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Economic History Conference @ UdeSA

Economic History @ UdeSA Conference 2019

Buenos Aires, Argentina

May 23-24, 2019


Universidad de San Andrés (UdeSA, www.udesa.edu.ar) is pleased to host a two-day economic history conference in the spring (austral autumn) of 2019, organised by the Economics Department of UdeSA and sponsored by Banco Ciudad. It will feature papers on all subjects in economic history, have as keynote speakers Bob Margo (Boston University), Cormac Ó Gráda (University College Dublin) and Leandro Prados de la Escosura (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid), and include a round table discussion on Argentine economic history by Roberto Cortés Conde and Gerardo della Paolera.



The conference will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina at Universidad de San Andrés. On May 23rd it will take place in downtown Buenos Aires, and on May 24th on the main campus of the university, located in the neighborhood of Victoria:

May 23rd: Universidad de San Andrés at Downtown - Riobamba 1276, CABA.

May 24th: Universidad de San Andrés Campus – Vito Dumas 284, Victoria, Buenos Aires Province.


Attendance and registration

During the conference, there will be room for a limited number of visitors. If you want to attend, please send an e-mail containing your name, affiliation, and days you want to attend to Tamara Sulaque by 10 May 2019 at the latest. Attendance is free of charge.


Organizing committee

Mauricio Drelichman (UBC),

Carola Frydman (Northwestern University)

Tommy E. Murphy (UdeSA)


Program (draft) 

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Thursday May 23 (Downtown – CABA)


8.45–9.00         Opening words


9.00–10.20       Session 1

Mara Squicciarini (Bocconi), “Knowledge Elites and Modernization: Evidence from Revolutionary France”

Santiago Pérez (UC Davis), Southern (American) Hospitality: Italians in Argentina and the US during the Age of Mass Migration


10.20–10.35     Coffee break


10.35–12.05     Session 2

Eric Hilt (Wellesley College), Asymmetric Information, Liquidity and Corporate Finance: Evidence from the Introduction of Credit Ratings

Michela Giorcelli (UCLA), “Reconstruction Aid, Public Infrastructure, and Economic Development”


12.05–13:30     Lunch break


13:30–14:50     New Researchers Session

Fernando Arteaga (GMU), “The Historical Legacy of (Pre?)Colonial Indigenous Settlements in Mexico”

Gianluca Russo (BU), “Mass Media and Cultural Homogenization: Evidence from the Golden Age of Radio in the United States 1920-1940”


14:50–15:05     Coffee break


15.05–16:25     Session 3

Martín Wasserman (UBA-CONICET), “Actors, resources and economic interaction. The role of fiscal spending during the emergency of Buenos Aires (17th century)”

Martín Fiszbein (BU), Staple Products, Linkages, and Development: Evidence from Argentina


16:25–16:40     Coffee break


16:40–17:40     Roundtable

Roberto Cortés Conde (UdeSA) – Gerardo della Paolera (Fund. Bunge y Born), “New Economic History of Argentina: A Conversation with Roberto Cortés Conde and Gerardo della Paolera”

Chair: Javier Ortiz Batalla (Banco Ciudad)


17:40–18:00     Short break


18:00–19:00     Keynote speech

Leandro Prados de la Escosura (Carlos III), “Human Development in the Age of Globalisation”

Chair: Mauricio Drelichman (UBC)


20.00–22.00     Dinner


Friday May 24 (Campus UdeSA – Victoria)


8.15–9.30         Transportation to UdeSA Campus / light breakfast


9.30–10.30       Keynote speech

Cormac Ó Gráda (UCD), “A New View of the Industrial Revolution”

Chair: Tommy E. Murphy (UdeSA)


10.30–10.45     Coffee break


10.45–12.05     Session 4

Mattia Fochesato (U Basel), “Different local response to the Black Death: A comparison of wages and prices across the Mediterranean cities in the late Middle Age”

Amanda Guimbeau (Brandeis), The Brazilian Bombshell? The Long-Term Impact of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic the South American Way


12.05–13:30     Lunch break


13:30–14:50     Session 5

Paolo Vanin (U Bologna), “The Legacy of Historical Political Instability: Evidence for Europe”

Felipe Valencia Caicedo (UBC), “Trust Unraveled: The Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War”


14:50–15:05     Coffee break


15:05–16:25     Session 6

María del Pilar López-Uribe (U de los Andes), “Buying off the Revolution: Evidence from the Colombian National Peasant Movement, 1957-1985”

Christopher Kam (UBC), “The Economic Origins of Political Parties: Party slates at nineteenth-century parliamentary elections in England and Wales


16:25–16:40     Coffee break


16:40–17:40     Keynote speech

Bob Margo (BU), “Tasks and the Industrial Revolution”

Chair: Carola Frydman (Northwestern University)


18:00–19:00     Return downtown