About this Project
2013 – 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.
Suresh Naidu (School of International and Public Affairs, Department of Economics, Columbia University) presented "The Law and Economics of Bound Labor" as part of the Working Group on Comparative Economics Bound Labor Winter Symposium on February 20, 2015.
March 17, 2014
Humanities dean Martha Roth and social sciences dean Mario Luis Small discuss the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
March 8, 2014
The Working Group on Comparative Economics seeks to understand societies of the past through modern economic devices
April 16, 2013
Two Booth professors will study and collaborate on comparative economics under an interdisciplinary program funded by the Neubauer Family Collegium for Culture and Society.
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