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Quantitative History Webinar Series


The Quantitative History Webinar Series, convened by Professor Zhiwu Chen and Dr. Chicheng Ma of The University of Hong Kong (HKU), aims to provide researchers, teachers and students with an online intellectual platform to keep up to date with the latest research in the field, promoting the dissemination of research findings and interdisciplinary use of quantitative methods in historical research. The Series is co-organized by the International Society for Quantitative History, HKU Business School, and the Asia Global Institute (AGI). 量化歷史網上講座系列(Quantitative History Webinar Series)由香港大學陳志武教授和馬馳騁博士聯合發起並舉辦,旨在介紹前沿量化歷史研究成果、促進同仁交流,推廣量化方法在歷史研究中的應用。本系列講座由國際量化歷史學會、香港大學經管學院和亞洲環球研究所全力支持和承辦。量化歷史網上講座系列銳意逢星期四舉辦講座,若邀請學者位於歐洲及中國時區,講座將於星期四香港時間下午4時至5時30分舉行;若位於美國時區,將於星期四香港時間上午9時至10時30分或10時至11時30分舉行。

Conveners 召集人:
Professor Zhiwu Chen (陳志武教授)
Dr. Chicheng Ma (馬馳騁博士)

Just happened: 
The Rise of State Capacity in Europe, Asia and the Rest of the World since 1500 [Şevket Pamuk , Professor of Economics and Economic History, Bogaziçi University]
Live on Zoom on September 23, 2021 *** Thank you all for attending! ***
16:00 Hong Kong/Beijing/Singapore
09:00 London | 11:00 Istanbul | 17:00 Tokyo | 18:00 Sydney



Past events:
高利貸中的市場機制:以滿鐵調查為中心 Usury and Markets: Evidence from the surveys conducted by the South Manchuria Railway Company by Zhan Lin, Lecturer, Institute of Qing History, Renmin University of China (January 21, 2021)

中國史前時代的貧富分化 — 墓葬的視角 The rich-poor polarization in prehistoric China: a perspective based on burials by Jianye Han, Professor of Archaeology, School of History, Renmin University of China (January 28, 2021)

The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World — and Globalization Began by Valerie Hansen, Stanley Woodward Professor of History, Yale University (February 25, 2021) 

Modern Library Holdings and Historic City Growth by Eric Chaney, Associate Professor in Economic History, University of Oxford (March 11, 2021)

Roman Transport Network Connectivity and Economic Integration by Erik Hornung, Professor of Economic History, University of Cologne (March 18, 2021)

Transition to Agriculture and First State Presence by Ola Olsson, Professor of Economics, University of Gothenburg (April 8, 2021)

Cultural macroevolution: Understanding the rise of large-scale complex societies in human history by Peter Turchin, Project Leader and Professor, Complexity Science Hub Vienna and University of Connecticut (April 22, 2021)

QH Doctoral Research Webinar - The Shadow of Reason: Neo-Confucianism and the Stagnation of Technological Development in Late Imperial China by Qing Wang, PhD candidate, School of Economics, Renmin University of China (May 6, 2021)

Lineage as Risk-Sharing Institution: How Confucianism Contributed to Population Growth in Pre-Industrial China by our every own Chicheng Ma, Assistant Professor of Economics, HKU Business School (May 20, 2021)

Involution or Industrialization: Reinterpreting the 19-20th Century Chinese Agriculture through the Perspectives of Seasonality by Debin Ma, Professor of Economics, Hitotsubashi Institute of Economic Research (May 26, 2021)

Technology Adoption and Productivity Growth: Evidence from Industrialization in France by Mara P. Squicciarini, Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Bocconi University (June 3, 2021)

From Forest to Farmland and Meadow to Metropolis: How did the environment shape human history, and how did humanity bring about the Anthropocene? by Jed O. Kaplan, Associate Professor, HKU Department of Earth Sciences (June 10, 2021)

QH Doctoral Research Webinar (co-organized with YSI Economic History Graduate Webinar) Price Convergence Through a Financial Network: Does Financial Integration Impact Price Integration in Real Sectors? by Zhihao Xu, PhD Candidate, University of California, Los Angeles (June 17, 2021)

Modern State-Building and the Rise of the Corporation by Taisu Zhang, Professor of Law, Yale Law School (July 8, 2021)

The Ant and the Grasshopper: Seasonality and the Invention of Agriculture by Andrea Matranga, Assistant Professor of Economics, Chapman University (August 12, 2021)

The seeds of ideology: Historical immigration and political preferences in the United States by Paola Giuliano, Professor of Economics, UCLA Anderson School of Management (August 26, 2021)

Monetizing the Economy: National Banks and Local Economic Development by Chenzi Xu, Assistant Professor of Finance, Stanford Graduate School of Business (September 2, 2021)

Commitment Failure within Bureaucracy: lessons from three failed fiscal rationalization reforms in the Qing period China by Max Yu Hao, Associate Professor , School Of Economics, Peking University (September 9, 2021)

QH Doctoral Research Webinar - Railways and Cities in India by Jinlin Wei (PhD candidate Department of Economics, University of Warwick (September 16, 2021)

Please scroll down to view 2020 webinars

If you are interested in presenting or you would like to suggest a speaker for our Quantitative History Webinar Series, please contact Beth of HKU Economic History Group.

In the News:
A “Time Travel” – Discover the Link between Ancient China’s Civil Examination and Modern Economic Development 鑒古識今 – 從「科舉考試」分析中國經濟發展
HKU economic historians Professor James K. S. Kung (the co-director of International Society for Quantitative History) and Dr. Chicheng Ma (the co-convener of the Quantitative History Webinar Series) have recently won the Royal Economic Society Prize for the best article published in The Economic Journal in 2020. Their paper, Long Live Keju! The Persistent Effects of China’s Civil Examination System, co-authored with Dr. Ting Chen of HKBU, examines the long-term consequences of China’s millennium-long civil examination system for human capital or educational outcomes.
HKU Business School | April 20, 2021 | Read the School news (English) | Chinese version

陳志武:新冠只會加劇貧富分化、仇外及動蕩 
Financial Times (Chinese) | October 23, 2020 | Read the full story (in Chinese only)

Asia Global Institute and HKU Business School launch Quantitative History Webinar Series to promote quantitative history research
June 11, 2020 | Read the press release


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