Self promotion

December 10, 2010

I’m trying to become a keen wikipedian. So here are the articles I’ve contributed to so far.

The bank of Scali

Institutional investors

Chronology of European banking (in French, article still not up to standards will be working on it).

The economy of Corsica (in French, already a few years old, should be updated).

Economic history (in French, section on proto-industry)


Hoffman, P., Postel-Vinay, G. and Rosenthal, J.-L. …and notaries never became bankers

December 9, 2010

Hoffman, Philip T., Gilles Postel-Vinay and Jean-Laurent Rosenthal (2001) Notaries, Banking and the Expansion of Credit in Old-Regime Paris, chapter 7 in Priceless Markets. The Political Economy of Credit in Paris, 1660-1870. University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London; p.136-176.

Some of the ideas developed in this chapter have been presented elsewhere, so this summary concentrates on the what’s new.

Evidence indicates that in the second quarter of the 18th century, some Parisian notaries were venturing away from the role of brokers between creditors and debtors they had acquired since the mid 1600s. In effect some of them were filling the position left empty by the absence of deposit banks (p.138). They were accepting interest-bearing deposits redeemable on demand and investing the money in different longer term assets such as bills of exchange, government debt and loans to individuals.

Moral hazards
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More on US public debt

May 25, 2010

Here’s an impressive infographic by the Chicago Tribune, on the national debt of the United States, 1940-2010.

Found via Visualizing Economics.

The socialist within

May 22, 2010

It’s Friday night in this side of the Western hemisphere, so, what the heck. I think you might find it funny. Here’s a bit of U. S. public debt history.

Does the average tea-party fan know better?

Found via The Big Picture.

Your weekly dose of AMHE news

May 14, 2010

All of these links are either in English or French. :)

–> News

Latest EHSANZ Newsletter

–> Events


Seminar “Past and present: from the Great Depression of the 20th  century to the Great Recession of the 21st century” Valencia, 13-14 May, 2010

Conference: ‘Distribution Networks for Textiles and Dress, c. 1700-1945’ (Wolverhampton, 8-9 sept. 2010)

Gide conference announcement (Paris, 27-29 May 2010)

–> Calls

CFP – SIGCIS History of Computing Workshop (Tacoma, Oct 3 2010),  Deadline 1 July

UK HET conference 2010 (Kingston upon Thames, 16-17 September 2010)

RFP: Looking for cooperation (COST program  Monetary Unions)

British Group in Early American History Annual Conference (Oxford, 9–12 September, 2010)

Call for papers: EAEPE Conference 2010 Methodology of Economics Research Area

Call for Papers: Symposium: Economics made fun in the face of the economic crisis

Call for Chapter Proposals: World Forest History – A New Book Series

CALL FOR PAPERS – Towards a global history of the consumer co-operative movement

Third European Congress on World and Global History (London, 14-17 April 2011)

–> Scholarships, prizes and job offers

Two Positions in Berlin

–> Publications

Complément à l’appel à contribution à un dictionnaire de comptabilité

Your weekly dosis of AMHE news

May 7, 2010

Disclaimer: Yes, we all know that both Ben and I have neglected this blog. It is time to catch up. But until we reach the lost momentum, you’ll have to live with our publishing choices. Now, on to some news, courtesy of the Mexican Economic History Association.


Newsletter, 1 de Mayo de 2010 de la AEHE [Spanish]

Boletim do Grupo de Pesquisa em História Econômica, História Quantitativa e Georreferenciada (abril de 2010) [Portuguese]


Escuela de Verano de Historia Económica (Montevideo, diciembre 2010) [Spanish]


Conferencia de Douglas Irwin “Currencies and Crises: How Spain Missed  the Great Depression” (Madrid, 11 de mayo 2010) [Spanish, English]

Conferencia “Tariffs in history” (Madrid, 13 y 14 de mayo 2010) [Spanish, English]


Segunda Circular, XXII Jornadas de Historia Economica de la AAHE (Rio  Cuarto, 21 al 24 de septiembre de 2010) [Spanish]

Scholarships, prizes and job offers

Temporary Position Teaching the History of Economic Thought [English]

Doctoral scholarships at Leeds University [English]


Marcelo Rougier (dir.) Estudios sobre la industria argentina. Políticas de promoción y estrategias empresariales 2 [Spanish]


NEP-HIS 2010-05-02, 22 papers [English]

Béguin K. (2005) Finance in times of uncertainty

January 16, 2010

Béguin, Katia (2005) La circulation des rentes constituées dans la France du XVIIe siècle. Une approche de l’incertitude économique. Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales, 60/5 : 1229-1244.

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