Economic Analysis of Ancient Trade Workshop

Friday, October 13
9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
5701 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637

This workshop will include presentations and discussions of the results from Economic Analysis of Ancient Trade, an interdisciplinary research project at the Neubauer Collegium, now entering its third year. This project brings together economists who study modern trade and scholars who study ancient economic documents and archaeological remains. Using a 4,000-year-old archive of cuneiform tablets found in present-day central Turkey, members of the research team are investigating the applicability to ancient trade of mathematical models and computational methods employed by economists. A primary area of focus is the relationship between social institutions and economic behavior, past and present. 

Presenters and discussants:

Gojko Barjamovic, Senior Lecturer on Assyriology, Harvard University
Alain Bresson, Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor of Classics and History, University of Chicago
Kerem Coşar, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Virginia
Ali Hortaçsu, Ralph and Mary Otis Isham Professor of Economics, University of Chicago
Reinhard Pirngruber, Research Associate, University of Vienna
Miller Prosser, Research Database Specialist, OCHRE Data Service, University of Chicago
David Schloen, Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Chicago
Sandra Schloen, Manager, OCHRE Data Service, University of Chicago
Walter Shandruk, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Chicago
Edward Stratford, Assistant Professor of History, Brigham Young University
François Velde, Senior Economist and Research Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago