General Assembly in Wrocław (15-16 March, 2019)

The General Assembly was held at the Wrocław University of Economics, Friday – Saturday, 15 – 16. March 2019.

During the meeting, the activity of individual teams was summarized and plans for the future were presented. Each WP Team has presented its achievements. There was also the Project Advisory Board annual meeting.

The external guests participated the meeting (experts in fields relevant to the EURHISFIRM project) came from Portugal, Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Germany and France.

The related report for the General Assembly is available here.

The meeting was accompanied by media.  The head of WP2 Team, Prof. Krzysztof Jajuga, in interview for TVP Wrocław was talking about EURHISFIRM Project as whole.

EHES 2019 Congress 29th-31st August, 2019

The thirteenth European Historical Economics Society Conference will be held at the Paris School of Economics, Thursday – Saturday, 29 – 31. August 2019.

The Conference Programme Committee invites proposals for sessions and individual papers on any aspect of European or global economic history covering a wide range of periods, countries and regions.

In order to allow as many scholars as possible to participate, each participant will be limited to give only one presentation (he/she can also be a co-author in other papers presented at the conference, as long as another co-author participates and presents each of these paper).

The Society encourages submissions from young scholars. There will be at least 10 bursaries of € 300-400 each to help PhD students cover the costs of travel and accommodation. Further details will be available soon on the Conference website: https://ehes2019.sciencesconf.org/

The 2019 EABH annual meeting – invitation

We would like to invite you to the 2019 EABH annual meeting which will be kindly hosted by the Bank of Russia in St. Petersburg on 20 and 21 June 2019.

The conference which will look into ’The Development of Financial Markets’ will take place on Thursday, 20 June 2019 and the archival workshop presenting ‘Minting History’ will be held on Friday, 21 June 2019.

The Call for Papers for both days are online respectively at: 

http://bankinghistory.org/wp-content/uploads/eabh_2019FMCfP.pdf  and

http://bankinghistory.org/wp-content/uploads/eabh_2019MHCfP.pdf

 

We would like to encourage all of you to submit your work if you see it fit within the theme of conference and/ or workshop. Further you are kindly invited to extend the invitation to submit to your colleagues and peers.

Detailed conference information is available here: http://bankinghistory.org/events

 

Please register : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/2019-eabh-annual-meeting-tickets-56101510127 

For any questions or support with HOTEL, please be in touch with Gabriella: g.massaglia@bankinghistory.org

Here: http://bankinghistory.org/wp-content/uploads/eabh_2019Visa.pdf you will find important information regarding VISA application. Please contact Eugenia Grigoryeva, Bank of Russia at griogrevaep@mailcbr.ru for further assistance.

 

The General Members Meeting will take place on Friday, 21 June 2019 at 09.30.

A New Data Hub For Financial Research: DFIH (Data for Financial History)

On Thursday, 13 December 2018, the research group DFIH (Data for Financial history) at the Ecole d’Economie de Paris/Paris School of Economics will hold the conference A New Data Hub For Financial Research: DFIH (Data for Financial History). The group will present the projects and the current progress on building comprehensive databases on historical French securities traded in the French markets since 1796. The projects aim to improve the current lack of empirical work in historical financial data that are crucial to better understand and find solutions to global financial crises as witnessed in the latest crash ten years ago.

 

The next day (Friday, 14 December 2018) follows-up with a separate but connected event, the 8th EURHISTOCK Workshop. As in Madrid (2009), Cambridge (2010), Paris (2011), Bonn (2012), Antwerp (2013), Cambridge (2015), Belfast (2016), the 8th edition of the EURHISTOCK workshop aims at providing a meeting point for financial and economic historians as well as financial economists interested in the long-term changes of European financial markets.
The workshop is jointly organized by the Paris School of Economics and the European Business School-Paris.

 

For registrations, please follow this link. For further information, please contact Monique-Alice Tixeront (monique-alice.tixeront@psemail.eu).

Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The Research Center SAFE and the Institute for Banking and Financial History (IBF) are jointly organizing  and cordially invite you to submit a paper for the

Workshop for Young Scholars on

Financial History –
Reflection on the Past to Tackle Today’s Key Finance Questions

with Prof. Barry Eichengreen (University of California, Berkeley),
on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the IBF

to be held on 16 May 2019
at Goethe University Frankfurt

The Research Center SAFE and the Institute for Banking and Financial History (IBF) are jointly organizing a workshop for young scholars on “Financial History – reflections on the past to tackle today’s key finance questions”, which will be held in Frankfurt am Main on 16 May 2019.

The workshop aims to bring together young scholars working on financial history topics relevant to today’s key finance questions such as financial crisis, market movements and effects of regulation, financial innovation, features and function of financial systems etc. The workshop is headed by Prof. Barry Eichengreen, holder of the Goethe University Visiting Professorship of Financial History in 2019, who will provide feedback to the selected papers.  The participants of the workshop will also be invited to attend the conference organized by Prof. Barry Eichengreen on “High Public Debt: Theoretical and Historical Perspectives”. The conference will take place on the following day (17 May 2019) at Goethe University.

Complete manuscripts or 3-page drafts should be submitted on the website no later than 28 October 2018. We will acknowledge receipt of submission and the authors of accepted papers will be notified by 1st December 2018.

For program participants, accommodation and travel expenses (up to a certain limit) will be covered. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Stephanie Collet .

Conveners
Prof. Carsten Burhop (University of Bonn)
Dr. Stephanie Collet (Research Center SAFE and Goethe University Frankfurt)
Prof. Barry Eichengreen (University of California, Berkeley)

Scientific Committee
Prof. Carsten Burhop (University of Bonn)
Dr. Stephanie Collet (Research Center SAFE and Goethe University Frankfurt)
Prof. Barry Eichengreen (University of California, Berkeley)
Prof. Moritz Schularick (University of Bonn)
Prof. Jan Pieter Krahnen (Research Center SAFE and Goethe University Frankfurt)
Prof. Reinhard H. Schmidt (Goethe University Frankfurt)

Meeting

The “Frankfurt-group” of the EURHISFIRM project advisory board will meet on Thursday, 13 September at 16h00 CET, with invitations also extended to the rest of the advisory board members. The “Frankfurt-group” (members who are connected to Frankfurt or Germany) focuses on EURHISFIRM issues especially relevant to Central Europe (Germany [especially Frankfurt], Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, and possibly Poland).

Motivation

The recent financial crisis led the world into what is now called the Great Recession, in reference to the Great Depression of the 1930s. Economic recovery is still nascent in some parts of Europe. Shortcomings in the working of capital markets undermined corporate investment and spread unemployment. Hence, they rose inequalities, harmed well-being of citizens, and built mistrust vis-àvis decision makers and scientists. These fallouts affected society’s innovation and openness. The European Commission has identified investment, growth, and creation of jobs as the key objectives of its agenda. To reach these objectives, it brings forward further policy initiatives such as the EU capital markets union to improve access to capital for businesses, especially SMEs.

The European Commission has identified sound scientific evidence as a key element of policy-making at all levels of the European process. Yet, the European huge research potential in social sciences has not been entirely realised due to a lack of empirical works. The weak empirical foundations of the analytical models used to analyse structural and cyclical changes has become obvious in the fierce debate among scholars following the financial crisis. One of the main reasons for this shortcoming is the scarcity of detailed historical high-quality firm level data for Europe available to test these models, which are crucial to understand the interactions between financial, economic, and social evolutions. This scarcity is particularly glaring at the European level: policy for the future must be aware of both the dynamics inherited from the past and the directions these dynamics are structuring the present.

The “Big data” revolution in historical social sciences will bring crucial progress in and fundamental revisions of current knowledge of the EU economy. The scaling-up in both variety and size of available historical high-quality economic and financial data for Europe has the potential for a major epistemological rupture. On the one hand, datasets are usually build to test models and bring answers to specific questions, but in the new paradigm trends and patterns in the data will emerge due to data mining techniques independently from preliminary research questions: History is a boundless natural laboratory for a host of economic and financial experiences. On the other hand, the building of historical “born-on-paper” big data – as opposite to “born-digital” data – represent a unique occasion to bring down barriers not only between social sciences but also between social and “hard sciences” in the context of interdisciplinary digital humanities.

USA has been investing enormous resources to build and link databases suited for research over the long run. The Collaborative for Historical Information and Analysis (CHIA) links academic and research institutions to sustain a Human System Data Resource, connecting variables to analyze many areas of human experience. The Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) provides the user with one location to access over 250 terabytes of data across multiple disciplines including accounting, banking, economics, healthcare, insurance and marketing. The Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP), the most widely used database in finance, contains prices and dividends for shares listed on the New York Stock Exchange since 1926. A Google Scholar search on scientific papers that have used CRSP data returns nearly 46,000 hits including many papers by Nobel prizes. But the use of US data precludes any understanding of the features of the European economy. Because of the USA’s dominant position in data production, American companies are frequently and implicitly deemed “representative” or “the norm”. Lessons are consequently drawn from their behaviour that are supposed to be applicable everywhere, generating many biases.

Today, only a very few large stand-alone databases have been built so far on Europe by both academic community (e.g. the London Share Prices Database of the London Business School) and private companies (e.g. the US Datastream), without any concern for interoperability. Within the academia, considerable resources have been devoted to data building, very often with the aim to study very specific issues. Such datasets are without any systematic comparative or diachronic analytic purpose and have no concept for cumulativity or sustainability. Hence, it is nearly impossible to compare the existing fragmented datasets. Moreover, a continuing access is not guaranteed, the data dissemination being often left at discretion of these individuals. Consequently, with no permanent infrastructure that cares about harmonization and access, these data are in most of the cases lost to the community.

On the other hand, the very few historical series that are contained in some commercial databases are sometimes unsuitable for research, but daily used by business and academia. They can give rise to serious errors, because they are poorly documented and flawed because based on easy-to-find but inappropriate sources. The building of such data requires sharp interdisciplinary skills, some of which are specific to a country, or even to a region, because of the heterogeneity of historical business rules and practises. These peculiarities call for an ad hoc Research Infrastructure (RI) able to connect to other already existing ones.