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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)

Up next on QH Series: 
May 20 (Thurs) 16:00 Hong Kong/Beijing/Singapore | 17:00 Tokyo | 18:00 Sydney
We have a special treat for you from our very own Series conveners Zhiwu Chen and Chicheng Ma!
Chicheng Ma will present his recent co-authored paper with Zhiwu Chen: “Lineage as Risk-Sharing Institution: How Confucianism Contributed to Population Growth in Pre-Industrial China” | Find Out More | Register Now

Involution or Industrialization: Reinterpreting the 19-20th Century Chinese Agriculture through the Perspectives of Seasonality by Debin Ma, Professor of Economics, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University | With discussants: Kenneth Pomeranz, FBA (Chicago) and Osamu Saito (Hitotsubashi) | Find Out More | Register Now
May 26 (Wed) 09:45 Hong Kong/Beijing/Singapore | 10:45 Tokyo | 11:45 Sydney
May 25 (Tues) 18:45 Los Angeles | 20:45 Chicago | 21:45 New York

This webinar is a joint event with Economic Research Seminar Series hosted by the Institute of Economic Research of Hitotsubashi University

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

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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Past events:
Ideological Entrepreneurs, Multiplex Network Diffusion, and the Spread of Radical Innovations: Martin Luther’s Role in the Early Reformationby Jared Rubin, Professor of Economics, Chapman University (April 23, 2020)

The Influence of Ancestral Lifeways on Individual Economic Outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa by Stylianos Michalopoulos, Associate Professor of Economics , Brown University (April 30, 2020)
數據、信息與渠道 - 傳統中國政府能夠掌握數字信息嗎?by William Guanglin Liu, Professor, Department of History, Lingnan University (May 7, 2020)

宋至清的防疫與治疫: 政府與民間組織的角色 Chinese State and Society in epidemic governance from the Song to the Qing Dynastiesby Angela K. C. Leung, Chair Professor of History, Joseph Needham-Philip Mao Professor in Chinese History, HKU Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (May 21, 2020)

The Origin of the State: Land Productivity or Appropriability?by Luigi Pascali, Associate Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (May 28, 2020)

海上絲路歷史中不同文明的表現 Comparative performance of different civilizations in the history of the Maritime Silk Roadby Zhiwu Chen, Victor and William Fung Professor in Economics, Chair Professor of Finance, HKU Business School and the Asia Global Institute (June 11, 2020)

考古大數據所見先秦城邑及其演進by Hong Xu, Professor of Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (June 24, 2020)

「同一賬,記兩簿」:清代豐盛泰號賬本的復式簿記by Shuji Cao, Distinguished Professor of History, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (July 2, 2020)

Fractured-Land and Political Fragmentationby Mark Koyama, Associate Professor of Economics, George Mason University (July 9, 2020)

Accounting for the Great Divergence: Recent Findings from Historical National Accountingby Stephen Broadberry FBA, Professor of Economic History, University of Oxford (July 16, 2020)

Going the Distance: Eurasian Trade and the Rise of the Business Corporation, 1400-1700by Ron Harris, Kalman Lubowsky Professor of Law and History, Tel-Aviv University (July 23, 2020)

制度史研究的量化嘗試:以清代法律制度為主 by Kaixiang Peng, Professor of Economic History, Henan University (August 13, 2020)

The Fate of Skilled Jews in Nazi Germany by Sascha O. Becker, Xiaokai Yang Chair of Business and Economics, Monash University (August 27, 2020)

為商人做辯護?檢視「富者貧之母」的明清政治經濟學 In Defense of Businessmen? The Political Economy of “the Rich Nourishing the Poor” in Ming-Qing China by Peng-sheng Chiu, Distinguished Professor of History, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (September 10, 2020)

Discretion and Destruction: Promotions, Performance, and Patronage in the Royal Navy by ‪Hans-Joachim Voth,‬ UBS Foundation Professor of Economics, University of Zurich (September 17, 2020)

One American, One Chinese and their extraordinary Journeys in the 19th century by Guoqi Xu, Kerry Group Professor in Globalisation History, HKU (September 24, 2020) 

Economic Geography Aspects of the Panama Canal by Stephan Maurer, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Konstanz (September 29, 2020) 

A Theory of Cultural Revivals by Murat Iyigun, Professor of Economics, University of Colorado Boulder (October 8, 2020)

Borderline Disorder: (De facto) Historical Ethnic Borders and Contemporary Conflict in Africa by Ömer Özak, Associate Professor of Economics, Southern Methodist University (October 15, 2020)   

古DNA探究史前現代人群的遺傳演化 by Qiaomei Fu, Director of the Ancient DNA Laboratory at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology Chinese Academy of Sciences (October 22, 2020)

Marrying for Money: Evidence from the First Wave of Married Women's Property Laws in the U.S. by Peter Koudijs, Associate Professor of Finance, Stanford Graduate School of Business (October 29, 2020)

Political divergence between East and West in the 8th & 9th centuries by Clair Z. Yang, Assistant Professor in Chinese Economics, University of Washington & Yasheng Huang, Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management and Professor, Global Economics and Management, MIT Sloan School of Management (November 12, 2020)

Inflation and Investors’ Behavior: Evidence from the German Hyperinflation by Fabio Braggion, Professor of Finance and Financial History, Tilburg University (November 19, 2020)

How (not) to get published by Hans-Joachim Voth,‬ UBS Foundation Professor of Economics, Economics Department, University of Zurich (November 26, 2020)

Eight Centuries of Global Real Interest Rates, R-G, and the ‘Suprasecular’ Decline, 1311–2018 by Paul Schmelzing, Visiting scholar, the Bank of England (Postdoctoral Research Associate, Yale School of Management) (December 2, 2020)

國家與戰爭:中國通向大一統的歷史(公元前221年至1911) States And Wars: China’s Long March Towards Unity And Its Consequences, 221 BC – 1911 AD by Debin Ma, Professor of Economics, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University (December 10, 2020)

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)

博士研究生專場 - 理學的陰影:儒家文化轉型與中國明清時期科技發展停滯 The Shadow of Reason: Neo-Confucianism and the Stagnation of Technological Development in Late Imperial China | Doctoral Research Webinar by Qing Wang, PhD candidate, School of Economics, Renmin University of China (May 6, 2021) 

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