Penn Economic History Forum

All meetings on Fridays from 2 pm to 4 pm unless otherwise noted.  All meetings in the History Department Lounge (CH209) with the exceptions (see below).   Queries to Dan Raff (

2019-2020 Schedule


Sept. 20: D'Maris Coffman, UCL Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management

"Financing the Rebuilding of London after the Great Fire of 1666” PDF available here


Nov. 8 Timothy Guinnane, Yale Economics,

"Creating a new legal form: The GmbH"

Please see the pre-circulated paper here. You can contact Dan Raff at or Walter Licht at for the password to view the document.


Dec. 6: Kathryn Hemphill, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

“Historical Perspectives on State and Federal Interventions Into Casualty Loss Insurance, 1870s to the Present”


Jan. 24: Kent Deng,

“From state resource allocation to a 'low-level equilibrium trap': Re-evaluation of economic performance of Mao's China, 1949-78”

This meeting in College Hall 205


Feb. 21 Margo Todd, Penn History,

"Financing Urban Poor Relief in Early Modern Scotland”


March 27 Stefan Link, Dartmouth History

“The Political Economy of Technology Transfers: States and Multinationals in the CXX” 

This meeting in College Hall 205


April 3: Sofya Salomatina, Moscow Lomonosov State University 

“Banking markets integration in the Russian Empire from the 1870s to 1910s”


April 17 Marc Flandreau, Penn History

"A Country is A Company: Foreign Debt Vultures, Venture Capitalists, and the Financial Origins of the 19th Century.


April 24: Martin Giradeau, Sciences Po Centre de Sociologie des Organisations

“The Invention of Entrepreneurship”


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