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CFP: Siena FRESH Workshop 2024-The race between knowledge and living standards

On 19 and 20 September 2024 the Department of Economics and Statistics of the University of Siena will host a FRESH workshop on:

The race between knowledge and living standards

The aim of the workshop is to offer to graduate students and junior scholars the opportunity to present and discuss their work in an informal and friendly environment providing constructive feedback and support. The keynote speaker for the meeting will be Leandro Prados de La Escosura (Emeritus Professor at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and CEPR Research Fellow). Submissions dealing with main themes of the meeting are encouraged, but the organizers welcome contributions on all issues related to economic history. Potential topics include:

  •  Human capital (basic vs upper-tail education, vocational and technical schooling)

  •  Real wages (methodology and estimates)

  •  Gender inequality (education, wages, labour-force participation, missing girls)

  •  Innovation (patent data, inventors)

  •  Health (life expectancy, heights)

The organizers aim to include around 12 speakers. Meals and coffee breaks will be provided by the local hosts, whereas accommodation and transport will need to be covered by the participants – who are expected to attend the whole workshop.

Submission of proposals

Researchers interested in presenting should send an abstract of max. 500 words or a full paper, as well as a brief (1-2 page) CV, to both and in one single pdf file. Early career scholars and researchers from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in academia are especially encouraged to apply.


30 April: deadline for submitting proposals

15 May: communication of accepted papers

19-20 September: the Siena FRESH Workshop takes place

Full papers can be circulated among the participants, but it is not a requirement.

This meeting is organized by Gabriele Cappelli, Leonardo Ridolfi, and Michelangelo Vasta (University of Siena) in association with the Frontier Research in Economic and Social History series (FRESH-organizer Anna Missiaia). For more information about FRESH meetings, please see This meeting is made possible thanks to funding made available by the Department of Economics and Statistics of the University of Siena, as well as the European Historical Economics Society (EHES). The workshop is also supported by the following research projects funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research:

  1. Lost Highway – Skills, technology and trade in Italian economic growth, 1815-2020

  2. EDIT – Economic Development in Italy from the Middle Ages to Today: a Regional Perspective

  3. TRACIN – Tracing the roots of human capital inequality in early-modern Italy, 17th-19th centuries

  4. CHART – Industrialization in France and Britain: a new comparative economic history (1700-1913)

The scientific committee includes Michelangelo Vasta (University of Siena), Anna Missiaia (University of Gothenburg), and Alessandro Nuvolari (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies).


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