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The Epstein Lecture Series

Established in 2008 in memory of Professor Stephan (Larry) Epstein to showcase the work of up-and-coming academics in the field of economic history.

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The Historical Roots of Racial Health Inequality in the United States

Lecturer: Dr Marcella Alsan, (Stanford)
Chair: Professor Jane Humphries
Date and time: 14 February 2019, 6-7.30pm
Venue:  Wolfson Theatre, LSE
The lecture will be immediately followed by a drinks reception

About Dr Marcella Alsan

Marcella Alsan, MD, MPH, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine and a Core Faculty Member at the Center for Health Policy/Primary Care and Outcomes Research. The focus of Dr Alsan’s research is the causes and consequences of infectious disease for health and productivity, using historical public health natural experiments to explore the interaction between infectious disease, human capital and economic outcomes. She received a BA from Harvard University, a master’s in international public health from Harvard School of Public Health, a MD from Loyola University, and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University. She trained at Brigham and Women’s Hospital - in the Hiatt Global Health Equity Residency Fellowship - then combined the PhD with an Infectious Disease Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr Alsan attends in infectious disease at the Veterans Affairs Hospital.

Read more about Dr Marcella Alsan on her webpage.Dr Marcella Alsan webpage.

 

 

Epstein Lecture 2018

Lecturer: Dr Mark Koyama

  • Chair: Professor Greg Clark, Department of Economics, UC Davies
  • Date: 20 March 2018
  • Venue and time: CLM 6.02, 6pm

The Lecture: Persecution & Toleration: The Long Road to Religious Freedom

Today, Western societies are closely associated with the principles of liberty and freedom. However, in the medieval and early modern period, European societies were committed to an opposing ideal of religious conformity. European societies engaged in more intensive religious persecutions than did most non-western societies. This raises a puzzle: why did liberal ideas of religious freedom emerge in Europe rather than in other parts of the world? Resolving this puzzle sheds new light on the origins of political and religious freedom and the rule of law in Europe. This book seeks to understand how this commitment to religious freedom came about and what its consequences were.  We provide an institutional account of the demise of a system based on identity rules and conditional toleration and its replacement by modern states which governed through general rules. 

About Mark Koyama

Mark Koyama is an Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University and the W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo Campbell National Fellow at the Hoover Institution for 2017-2018.  He received his PhD in Economics at the University of Oxford.  Previously he has held positions at the University of York and Brown University.  Together with Noel Johnson (GMU) he has just completed a book manuscript on the origins of religious freedom.   This book, entitled Persecution & Toleration: The Long Road to Religious Freedom, is under contract with Cambridge University Press and due to come out in late 2018 or early 2019.

Visit Dr Koyama's webpage here.[URL]


Epstein Lectures 2008-2017

2017

  • Kersten Enflo, (Lund)

  • Failed towns? Urbanisation and agricultural surplus in Sweden, 1570-1810

2016

  • Dr Taylor Jaworski, Queen's University, Canada

  • Liberty or Union: National Policies for Regional Development

 

2015

  • Jessica Goldberg, Department of History, UCLA

  • Re-considering risk and the ‘Maghribī traders’: Business organization and the economy in the eleventh-century Mediterranean

2014

  • Ewout Frankema, (Wageningen)

  • Title: Is Africa Growing out of Poverty?

2013

  • Latika Chaudhary, (Scripps College)

  • Schools and Railroads: Public Goods Provisions in Colonial India

2012

  • Ran Abramitzsky, (Stanford)

  • Kibbutz: the Economics of a Social Experiment

2011

  • Dr Ichiro Maekawa, Soka University, Tokyo, March 2011

  • British Aid and Decolonization: 1950s-1970s

2010

  • Professor Tracy Dennison, February 2010

  • Institutions and the serf economy in Russia: a tale of two landlords.

2009

  •  Professor Dan Bogart 

  • Parliament and the Evolution of Property Rights in Britain, 1600-1830

2008

  • Dr Regina Grafe,  March 2008

  • Stuck in the past or looking towards the future - The deep roots of Spanish economic regionalism

 

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