About this Project

(Project duration: July 2013 - June 2015)

Emerging around a coalescence of research interests in the comparative economic analysis of historical societies from ancient times to the modern period, the Working Group on Comparative Economics brought together faculty from Classics, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, and the Booth School of Business for a two-year program of activities. Monthly faculty meetings, quarterly visiting lecturers, and an annual conference addressed themes of shared interest in comparative economics, including the structure of economic firms, taxation, long-distance trade, forms and uses of money, and the economics of slavery. Activities were designed to clarify conceptual and empirical issues in a way that will promote and enrich cross-disciplinary faculty research and quickly disseminate results through e-publication of a new working paper series.


Alain Bresson’s The Making of the Ancient Greek Economy

April 6, 2016

In a new English-language translation of his acclaimed work, Alain Bresson offers a new theoretical framework for studying the economy of ancient Greece (translation by Steven Rendall). 

A Laboratory for Humanists

March 17, 2014

Humanities dean Martha Roth and social sciences dean Mario Luis Small discuss the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society

Bridging Historical and Economic Schools of Thought

March 8, 2014

The Working Group on Comparative Economics seeks to understand societies of the past through modern economic devices


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