse approaches to understanding this central aspect of our past. Measurement is a central concern, even in modern studies of this complex subject. Among the issues to consider are the variety of approaches and how they compare. What was the contribution of improvements in health? Of emancipation or freedom? Of the right to vote? Of moderating the business cycle, or reducing bank failures? Can we estimate the social cost of inequality or crime, and of war, epidemics and other calamities? Of consumer surplus from trade? By how much did technological change improve welfare by making home and market production, as well as travel, easier and safer? What was the cost of isolation, or alternatively the benefit of cheap communication? What are the counterfactuals most suitable for addressing these types of questions? Of course, these ideas are merely suggestions, and we have at our disposal a growing array of economic theories and empirical methods to estimate how "progress" translates into human welfare.
Papers and session proposals should be submitted online at: http://www.ehameeting.com/submissions. Paper proposals should include a 3-5 page précis and a 150-word abstract suitable for publication in the Journal of Economic History. The due date is January 31, 2009.
Graduate students are encouraged to attend and the Association offers subsidies for travel, hotel, registration, and meals, including a special graduate student dinner. A poster session welcomes work from dissertations in progress (application due date April 30, 2009.
The dissertation session convened by John Murray (University of Toledo) and Steven Broadberry (University of Warwick, UK) will honor six dissertations completed during the 2008-2009 academic year. The submission deadline is May 31, 2009. The Alexander Gerschenkron and Allan Nevins prizes will be awarded to the best dissertation on non-North American and North American topics.
For further information, check http://eh.net/eha/, which also includes information on travel options to Tucson, the EHA meetings page (www.ehameeting.com), or contact Meetings Coordinator Jari Eloranta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appalachian State University, Department of History
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