Economic Growth and Development: From a Historical Perspective

Seminar room C JG Smith building
Friday 24th June 2016 (10:45-17:30)
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Organizers: Jayasri Dutta, Heraklis Polemarchakis and Aditya Goenka. Those who would like to attend, please email:

Funded by: Department of Economics, Birmingham Business School and CRETA, University of Warwick.


10:45 - 11:00  Welcome and coffee

11:00 - 13:00  First session chaired by Heraklis Polemarchakis (CRETA, University of Warwick)

11:00 - 12:00  Nicholas Crafts (University of Warwick) “A vision of the growth process in a technologically progressive economy: the United States, 1899-1941.” 
Discussant: Martin Weale (Bank of England)

12:00 - 13:00  Leigh Shaw-Taylor (University of Cambridge) "The escape from Malthusian constraints in England 1300-1900"
Discussant: Bishnu Gupta (University of Warwick)

13:00 - 14:00  Lunch

14:00 - 16:00  Second session chaired by Colin Rowat (University of Birmingham)

14:00 - 15:00  Christophe Chamley (Boston University) "The Bank of England and its first suspension of convertibility during the French Wars"
Discussant: Martin Daunton (University of Cambridge)

15:00 - 16:00  Toke Aidt (University of Cambridge) "The social dynamics of riots: Evidence from the Captain Swing riots 1830-33"
Discussant: Sandeep Kapur (Birbeck College)

16:00 - 16:30  Coffee and Tea

16:30 - 17:30  Third session chaired by Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay (University of Birmingham)

16:30 - 17:30  Debraj Ray (New York University) "Groups in conflict: Size matters but not in the way you think"
Discussant: Facundo Albornoz (University of Nottingham)

Followed by drinks at bar of University House and dinner for participants.