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.


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

Professors to Compare Economies throughout History

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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