The Money, Numbers, and Power Series features alternating biweekly reading groups and practitioner seminars on the topic of economic history. The series provides workshop support and resources for historians seeking to improve their fluency with economic, quantitative, and financial concepts.
Money, Numbers, and Power Series
Organizers: Nicholas Mulder and Madeline Woker
Sponsors: History in Action (HIA) program at Columbia University’s History Department and the Young Scholars Initiative (YSI) of the Institute for New Economic Thinking
The series starts January 29 and ends April 22 (12 weeks, excluding one week of spring break without a seminar) and consists of two interlocking parts.
• Biweekly reading group (6 in total) every other Friday for students, in the afternoon 1.30-3.30pm (Coffee and cookies will be served) (Fayerweather 513)
• Biweekly speakers’ seminar (6 in total) every other Friday, in the late afternoon 4.30-6.30pm (refreshments and snacks during seminar) (Fayerweather 411)
Invited speakers will contribute to the assigned readings so that the reading group will prepare all students involved for the discussion in the subsequent week.
I. February 5th: Taxation and the State
- Vanessa Ogle (UPenn, History): “Archipelago Capitalism and the Rise of Tax Havens, 1920-1980”
- Monica Prasad (Northwestern, Sociology): “The Popular Origins of Neoliberalism in the Reagan Tax Cut of 1981”
II. February 19th: US Hegemony and the World Economy
- Matthias Matthijs (Johns Hopkins SAIS, International Political Economy): “Reading Kindleberger in Berlin and Washington: Hegemony and Trans-Atlantic Crisis Management”
III. March 4th: Calculation and Power in Historical Perspective
- Jacob Soll (USC, History) – The Reckoning: Financial Accountability as a Form of Power (confirmed)
- William Derringer (MIT, Science and Technology Studies) – Calculated Values: The Political and Economic History of Calculation in Britain (confirmed)
IV. March 25th: States and Financial Markets
- Aaron Major (SUNY-Albany, Sociology) – Architects of Austerity: International Finance and the Politics of Growth (confirmed)
- Elsa Massoc (Berkeley, Political Science) – Taxing Stock Transfers in the First Golden Age of Finance Capitalism (confirmed)
V. April 8th: The Mechanics of Economic Globalization in Historical Perspective
- Jerome Sgard (Sciences Po, Columbia Visiting Professor) – The Invention of Bankruptcies and International Commercial Arbitration, 1891-1960
- David Singh Grewal (Yale Law School) – Title TBA
VI. April 22nd: The State of Economic History Today: How Can Economists and Historians Engage with Each Other Most Productively?
- Suresh Naidu (Columbia, Economics)
- Adam Tooze (Columbia, History)
- David Weiman (Barnard, Economics)
- David Edgerton (King’s College, London, History)