ASSA January 1998
Cliometric Society Sessions

I. Growth and Institutions
January 3, 8:00 am
Chair: Gary Libecap, University of Arizona

Luciano Amaral (European University Institute-Florence): How A Country Catches-Up: A Growth-Accounting Approach To The Portuguese Economy (1951-1973)

Ian W. McLean (Adelaide) and Kris James Mitchener (UC-Berkeley): U.S. Regional Growth and Convergence, 1880-1980

Carolyn Dimitri (Maryland-College Park): Contract Evolution and Institutional Innovation: The American Fresh Fruit Industry from 1890 to 1930

Der-Yan Yang (UC-Santa Barbara): The Origin of the Bank of England: A Credible Committment to Sovereign Debt

Discussants: Fred Carstensen, Connecticut
Philip Coelho, Ball State
Ann Harper Fender, Gettysburg

II. Counting and Laboring
January 3, 10:15 am
Chair: Joseph Ferrie, Northwestern University

Warren C.Whatley and Stanley Sedo (Michigan-Ann Arbor): The Unreliability of Job Duration Estimates, Current and Past

John Murray (Toledo): "The Laborer is Worthy of His Hire": Shaker Religious Communes in External Labor Markets

Carolyn Moehling (Ohio State): The Added Worker Effect in the Household

Joyce Burnette (Wabash): Child Care and Working Women in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Discussants: Samuel H. Williamson, Miami
Louis P. Cain, Loyola and Northwestern
Robert A. Margo, Vanderbilt
Martha Olney, UC-Berkeley

III. CLIO and the Economic Organization of Science
January 3, 2:30 pm
Chair: Zvi Grilliches
Summaries and abstracts of these papers are not available at this time.

Paul A. David (All-Souls College, Oxford, and Stanford): From Keeping "Nature's Secrets" to Open Science: Court Patronage, Common Agency Contracting, and the Scientific Revolution of the 17th Century
Christophe Lecuyer (Stanford): Academic Science and Technology in the Service of Industry, 1890-1925: MIT Creates a "Permeable" Engineering School
Thomas P. Hughes (MIT): Government Funding for R& D and the Scientific Foundations of the Information Technology Revolution: Lessons from Modern History

IV. Money Down the River
January 4, 10:15 am
Chair: Eugene N. White, Rutgers University

Marc Flandreau (CNRS-Paris): The Gradient of a River: Bimetallism as an Implicit Fluctuation Band

Matthew A. Martin (Kent State): Agricultural Shocks in the Interwar Economy: A Structural VAR Analysis

Albrecht Ritschl (Pompeu Fabra) : Was Schacht Right? Foreign Debt, the Young Plan, and the Great Depression in Germany

Patrice Robitaille (Federal Reserve System): Private Payment Systems in Historical Perspective: The Banco Central System in Mexico

Discussants: Warren Weber, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Francois Velde, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Michael Twomy, Michigan
Mark Siegler, Williams

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