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” 


Nov. 8 Timothy Guinnane, Yale Economics,

"Creating a new legal form: The GmbH"


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: This meeting has been cancelled.


Feb. 21 Margo Todd, Penn History,

"Financing Urban Poor Relief in Early Modern Scotland”

Please see the paper here.


Per University instructions, the meetings below will not take place on the planned dates. We hope to reschedule in the future.


CANCELLED----March 27 Stefan Link, Dartmouth History

Business as Political Action: The Ford-GM Rivalry in the 1920's and the Limits of 'Embeddedness'

This meeting in College Hall 205


CANCELLED----April 3: Sofya Salomatina, Moscow Lomonosov State University 

Commercial banking in the Russian Empire in 1860-1913: development and markets integration


April 17 Peter Temin, MIT

"Inclusive American Economic History: Containing Slaves, Freedmen, Jim Crow Laws, and the Great Migration."

Please find the paper here.


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

“The Invention of Entrepreneurship”


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