Accounting resources for Economic and Financial History (19th and 20th c)

Call for a 2021 pre-session World Economic History Congress
Paris and online, 18th and 19th June

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Additional information and deadlines:

31th January, 2021: extended abstract of their paper (not exceeding one page) to pierre.labardin@dauphine.psl.eu28th February 2021: decision of the organizers
30th May 2021: submission of a full paper
18th and 19th June 2021: pre-session online and in Paris
July 2022: World Economic History Congress in Paris

 

Organizers

Jan Annaert, University of Antwerp
Pierre Labardin, Paris-Dauphine
Cheryl McWatters, University of Ottawa
Angelo Riva, European Business School and Paris School of Economics

Price Currents, Financial Information and Market Transparency – Web Seminar

The seminar on stock exchange price currents originally planned to take place in Amsterdam on 27 November 2020 will now take place in webformat with the following programme:

Seminar 1, Friday 27 November 2020, 15.30-17.30 hrs

1. Peter Solar, ‘Prices: Sources, Problems, Solutions’
2. Tony Moore (University of Reading), ‘The precursors of price currents – mercantile correspondence in the later Middle Ages’
3. Stephan Köhler (Mannheim University), ‘The price of money. Interest rates in medieval sources: Examples from Tirol 1287-1406’

Seminar 2, Friday 4 December 2020, 15.30-17.30 hrs

4. Frans Buelens and Johan Poukens (Antwerp University), ‘Stock exchange regulation, price quotation and the official lists of the stock exchanges of Brussels and Antwerp, 1840-1914’
5. Jérémy Ducros and Angelo Riva (PSE), ‘Competition and information, the Paris financial center in the 19th century’
6. Frederic Steinfeld (Goethe University, Frankfurt), ‘The controllability of financial publications: balance manipulation, hidden reserves and dividend smoothing in the German chemical industry around 1900’

Seminar 3, Friday 11 December 2020, 15.30-17.30 hrs

7. Angelo Riva (PSE), ‘The Milan and Genoa Stock Exchanges: official and private lists’
8. Mika Vaihekoski (Turku School of Economics), ‘Revisiting Index Methodology for Thinly Traded Stock Market: the Helsinki Stock Exchange’
9. TBA: David Chambers or Van Bochove, Gelderblom & Jonker

All meetings will take place via Zoom. Colleagues wishing to attend should send an email to Joost Jonker, joost.jonker@iisg.nl, so as to be given the access codes and password for each meeting.

EURHISFIRM colleagues awarded grant to build Dutch financial history data (NEDHISFIRM)

EURHISFIRM colleagues professor Abe de Jong (Monash University and Erasmus University) and professor Joost Jonker (University of Amsterdam/IISG) have been awarded a Call Digital Infrastructure SSH grant launched by the Platform Digital Infrastructure SSH (https://pdi-ssh.nl). The project, called NEDHISFIRM and led by professor Herman de Jong (Univ. of Groningen), will collect Dutch corporate and stock exchange data (1796-1980) and conduct related research activities.

 

The grant significantly supports the expansion of the national datasets that EURHISFIRM creates within the European research infrastructure.

 

According to professor Herman de Jong, “NEDHISFIRM fills the rapidly growing demand for digital corporate information from economists and economic historians. The database can be used by academics for teaching material and research, but is also interesting for financial and business journalists, as well as other economic data providers such as Datastream, Orbis, or the GF Database” (source: https://www.rug.nl/feb/news/current/200608-herman-de-jong-receives-grant-for-database?lang=en).

 

For more information, please see: 

https://pdi-ssh.nl/en/2020/06/funded-projects-2020-call/

https://www.rug.nl/feb/news/current/200608-herman-de-jong-receives-grant-for-database?lang=en

40th Conference of the Portuguese Economic and Social History Association

Economic and Social History: Past, Present and Future

Nova School of Business and Economics, Carcavelos Campus
20-21 November 2020

  

The Portuguese Association of Economic and Social History turns 40 and the date is a good motive to assess the evolution of this academic field and its prospects. Economic and Social History changed deeply between 1980 and 2020. Throughout this period, the discipline has progressively expanded its research interests beyond the old macro-narratives centred on economic growth or the concepts of social class or status. Although these topics continue to be well alive, the agenda of Economic and Social History has expanded to include new dimensions: institutions, education, inequality, firms, gender or ethnic groups. Thanks to this process, the discipline has established links with other academic disciplines or approaches, such as economics, sociology, anthropology, environmental studies or cultural history. Due to the open nature of the subject of this year’s conference, we invite all researchers in economic and social history to submit proposal for panels or individual papers on the topics they are currently developing, thus showcasing the thematic richness that defines this academic field today. As is usual in APHES’ conferences, proposal or panels on any historical period are accepted.

Paper proposals should include 4 keywords, an abstract (max. 500 words) indicating the topic, the aims, the theoretical approach and the empirical foundations; and a CV of 300-400 words. Panel proposals should include the same information for each participant and paper. They should include three papers and a chair for each proposed panel.

 

Timeline:

Deadline for submission of proposals: until 20 April 2020

Confirmation of accepted proposals: until 1 June 2020

Deadline for submission of full texts: until 21 September 2020

Proposals and full texts should be sent to: aphes40@gmail.com

 

Keynote speaker

Stephen Broadberry, Professor of Economic History at the University of Oxford

https://www.economics.ox.ac.uk/faculty/stephen-noel-broadberry

 

Grants for students

Grants that cover registration costs are available for students. More information at:

http://www.aphes.pt/images/RegBolsas.pdf

Deadline for applications: 6 October, 2020. To be sent to: aphes40@gmail.com

 

APHES Prize 2020

A prize will be awarded to the best paper of a young researcher presented at the Meeting. See the Regulation at:

https://www.aphes.pt/index.php/premio/premio-aphes/regulamento. Applications should equally be sent to:

aphes40@gmail.com

 

Scientific Committee

Maria Eugénia Mata (Nova School of Business and Economics) – President

Álvaro Garrido (FEUC, Coimbra)

Inês Amorim (FLUP, Porto)

Joaquim da Costa Leite (DEGEI – UA, Aveiro)

Margarida Sobral Neto (FLUC, Coimbra)

Teresa Silva Lopes (University of York, UK)

Carlos Gabriel Guimarães (UFF – RJ, Brazil)

Helder Adegar Fonseca (DHUE, Évora)

 

Organising Committee

Luciano Amaral (Nova School of Business and Economics)

Graça Almeida Borges (CIDEHUS, U. Évora)

Álvaro Ferreira da Silva (Nova School of Business and Economics)

 

More information soon.

Call for Papers: Price Currents, Financial Information and Market Transparency

Workshop Amsterdam, 27 November 2020

What’s the relationship between changing price information flows and evolving market structures? Jointly organized by EURHISFIRM and NEHA, this workshop focuses on price currents and other types of public and private price information. What do such publications tell us about the markets they served, the stocks listed, the terms and conditions of trade, and the individual market’s degree of transparency? What do differences across Europe tell us about the character of national markets?

The workshop is intended as a preparation for a full session on these issues at the World Economic History Conference in Paris, 2021. Those interested to present are asked to send an abstract of no more than 250 words to joost.jonker@iisg.nl. Participants will have to provide their own funding for travel and accomodation.

Deadline for submitting proposals 1 June 2020

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Call for papers : FRESH conference – Paris, 29 April 2020

On 29 April 2020 the Paris School of Economics will host a Frontier Research in Economic and Social History meeting (FRESH). FRESH meetings aim at gathering researchers to present their ongoing research at an early stage, and discuss them with peers, in a friendly environment.

The Paris meeting will be hosted and financed by the Center for Economic and Social History François Simiand of Paris School of Economics. It will be especially addressed to young researchers working at the interaction of business and economic history and linking these aspects to issues in international political economy and international economic relations, from the nineteenth to the twenty first centuries.

The keynote speaker will be Professor Leslie Hannah, emeritus professor at the London School of Economics and at the University of Tokyo. Professor Hannah will present his research on the largest UK manufacturing employers of 1881, focusing on the determinants of whether they listed and their choices among 26 UK stock exchanges.

Proposals using a wide range of different methodologies are welcomed. We especially welcome submissions dealing with topics such as (but not limited to):

  • Global firms in a globalizing world
  • International financial credit to industry and firms
  • Relationships between banks and industry
  • Relationship between firms and state and non-state actors (associations, supra-national organizations)
  • Firms’ governance and organization
  • Global circulation of techniques and managerial practices
  • Firms’ survival during global crises

PhD students and new researchers are especially encouraged to submit their work.

To be considered, each prospective participant should submit a two-page proposal and a brief academic CV (in Word or PDF format) to fresh.2020.pse@gmail.com by 14 February 2020. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 29 February 2020.

There will be at least three bursaries to help PhD students to cover the costs of travel and accommodation. Further information on how to apply for these will be made available to successful applicants.

REMINDER: Conference: New Perspectives on Interwar Financial and Banking Crises

Paris, Monday, June 29, 2020 to Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The recent global financial crisis has sparked renewed interest in the interwar financial and banking crises, particularly those associated with the Great Depression of the 1930s. This new wave of research has been supported by an unprecedented increase in the digitization of monetary and financial statistics as well as data on local economic activity and businesses. The digitisation of newspapers, central bank and parliamentary reports in several countries improves access to archival sources, opening new perspectives on the political economy of these crises.

Remarkable progress has been made in our understanding of domestic or international financial contagion (through interbank networks), as well as the real effects of banking crises.  However, this new wave of research has remained little comparative, and most of the work has focused on the contagion and consequences of the 1930-1931 banking troubles.

The first objective of this conference is to be truly comparative by bringing together researchers working on several countries. The second is to extend the scope of the analysis by considering the entire period between the two world wars. We are very interested in articles that attempt to explain the financial vulnerabilities of the early 1930s by examining the accumulation of risk (and the first financial crises) that started in the aftermath of the First World War. Third, the conference aims to examine the entire financial system, investigating the relationships between stock markets, banks and non-bank financial institutions (including public financial entities). Fourth, we also welcome papers that study how financial and banking systems were fixed in countries exiting crises.

More info: https://portal.cepr.org/new-perspectives-interwar-financial-and-banking-crises

Invitation to the Conference – New Perspectives on Interwar Financial and Banking Crises

Monday, June 29, 2020 to Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Meeting Venue: Paris

Full papers or extended abstracts (3 – 5 pages) by Monday 16 December 2019

The recent global financial crisis has sparked renewed interest in the interwar financial and banking crises, particularly those associated with the Great Depression of the 1930s. This new wave of research has been supported by an unprecedented increase in the digitisation of monetary and financial statistics as well as data on local economic activity and businesses. The digitisation of newspapers, central bank and parliamentary reports in several countries improves access to archival sources, opening new perspectives on the political economy of these crises.

Remarkable progress has been made in our understanding of domestic or international financial contagion (through interbank networks), as well as the real effects of banking crises. However, this new wave of research has remained little comparative, and most of the work has focused on the contagion and consequences of the 1930-1931 banking troubles.

The first objective of this conference is to be truly comparative by bringing together researchers working on numerous different countries. The second is to extend the scope of the analysis by considering the entire period between the two world wars. We are very interested in articles that attempt to explain the financial vulnerabilities of the early 1930s by examining the accumulation of risk (and the first financial crises) that started in the aftermath of the First World War. Third, the conference aims to examine the entire financial system, investigating the relationships between stock markets, banks and non-bank financial institutions (including public financial entities). Fourth, we also welcome papers that study how financial and banking systems were fixed in countries exiting crises.

 

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The achievements of WP3

EURHISFIRM Work Package 3.1 – Intellectual Property Related Issues

Progress as of 15./16. March 2019 – EURHISFIRM Meeting Wroclaw

The task of WP 3.1 is to identify relevant ownership and property rights in the context of the database project. This firstly includes an examination of potential rights persisting in the source materials which are to be used for the creation of the EURHISFIRM database. Secondly WP 3.1 will take a look at ownership rights in regard to the research outcome, i.e. mainly ownership and property rights in the final EURHISFIRM database. In terms of relevant legal areas unfair competition law might be of relevance, besides the obviously important intellectual property law. The objective of WP 3.1 is to propose policies for the handling of the identified issues to ensure compliance with the relevant legal rules.

The main challenges for WP 3.1 are the great variety of sources that might be used for the creation of the database and the fact that the project covers seven different countries and thus seven different jurisdictions. The variety of sources is challenging because a number of different intellectual property rights have to be considered. This is exacerbated by the diversity of the sources and their potential uses. Besides the copyright directives of the European Union the seven countries do not have any relevant common statutes. It is therefore challenging to rely on regulation for the identification and examination of potential issues with ownership and property rights.

To this point a preliminary flowchart for issues with intellectual property rights has been produced:

While no flowchart can provide an in-depth legal analysis, the presented preliminary chart may serve as a first look at potential policies for the processing of the source materials, i.e. of a corpus of materials. A more detailed analysis of the respective legal issues which are only indicated (if at all) in the flowchart will be provided in the final WP 3.1 report.

Furthermore a legal expertise in respect to the utilization of the “Handbuch der deutschen Aktiengesellschaften” in the German copyright context has been produced. This is of particular value since this handbook is one of the key sources for data on German stock corporations.

Apart from that relevant intellectual property rights have been preliminary identified. The most important ones are copyrights in literary works, database works and the sui generis rights of makers of databases. The subject matter of those rights are texts and the presentation of graphical illustration (literary works) and databases in the sense of the Database Directive[1]. In particular company yearbooks or stock exchange lists might be subject to a copyright or related rights protection.

In addition some national rights have been identified that also might be of relevance in the EURHISFIRM context, namely related rights in photographs and similarly manufactured products under German and copyrights in typographical arrangements under British copyright law.

The relevant act in respect to intellectual property law is the digitization of the source materials. In this process the source materials are inevitably reproduced (even if it is just for a brief moment in a computer RAM). Copyrights and related rights do however grant their holders the exclusive right to reproduce the protected subject matter. Besides the reproduction the right holders also have the exclusive right to make the protected subject matter available to the public. Thus generally a license of the right holder is necessary to process the data or to include protected subject matter in the final database.

It is key not only to identify the relevant copyrights and related rights that protect the source materials but also to take a look at whether or not some of the potential utilizations in the EURHISFIRM context fall into the scope of exceptions or limitations to copyright. If they would, a license would not be necessary. While there is barely any harmonization in this respect the new Digital Single Market Directive[2] (which is yet to be implemented in the national copyright laws) might be of interest in the context of the project, since it provides exceptions for text and data mining for scientific research.

In terms of unfair competition law the question is whether the digitization and further use of existing publications (which serve as source materials for the creation of the database) constitute an act of unfair competition vis-à-vis other publishers who already market the same or similar content. Due to basically no relevant harmonization in the field of unfair competition law on the EU level the examination of unfair competition issues is even more challenging than that of the IP related issues.

Nonetheless a solid groundwork for WP 3.1 has been established and can serve as the foundation for the final report. This report will identify and examine potential issues with ownership or property rights in depth and lay out policies to deal with them.

[1] Directive 96/9/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 1996 on the legal Protection of Databases, OJ L 77/20, 27.3.1996.

[2] Directive (EU) 2019/790 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2019 on Copyright and related Rights in the digital single Market and amending Directives 96/9/EC and 2001/29/EC, OJ L 130/92, 17.5.2019.