Cliometrics Conferences and Sessions

Upcoming Conferences

The Cliometric Society will sponsor three sessions and the Economic History Association will sponsor two sessions at the ASSA meetings in Philadelphia, January 5-7, 2018. The schedule and abstracts will be available in the fall.


The 2018 Annual Cliometric Conference
Tallahassee, Florida, April 27-28, 2018

The annual Cliometric Society Conference will be held on the weekend of Friday, April 27 through Saturday, April 28 in Tallahassee, Florida hosted by Florida State University and the National Science Foundation. The conference is designed to provide extensive discussion of new and innovative research in economic history. We will consider applicants from all continents and encourage papers that address important topics in economic history for all countries. We particularly encourage interdisciplinary research and seek a diverse set of papers addressing local, country, regional, and global issues. Applications to present papers or to attend the conference are welcome from graduate students, junior faculty, and senior faculty in economic history as well as distinguished faculty in other fields who have research interests in economic history.

Typically, twelve papers are selected for presentation and discussion. These are sent out to all conference participants in advance. Each paper is a single session, in which authors have five minutes to make an opening statement and the rest of the hour-long session is devoted to discussion among all conference participants. All participants are required to have read all papers and to attend the entire conference, i.e., arrive on Thursday, April 26 and leave on Sunday, April 29. At least one author must be a member of the Cliometric Society. For membership information contact Professor Melissa Thomasson at The conference pays most hotel and flight expenses for graduate students and heavily subsidizes hotel and flight expenses for faculty and researchers.

Proposals and requests to attend the conference will be accepted beginning December 8, 2017. The deadline to submit a paper proposal or a request to attend the conference is Friday, January 19, 2018. Those wishing to present a paper should provide an abstract and a 3-5 page summary of the proposed paper. In choosing papers and participants, the host committee will assign priority to those who have not attended recently or who have never attended. Doctoral students wishing to attend or submit a paper proposal must obtain a letter of recommendation from their dissertation advisor. Those whose papers are selected for presentation will be notified by Friday, February 16, 2018 and are expected to provide a completed draft of the paper in the proper format for the conference volume no later than Friday, March 16, 2018.

We STRONGLY PREFER that applicants submit their materials via the web at the following site: Please email us at if you cannot submit via the web and we will make available alternative submission routes.

Previous Conferences

The World Congress of Cliometrics was held in Strasbourg July 4-7, 2017. The paper abstracts can be found here.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse hosted a conference on new institutional economics and economic history. A copy of the program and videos of the presentations are available at:

World Cliometrics Conference

Cliometric Society ASSA Sessions

Annual Cliometrics Conferences

Western Economic Association International (WEAI) Annual Conferences

Cliometric Society sessions at the International Economic History Association Congress (IEHA)

Cliometric Society Surveys