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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)
Leviathan's Offer: State-Building with Elite Compensation in Early Medieval China [Joy Chen, Assistant Professor of Economics, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business] 
Live on Zoom on May 26, 2022
16:00 Hong Kong/Beijing/Singapore
09:00 London | 17:00 Tokyo | 18:00 Sydney | Calculate your local time

JUST HAPPENED (Thank you for attending!):
Collateral Damage: The Legacy of the Secret War in Laos [Felipe Valencia Caicedo, Assistant Professor of Economics, Vancouver School of Economics, University of British Columbia]
Live on Zoom on May 19, 2022

Religion, Rebellion and State Education: Evidence from Colonial Korea by Sangyoon Park, Assistant Professor of Economics, HKU Business School

QH #REPOST: 大學沙龍 X 陳志武 - 史前文明搖籃的長久影響 Even prehistory never dies: The persistent impact of Neolithic development on China
Live on Zoom | 2022年1月23日(週日) 香港/北京/新加坡 早上9點 (Conducted in Mandarin)
Watch the replay on YouTube

Quantitative history academics honored in HKU Business School's Research Output Prize 2020-21
Dr. Chicheng Ma and Professor James Kung were honored with the University's Research Output Prize for their paper, Long Live Keju! The Persistent Effects of China’s Civil Examination System, published in The Economic Journal.

More details about this year’s research output prize winners are available here (announced on January 6, 2022)

The latest issue of The Journal of Economic History, which features QH Webinar Series co-convener Dr. Chicheng Ma's article 'Knowledge Diffusion and Intellectual Change: When Chinese Literati Met European Jesuits' and International Society for Quantitative History co-director Professor James Kung's article 'Malthus Goes to China: The Effect of “Positive Checks” on Grain Market Development, 1736–1910', is now available in print. The joint work by QH Webinar Series conveners Professor Zhiwu Chen and Dr. Chicheng Ma, together with Dr. Andrew J. Sinclair of HKU Business School, is now available as Open Access on The Economic Journal (Online)
Debin Ma Appointed to Professorship in Economic History in Oxford
Professor Debin Ma (the co-director of International Society for Quantitative History) was appointed to a Professorship in Economic History in Oxford. Professor Ma will join the faculty at Oxford from January 2022.
July 14, 2021 | Read the Faculty 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

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
Past events:

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)

The Rise of State Capacity in Europe, Asia and the Rest of the World since 1500 by Şevket Pamuk, Professor of Economics and Economic History, Bogaziçi University (September 23, 2021)

Traditional Supernatural Beliefs and Prosocial Behavior by Sara Lowes, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of California, San Diego (October 21, 2021)

祖先的教育 · 後代的創新 - 科舉對企業創新的長期影響 Ancestors' Education, Descendants’ Innovation — The long-run effects of keju on corporate innovation by Shijun He, Associate Professor, Economics and Management School, Wuhan University (October 28, 2021)

History’s Masters: The Effect of European Monarchs on State Performance by Nico Voigtländer, Professor of Economics, UCLA Anderson School of Management (November 11, 2021)

Changing Views of Terminal Pleistocene Economies in South China: Tales from Two Caves by David J. Cohen, Associate Professor of Anthropology, National Taiwan University (December 2, 2021)

Heroes and Villains: The Effects of Heroism on Autocratic Values and Nazi Collaboration in France by Pauline Grosjean, Professor of Economics, UNSW Business School (December 9, 2021)

Home Economics and Women's gateway to science by Yiling Zhao, Assistant Professor, Peking University School of Economics (December 16, 2021)

Varied Trajectories of Chiefdomization by Robert D. Drennan, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh (March 10, 2022)

Structural Change, Elite Capitalism, and the Emergence of Labor Emancipation by Quamrul H. Ashraf, Halvorsen Professor for Distinguished Teaching and Research of Economics, Williams College (March 24, 2022)

QH Doctoral Research Webinar - Political Repression, Media Propaganda, and Nation Building by Peiyuan Li, PhD Candidate, Department of Economics, University of Colorado Boulder (April 21, 2022)

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