African Economic History

Seminar or event series

The African Economic History Seminar began in January 2017; as far as we know, the only regular research seminar dedicated to the subject anywhere in the world (we would be delighted to be corrected!). The presenters illustrate the breadth of the field, in both subject and method. Each year we have four or five meetings, solely or mostly in the Lent term (mid-January to mid-March). Papers are often circulated for reading in advance, to people who commit to attending the seminar.

The convenors are grateful for the support of the G. M. Trevelyan Fund.

Our 2021 meetings, in January-March, were all online. We were delighted to be joined by many people not physically in Cambridge.

For Zoom meetings, to receive the link -- and the paper, if available -- you need to subscribe to the seminar email list; to do so, see under ‘At A Glance’, and please remember to give your first and last names and any institutional or company affiliation.



From Oil Shocks to Structural Adjustment in Two African Beverage-Crop Economies: Ghana and Kenya Compared, 1973-1983

Gareth Austin (King’s, Cambridge)

Capital and colonialism: The return on British investments in Africa 1869-1969

Klas Rönnbäck (Gothenburg)

Measuring historical income inequality in Africa: What can we learn from social tables?

Ellen Hillbom (Lund)
Jutta Bolt (Lund)
Michiel de Haas (Wageningen)
Frederico Tadei (Barcelona)

A history of rubber production in Africa

Reuben Loffman (Queen Mary, University of London)

African entrepreneurship: the fetish of personal responsibility

Moses Ochonu (Vanderbilt University, Nashville)
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Banner image by Emiliano Travieso, Addis Ababa, 2019