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Conference Schedule

Venue: Chaloem Rajakumari 60 Building (Chamchuri 10), 7th and 8th floor event rooms

Friday, December 9, 2022 (Day 1)

0830-0900 Registration

0900-0915 Opening Remarks by Dr. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sittidaj Pongkijvorasin, Dean, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University

0915-1030 Keynote Speech by Professor Jean-Pascal Bassino (ENS Lyon)

1030-1100 Coffee Break

1100-1230 Parallel Sessions A

1230-1400 Lunch

1400-1530 Parallel Sessions B

1530-1600 Coffee Break

1600-1730 Parallel Sessions C

1830-2100 Conference Dinner (Chamchuri 10 Banquet Hall (20th floor))

Saturday, December 10, 2022 (Day 2)

0900-1030 Parallel Sessions D

1030-1100 Coffee Break

1100-1230 Parallel Sessions E

1230-1330 Lunch

1330-1500 Parallel Sessions F

1500-1530 Coffee Break

1530-1630 Panel Discussion on Publishing in Asian Economic History with Bishnupriya Gupta (JEH), Alfonso Herranz-Loncán (EHDR), Florian Ploeckl (AEHR), and Duol Kim (special issue editor AEHR). Moderated by Jessica Vechbanyongratana

1630-1645 Closing Remarks

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Conference Program

Parallel Session Guidelines

3-paper sessions: 20-minute presentations and 10 minutes Q&A for each paper.

4-paper sessions: 15-minute presentations with 7-minute Q&A for each paper.

(V) denotes virtual presentation

* denotes session chair

December 9, 2022

Day 1

09:00 - 09:15
(Room 802)

Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks by Assoc. Prof. Sittidaj Pongkijvorasin, Dean, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University, and Professor Chakkaphan Sutthirat, Vice President for Research Affairs, Chulalongkorn University.

(Room 802)

Keynote Address

Jean-Pascal Bassino (ENS Lyon)

From Divergence to Convergence: The economic transformation of Southeast Asia since ca 1800

(7th floor corridor)


Coffee Break

(Room 702)

Parallel Session A1

EHSANZ Asia-Pacific Economic History Dissertation Prize Session

Yuzuru Kumon (Norwegian School of Economics)

Rich Europe, poor Asia: How wealth inequality, demography, and crop risks explain the poverty of pre-industrial East Asia, 1300–1800

Lingyu Kong (Zhongnan University, Wuhan) (V)

Understanding the effects of social networks on banking development: Essays on modern Chinese Bank Networks during the republican era

Cheng Yang (Renmin University) (V)

The occupational structure of late Imperial China, 1734–1898

*Florian Ploeckl (University of Adelaide)

Cliques and Directors: Informal and Formal Networks between Banks in Republican China

(Room 803)

Parallel Session A2

Comparative Perspectives on 20th Century Adult Literacy Campaigns in Asia

*David Mitch (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

Comparative Perspectives on 20th Century Adult Literacy Campaigns in Asia

Boxiao Zhang (Renmin University of China) (V)

Buddha’s Grace Illuminates All: Temple Destruction, School Construction, and Modernization in 20th Century China

Ningning Ma (Peking University) (V)

Becoming Co-ed: a Protestant gift to China

(Room 802)

Parallel Session A3

Health, Medicine, and Living Standards

Chiaki Moriguchi (Hitostubashi University Institute of Economic Research)

Modernizing Medicine: Changing Spatial Distributions of Physicians in Japan, 1874-2020

Ichiro Sugimoto (Soka University)

Opium Consumption and Living Standards in the Colony of Singapore, 1900-1939: An alternative approach for investigating the socio-economic history of Southeast Asia

Joseph Enguehard (École Normale Supérieure, Lyon)

Local Living Standards in South Asia, 1870-1930

*Duol Kim (Myongji University)

Industrialization and Biological Living Standards: A Case of 19th Century Japan

(Room 701)



(Room 702)

Parallel Session B1

Allegiance, Rebellion, and Protest

Jordi Caum Julio (University of Barcelona) (V)

Institutions, local agency and allegiance: healthcare provision in colonial India

Sangyoon Park (University of Hong Kong) (V)

Religion, Rebellion, and State Education: Evidence from Colonial Korea

Boxiao Zhang (Renmin University of China) (V)

Newspaper, Post Office, and Protest: How Do Political Information Diffusion and Social Interactions Affect Collective Action in Late Imperial China?

(Room 803)

Parallel Session B2

Trade and Market Integration

Alejandro Ayuso Díaz (Carlos III University of Madrid/INARBE Public University of Navarra)

Breaking Free? The trade of East and Southeast Asia at the end of Mercantilism (1795-1839)

Sevket Pamuk (Bogazici University)

Wheat Market Integration in the Ottoman Empire, 1600-1914

*Thanyaporn Chankrajang (Chulalongkorn University)

International trade and the unequal effect of the Great Depression: Household-level evidence from Siam

(Room 802)

Parallel Session B3

Human Capital, Natural Capital, and Productivity

Dhiraj Kumar Nite (Ambedkar University Delhi)

Skill Development and Welfare Gains: Scope and substance of human capital in Nineteenth-century Western India

Kyoji Fukao (Hitostubashi University Institute of Economic Research)

Natural Capital, Human Capital, and Inequality in Japanese Economic Development, 1885-1940

*Debin Ma (University of Oxford)

“Involution” or Seasonality: a New Perspective on the 19-20th Century Chinese Agricultural Development

(7th floor corridor)


Coffee Break

(Room 702)

Parallel Session C1

Survival and Growth

Sijie Hu (Renmin University of China) (V)

Where were the missing daughters: Re-estimating daughters’ survival in Chinese clans, 1350-1900

Minghui Li (Central China Normal University) (V)

Modern Midwifery and Maternal Mortality in Urban China, 1920s-1940s

Anne Booth (SOAS, University of London) (V)

Natural Capital, Resources and Economic Growth: Why have Southeast Asian Countries been Out-performed by Resource-scarce Northeast Asia? Countries been Out-performed by Resource-scarce Northeast Asia?

(Room 803)

Parallel Session C2

Coping with the Periphery: Governance Strategies in the Early Modern Ottoman, Chinese and Mughal States 

*Safya Morshed (LSE - London School of Economics)

The Role of Intermediaries in the State Capacity Development of Mughal South Asia (1574-1658)

Yasin Arslantas (Anadolu University) (V)

Corruption or Institutional Innovation? The Sale of Public Offices in the Ottoman Empire, 16th-19th Centuries

Ziang Liu (LSE - London School of Economics) (V)

Governing by Targets-  Tax distribution, Centralised Minimalism, and State Capacity in 18th century China

(Room 802)

Parallel Session C3

Transportation and Development

Christopher Paik (New York University Abu Dhabi)

Up in the Highlands: Ancient Nomadic Corridors and Long-run Economic Development

Jongryong Park (Seoul National University)

Transportation and Persistent Dominance of Large Cities: Highways and Internal Migration during Industrialization of South Korea, 1960 – 1995

*Alfonso Herranz-Loncán (University of Barcelona)

Railways and economic growth in Colonial India: new estimates from commodity freight

20th Floor Banquet Hall

Enjoy Thai cuisine and traditional Thai dance with a backdrop of Bangkok at night.

Conference Dinner

December 10, 2022

Day 2

(Room 702)

Parallel Session D1

Indian Political Economy

Alexander Persaud (University of Richmond) (V)

Migration, mortality, and moral hazard in British Guiana, 1873-1883

Susan Wolcott (Binghamton University) (V)

Caste and Landlessness in India at Independence

Anil Menon (University of Michigan) (V)

Conflict and gender norms: Evidence from India

(Room 803)

Parallel Session D2

Silver, Sold People, and Seizures of Assets in Ming-Qing China

Nora Yitong Qiu (LSE - London School of Economics) (V)

Power and Identity in the Qing Empire: A Study of the Political and Economic Life of the Elites through Confiscation Inventories 1700-1912

Chenxi Luo (Washington University in St. Louis) (V)

The Sexual Economy of the Eight Banners: The Human Market in the Early Qing Empire, 1606-1722

Hanping Li (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) (V)

Silver as Metaphor: Vernacular Jokes and the Influx of Silver in the Late Ming

(Room 802)

Parallel Session D3

The Very Long Run

Zhiwu Chen (University of Hong Kong)

Even prehistory never dies:  The persistent impact of Neolithic development on China

Alessandra Tagini (University of Tuebingen)

A Game of Bones: State Capacity, Security, and Welfare in Southwest Asia from 10,000 BCE to 400 BCE

*Joerg Baten (University of Tuebingen)

Elite violence and elite numeracy in Southwest Asia and North Africa from 500 CE to 1900 CE

(7th floor corridor)

Coffee Break

(Room 702)

Parallel Session E1

Eight centuries of Chinese living standards - Wage, GDP, and Productivity

Zhao Dong (University of Oxford) (V)

Chinese Agricultural Development and Output Per Capita 1161-1330

Runzhuo Zhai (University of Oxford)

Toward the Great Divergence: Economic Growth in Yangzi Delta, 1393-1953

*Ziang Liu (LSE - London School of Economics)

Wages, Labour Market, and Living Standards in China, 1530-1840

(Room 803)

Parallel Session E2

State and Fiscal Capcity

Haikun Zhan (University of Melbourne)

Central Administration and the Rise of Local Institutions: Evidence from Imperial China

*Mark Hup (Peking University)

Labor Coercion, Fiscal Modernization, and State Capacity: Evidence from Colonial Indonesia

Hanzhi Deng (Fudan University) (V)

Reexamine the Restoration: Fiscal Capacity and Industrialization in Modern China, 1860-1930

(Room 802)

Parallel Session E3

Gender and Welfare

Sophia Jung (University of Tuebingen)

Male and female heights during the great health transition in Asia

Bishnupriya Gupta (University of Warwick)

Missing Women in Colonial India

*Panarat Anamwathana (Thammasat University)

Working conditions of women factory laborers in industrializing Thailand 1960-1990s 

(Room 701)


(Room 702)

Parallel Session F1

Trade in the Peripheries and Family Firms

Song Yuan (Zhejiang University) (V)

The Cultural Origins of Family Firms

Shulamit Ron (Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies) (V)

The global wool trade in the 16th century and its effect on the rise and fall of remote economies: The test case of Safed

Boyu Fang (University Carlos III of Madrid) (V)

Trading forces and Chinese immigrant population in the Far East waters in early modern times: 1500-1860

(Room 803)

Parallel Session F2

Religion and Culture

Yatish Arya (Ashoka University)

Resisting Modernisation under Foreign Occupation: The Role of Religious Identity

Chicheng Ma (University of Hong Kong)

Classicism and Modern Growth: The Shadow of the Sages

*Shuhui Zhou (University of Washington)

From Sacred Red to Communist Red: Vernacular Reforms in the Lawless Frontier of Southwest China

(Room 802)

Parallel Session F3

Divergence and Convergence

Stephen Broadberry (University of Oxford)

Regional variation of GDP per head within China, 1080-1850: Implications for the Great Divergence debate

Jean-Pascal Bassino (ENS Lyon)

The First East Asian Economic Miracle: Wages, Living Standards and Foundations of Modern Economic  Growth in Southeast Asia, 1880-1938

*Montserrat Lopez Jerez (University of St. Andrews)

The economic phoenix of Asia: growth and shrinking in Vietnam

(7th floor corridor)

Coffee Break

(Room 802)

Panel Discussion

Panel discussion on publishing in Asian Economic History

Bishnupriya Gupta (Editor, Journal of Economic History)

Alfonso Herranz-Loncán (Editor, Economic History of Developing Regions)

Florian Ploeckl (Associate Editor, Australian Economic History Review)

Duol Kim (Special Issue Editor, Australian Economic History Review)

Moderator: Jessica Vechbanyongratana (Chulalongkorn University)

(Room 802)

Closing remarks by Jessica Vechbanyongratana, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University

Closing Remarks

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