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HPPE Seminars

Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Economics

The seminar was launched in 2012 and is organised by PhD students at the Economic History Department. It brings together scholars from different disciplines to discuss the evolution of economic thinking and embraces topics from Ancient Greece to contemporary Africa.

The seminar inquires how the theory and practice of economics changes with the historical and philosophical context. The seminar aims to provide scholars at any stage of their career with an opportunity to discuss their work with a critical audience. For further information, please contact the convenors.

  • Seminars: Michaelmas Term 2017

  • Room: TW1 1.01

  • Time: 1-2.30pm



May 23rd, 2018 - Joint HPPE – Summer Workshop

Exploring India’s Economic History through Evidence and Debates

Session 1 (Chair: Mary Morgan)

  • 10:00 – 10:40 - Eleanor Newbigin, SOAS
  • The Birth of the Modern National Economy and the End of Empire - the View from Delhi
  • 10:50 – 11:30 - Sam Betteridge, LSE
  • Taxing the Foreign Consumer: Revenue Policy and Price Controls under the Bengal Opium Monopoly, 1868-1908

11:30 – 12:00 -Coffee Break

Session 2 (Chair: Chung-Tang Cheng)

  • 12:10 – 12:50 -Jordon Biets, Université Lumière Lyon-2
  • Java or India: Seeking for the First Gold Exchange Standard
  • 13:00 – 13:40 - Maanik Nath, LSE
  • Mission Improbable: Balancing Equity and Efficiency in the Rural Credit Market in Madras 1930-60

13:40 – 14:40 Lunch Break

Session 3 (Chair: Tirthankar Roy)

  • 14:50 – 15:40 - Karolina Hutkova, LSE
  • Political Economy, business law and entrepreneurs: Bengal silk industry and the laissez-faire policies, 1830s-1850s
  • 15:50 – 16:30 - Aashish Velkar, University of Manchester
  • Imagination, Conflict and Economic Space in Colonial India

16:40 – 17:00 - Short Break

  • 17:00 – 17:50 - Bishnupriya Gupta, University of Warwick
  • Community Origins of Industrial Entrepreneurship: Evidence from India

You can download the programme here [PDF]


Michaelmas Term 2017 Seminars


  • Jill Trinh, University of Western Australia
  • The Pareto Distribution and Its Relationship to Piketty’s Third Fundamental Law of Capitalism



  • Michael McLure, University of Western Australia
  • Thinking Outside the Box: A Reinterpretation and Reconstruction of Edgeworth's Figure 1 



  • Jim Thomas, LSE
  • Victor Edelberg: LSE's Forgotten Econometrician



  • Steven Medema, University of Colorado Denver
  • "Exceptional and Unimportant"? The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Externalities in Economic Analysis



  • Debjani Bhattacharyya, Drexel University
  • The Science of Planning: Notes from Indian Economic History



  • Christina Laskaridis, SOAS University of London
  • Rethinking the Concept of Debt Sustainability: A Look Behind Definitions