Artículo: Australian Exceptionalism? Inequality and Living Standards 1821-1871

Laura Panza Jeffrey G.Williamson publicaron Australian Exceptionalism? Inequality and Living Standards 1821-1871. En el abstract destacan "Although the Australian historical literature covering the colonies' first century from the initial convict settlement in 1788 at Botany Bay to the post-gold rush census of 1871 is packed with assertions about Australian living standards and inequality exceptionalism - compared with western Europe and America, there has been very little evidence offered to confirm them. This paper will establish the Australian facts about living standards and inequality trends between the 1820s and the 1870s. Where do we find exceptionalism, compared with the United States, and where not? And can exceptionalism be readily explained by the fact that the US was undergoing a dramatic industrial revolution while Australia was following its commodity-exporting comparative advantage? We

Artículo: Is Modern Technology Responsible for Jobless Recoveries?

Georg Graetz (Uppsala University) y Guy Michaels (London School of Economics) acaban de publicar Is Modern Technology Responsible for Jobless Recoveries? En el resumen describen "Since the early 1990s, recoveries from recessions in the US have been plagued by weak employment growth. One possible explanation for these "jobless" recoveries is rooted in technological change: middle-skill jobs, often involving routine tasks, are lost during recessions, and the displaced workers take time to transition into other jobs (Jaimovich and Siu, 2014). But technological replacement of middle-skill workers is not unique to the US – it also takes place in other developed countries (Goos, Manning, and Salomons, 2014). So if jobless recoveries in the US are due to technology, we might expect to also see them elsewhere in the developed world. We test this possibility using data on recoveries from 71 recessions in 28 industries and 17 countries from 1970-2011. We find that though GDP recovered more slowly after recent recessions, employment did not. Industries that used more routine tasks, and those more exposed to robotization, did not recently experience slower employment recoveries. Finally, middle-skill employment did not recover more slowly after recent recessions, and this pattern was no different in routine-intensive industries. Taken together, this evidence suggests that technology is not causing jobless recoveries in developed countries outside the US" 

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Libros: Plantation Kingdom: The American South and Its Global Commodities

Jonathan E. Robins (Michigan Technological University) reseñó para H-Environment la obra de Richard Follett, Sven Beckert, Peter Coclanis, y Barbara Hahn. eds.,  Plantation Kingdom: The American South and Its Global Commodities.  H-Environment es parte de H-NET (Humanities & Social Sciences Online initiative) y está sostenida por organizaciones de historiadores, tales como American Society for Environmental History y la  European Society for Environmental History

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Libros: Money Changes Everything: How Finance Made Civilization Possible

Larry Neal (del Departmento de Economía, University of Illinois y autor del reconocido manual A Concise History of International Finance: From Babylon to Bernanke (Cambridge University Press, 2015)realizó para EH.Net la reseña de la obra de William N. Goetzmann: Money Changes Everything: How Finance Made Civilization Possible.  Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016.

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Artículo: To the New World and Back Again: Return Migrants in the Age of Mass Migration

Ran Abramitzky ; Leah Platt Boustan y Katherine Eriksson han publicado To the New World andBack Again: Return Migrants in the Age of Mass Migration. En el resumen exponen: "We compile large datasets from Norwegian and US historical censuses to study return migration during the Age of Mass Migration (1850-1913). Return migrants were somewhat negatively selected from the migrant pool: Norwegian immigrants who returned to Norway held slightly lower-paid occupations than Norwegian immigrants who stayed in the US, both before and after moving to the US. Upon returning to Norway, return migrants held higher-paid occupations than Norwegians who never moved, despite hailing from poorer backgrounds. They were also more likely to get married after return. These patterns suggest that despite being negatively selected, return migrants were able to accumulate savings and improve their economic circumstances once they returned home"

Call for papers: 8th World Congress of Cliometrics

The 8th World Congress of Cliometrics that will take place in Strasbourg, France, July 4-7, 2017:, and is designed to provide extensive discussion of new and innovative research in economic history, with an expected 90-100 papers to be selected for presentation and discussion. Submissions of an abstract and a 3-5 page summary of the proposed paper will be accepted only in electronic form: At least one author of an accepted paper must be a member of the Cliometric Society.
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Artículo: Reading the General Theory as Economic Sociology: A broader interpretation of an economics classic

Daniyal Khan (Department of Economics, Seeta Majeed School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Beaconhouse National University) publicó Reading the General Theory as Economic Sociology: A broader interpretation of an economics classic. En su abstract leemos: "This paper argues that given certain self-definitions and key defining features of economic sociology, The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money can be read and interpreted as a text in economic sociology. Around this core argument, a case is built for a more open interaction and mutual appreciation between economic sociology and heterodox approaches to economics. The paper suggests how broader interpretations of classics of social science (such as the General Theory) may help us better appreciate the shared intellectual lineages and legacies of economics and sociology. It concludes with reflections on the historical development of the relationship between economics and sociology, and some speculation about their future".

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