Economic History Association

The Economic History Association (EHA) was founded in 1940 to "encourage and promote teaching, research, and publication on every phase of economic history and to help preserve and administer materials for research in economic history". It publishes The Journal of Economic History with the Cambridge University Press, holds an annual meeting that usually takes place in September, and awards prizes and grants.[2] It is also the home to the EH.Net Encyclopedia of Economic and Business History.[3]

Economic History Association
Formation1940 (1940)
HeadquartersDepartment of Economics, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse[1]
Executive Director
Michael Haupert
President (2017–2018)
Cormac Ó Gráda[1]
Price Fishback[1]


There are more than 1,000 EHA members worldwide,[2] and composed of faculty and graduate students from universities around the world, as well as economists in the private sector and in government.

Michael Haupert of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is the Executive Director, and Cormac Ó Gráda is the President.[4] Previous EHA Presidents include Oxford's Robert C. Allen, Vanderbilt's Jeremy Atack, UC Berkeley's Barry Eichengreen, Yale's Naomi Lamoreaux, as well as Economics Nobel Laureates Robert Fogel and Douglass North.

Prizes and grantsEdit

The Economic History Association supports research through Arthur H. Cole grants-in-aid and awards prizes for publications, dissertations, and teaching, as well as fellowships and grants for students of economic history.

It awards several prizes for publications:[5]

  • Arthur Cole Prize: best article published in The Journal of Economic History each year
  • Alice Hanson Jones prize: for the best book published biennially in American economic history
  • Gyorgi Ranki prize: best book published biennially in non-American economic history
  • Allan Nevins prize: best dissertation on American or Canadian economic history, awarded on behalf of Columbia University Press[6]
  • Alexander Gerschenkron prize: best dissertation in non-American economic history
  • Jonathan Hughes Prize: for superior teaching
  • Engerman-Goldin Prize: biennial prize for contributions to economic history made in the previous five years. It is the EHA's newest award and whose first award will be disbursed in 2018.[7]

The society also provides grants to support the early stages of dissertation work in economic history and fellowships to support students finishing their dissertations on the topic. Two Kenneth Sokoloff fellowships are awarded by the EHA each year to students finishing their dissertations in economic history.

Annual conferencesEdit

EHA's annual conference is held each September in North America. The 2018 meeting took place in Montreal, with the theme "‘From Plague, Famine, and War, Save us, O Lord’ Shocks and Disasters in Economic History".[8] The 2019 conference in Atlanta was themed "Markets and Governments in Economic History."[9] According to the normal schedule submissions for consideration for the 2020 conference will be due in January 2020.

In partnership with American Economic Association, EHA has designated sessions at the annual ASSA conference each January.[10]


  1. ^ a b c "2017-2018 EHA Officers and Board of Trustees". EHA. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Publisher Description: Economic History Association". JSTOR. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Encyclopedia". EH.Net Encyclopedia of Economic and Business History. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  4. ^ "About the Economic History Association". Economic History Association. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Prizes". Economic History Association. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  6. ^ "The Allan Nevins Prize in American Economic History". Economic History Association. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Engerman-Goldin Prize". Economic History Association. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Economic History Association 2018 Annual Meeting". Economic History Association. 25 October 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  9. ^ Economic History Association 2019 Annual Meeting
  10. ^ "Call for papers for EHA sessions at 2014 ASSA". Archived from the original on 2013-09-23. Retrieved 2013-09-21.