Conference Schedule

The conference is held at the University of Economics, Prague, Žižkov Campus, located at W. Churchill Sq. 4, Prague 3.

The key-note speech is held in RB 212 in Rajská budova (Paradise building).

Sessions are held in NB 169 in Nová budova (New building, denoted as NB). The coffee breaks are held in adjacent room.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Welcome address by Miroslav Zajicek
(University of economics, Prague)

Session 1: Financial markets and financial crises

(Chair: Mikolaj Malinowski)

Piotr Lozowski (University of Bialystok):
Credit market as an indicator of economic growth in Warsaw in the 15th and beginning of the 16th century

Matthias Morys (University of York):
Any lessons for today? Exchange-rate stabilisation in Greece and South-East Europe between economic and political objectives and fiscal reality, 1841–1939
Presentation here

Flora Macher (LSE):
No banks without states and no states without banks: the political origins of the Austrian and Hungarian crisis of 1931
Presentation here

Stefan Nikolic (University of York):
Financial Crises and International Financial Crisis Transmission in Eastern Europe during the European Financial Crisis of 1931
Presentation here


Session 2: Human capital

(Chair: Tamás Vonyó)

Joerg Baten (with Mikołaj Szołtysek and Monica Campestrini) (University of Tübingen):
"Girl Power” in Eastern Europe? The Human Capital Development of Central-Eastern and Eastern Europe in the Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries and Its Determinants
Presentation here

Tomáš Cvrček (with Miroslav Zajíček) (UCL, University of economics, Prague):
Demand for schooling and ethnic politics in Imperial Austria
Presentation here

Claudia Rei (Vanderbilt University):
Escaping the Holocaust: human and health capital of refugees to the United States, 1940–42
Presentation here

Coffee break

Session 3: Growth, living standards, and regional development

(Chair: Stefan Nikolic)

Levente Pakot (Hungarian Demographic Research Institute):
Infant and child mortality and vulnerability to economic stress in Western Hungarian rural parishes, 1828–1914
Presentation here

Tamas Vonyo (with Alex Klein) (Bocconi University, University of Kent, University of economics, Prague):
Why did Socialism fail? The role of factor inputs reconsidered
Presentation here

Social dinner

Saturday, July 2, 2016


Session 4: Culture, identity and politics (I)

(Chair: Jacob Weisdorf)

Christian Ochsner (ifo Institut – Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, University of Munich):
Between Hitler and Haider: Long-term impacts of Nazi migration in post-WWII Austria
Presentation here

Leonard Kukić (LSE)
The last Yugoslavs: ethnicity, identity and economic outcomes
Presentation here

Coffee break

Session 5: Culture, identity and politics (II)

(Chair: Miroslav Zajíček)

Christoph Eder (University of Innsbruck):
Economic origins of cultural norms: the case of animal husbandry and bastardy

Delcea Sergiu (Central European University):
Pro-urban welfare in agricultural countries? Nationalism and welfare state creation in Central and Eastern Europe: Hungary and Romania Compared
Presentation here


Session 5: Trade, markets and state formation

(Chair: Tomáš Cvrček)

Mikolaj Malinovski (University of Utrecht):
Freedom and decline: Polish state formation and rye market disintegration, 1500–1772
Presentation here

Cristina Victoria Radu (University of Southern Denmark):
The effect of maize cultivation on economic development. Evidence from Romania
Presentation here

Thilo R. Huning (with Fabian Wahl) (Humboldt University):
Observability of Soil Quality, State Capacity, and Political Fragmentation: The Monstrum Germanicum

Coffee break

Keynote lecture

James Robinson (University of Chicago):
Paths of State Building
Presentation here

Conference ends

Keynote speaker

James A. Robinson

University of Chicago

James Robinson is a University Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He was formerly the Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government at Harvard University. He studied economics at the London School of Economics, the University of Warwick and Yale University. He previously taught in the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne, the University of Southern California and before moving to Harvard was a Professor in the Departments of Economics and Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. His main research interests are in comparative economic and political development with a focus on the long-run with a particular interest in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently conducting research in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Haiti and in Colombia where he has taught for many years during the summer at the University of the Andes in Bogotá.

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