Joint workshop on Large Data-sets in Economic History Research, Friday 22 February 2013

The Centre for Economic History is pleased to announce an upcoming workshop:

Centre for Economic History, University of Reading and Centre for Institutional Performance, University of Reading

 Joint workshop on Large Data-sets in Economic History Research

Friday 22 February 2013

Room 102, Palmer Building, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading

 The workshop will explore the scope for applying new statistical methods to the analysis of large historical data sets. Wide-ranging papers will examine many different applications of ‘big data’ to mainstream issues in historical research. Discussion will focus on formulating an emergent agenda for research in the field.

The workshop comprises ten papers of 30 minutes each (20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes discussion)

 9.15     Registration and coffee

10.00   Welcome and introduction: Mark Casson (Reading) and Nigar Hashimzade (Reading) (speaker MCC)

10.10   Statistical methods for the analysis of large data-sets: Nigar Hashimzade (Reading)

10.40   Long run price dynamics: the measurement of substitutability between commodities Mark Casson (Reading), Nigar Hasimzade (Reading) and Catherine Casson (Birmingham and Oxford) (presenter MCC)

11.10   Coffee

11.30   The Quantity Theory of Money in Historical Perspective: Nick Mayhew (Oxford)

12.00   Medieval foreign exchange and interest rates Adrian Bell (Reading), Chris Brooks (Reading) and Tone Moore (Reading) (presenter TBA)

12.30   Local property values in fourteenth and fifteenth century England Margaret Yates (Reading)

13.00   Lunch

14.00   The dynamics of social networks: The Liverpool Africa Committee Sheryllynne Haggerty (Nottingham), John Haggerty (Salford) and Mark Casson (Reading) (presenter JH)

14.30   Railways and local population growth: Mark Casson (Reading), Leigh Shaw-Taylor (Cambridge), A.E.M. Satchell (Cambridge) and E.A. Wrigley (Cambridge) (presenter TBA)

15.00   Women’s land ownership in nineteenth-century England: Janet Casson (Oxford)

15.30   Coffee

15.45   The diffusion of steam technology in England: Ploughing engines 1860-1930: Jane McCutchan (Reading)

16.15   Industrious burglars: funding consumption from property crime Jane Humphries (Oxford) and Sara Horrell (Cambridge) (presenter TBA)

16.45   Concluding discussion

17.00   Drinks reception

 18.15 Dinner at the Oracle

Whilst there is no charge for attendance at this workshop it is recommended that you register early to secure a place. Please contact Amanda Harvey by email

Lunch and coffees are included. Please advise us if you plan to attend the dinner. Dinner is free for visiting speakers (i.e. non-Reading paper authors and co-authors).