Eastern European Economic History Hub

Eastern European Historiography primarily suffers from a lack of common methodologies and a tendency to publish only in the local languages. The purpose of the Eastern European Economic History Hub is to facilitate the debate on the economic development of (broadly defined) Eastern Europe by promoting novel methodological advancements and connecting peers writing about the region from the ‘Eastern’ and ‘Western’ perspectives.
The Hub intends to cater for these needs by providing:
- Notice board for the relevant events and news
- Platform for on-line publications of datasets
- Selection of Working Papers
- Periodic workshops
2 Post-Doctoral Researchers in Economic History (3-year fixed term)

Salary: up to 44,000 EUR per annum

Bocconi University in Milan seeks to employ two postdoctoral researchers in economic history as part the research project "Spoils of War: The Economic Consequences of the Great War in Central Europe" financed by the European Commission Horizon 2020 Program. The project investigates the impact of World War I on regional economic development and industrial organization in the Habsburg Empire and its successor states, using modern methods in historical economic geography and comparative business history. 

Scientific Coordinator: Dr Tamás Vonyó 

Host institution: Dondena Center, Bocconi University

Both positions require a completed PhD in economic history or economics and are tenable for maximum 3 years starting from 1/3/2019 (flexible). We offer a very competititve salary. Successful applicants from outside of Italy, who are not fiscal residents in Italy, are entitled to ninety-percent abatement on income tax for the duration of the research contracts. 

For further details necessary to complete the application, please see the official job advert of Bocconi University following this link:


Applications must be submitted using the application form on the last page of the job advert. Please send applications, incl. all the required documents, by email to recruiting_ricerca@unibocconi.it no later than 5 p.m. on 1/12/2018. We aim to interview the best candidates via Skype before 20/12/2018.

If you have any question about the positions or the application process, please contact Dr Tamás Vonyó at tamas.vonyo@unibocconi.it

WEast workshop:

'Understanding the economic past of Eastern Europe' 

Faculty of Humanities at the Pedagogical University of Cracow

Cracow, Poland

 14-15 June 2019 

Keynote speakers:

Joerg Baten (University of Tübingen) 

Tomáš Cvrček (University College London) 


Deadline: 1 January 2019

One of the biggest challenges faced by the social sciences is to understand why certain regions of the world have become richer than others. Economic history can provide valuable insights. To broaden our understanding of both past and present drivers of prosperity, the participant of the workshop will share ideas about the unique historical circumstances of the Central, Eastern, and South-Eastern European Countries. These new insights can be drawn from examining their tumultuous and complex histories, as well as their untapped sources of historical data. This may concern several developmental factors, endowments, geography, institutions, and even culture, in different time periods.
The prime objective of the WEast workshop in Cracow is to facilitate communicatio
n between scholars from the ‘East’ and the ‘West’ working in the broad realm of Eastern European economic and social history in order to share their research and to encourage exchange of knowledge about available sources of data and state-of-the-art methodologies.


In this spirit, organizers from the Faculty of Humanities at the Pedagogical University of Cracow invite both graduate students and established researchers to submit their scientific work. We welcome research dealing with any aspects of the economic and social history of Central Eastern, and  South-Eastern Europe. Both quantitative and qualitative approaches to the problem are welcome.


Scholars wishing to participate should email an extended abstract (max 2 pages) along with a short academic CV to Bartosz Ogórek (bartosz.ogorek@up.krakow.pl) no later than 1 January 2019. Selected participants will be informed by 1 February. There is no participation fee for this meeting, but participants are expected to cover their own costs of travel, and accommodation. Successful young applicants whose universities are unable to cover travel expenses can apply for a small WEast travel allowance sponsored by the European Historical Economics Society.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Bartosz Ogórek (bartosz.ogorek@up.krakow.pl) or Mikołaj Malinowski (m.malinowski@uu.nl).


Local organizers:

Bartosz Ogórek

WEast organizers:

Mikołaj Malinowski, Tamás Vonyó, and Jacob Weisdorf

The Faculty of History of the Lomonosov Moscow State University and the International WAGE Project, in collaboration with the International Labour Office and the MESHS Lille (France), are organizing an international symposium on

"Wages in the USSR, Russia, Central and Eastern Europe since 1950s"

on 27 and 28 April 2018,

at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia.
Center for Economic History, Moscow,

The main themes of the symposium are:
1. Evolution of average wages and their modalities of dispersion since the 1950s / 60s including post-socialist period
2. Analysis of wage differentiation in the pay-scale and of relations between skills and wages (also for young people and women).
3. Reflection about the wage strategy of socialist or post-socialist States or public authorities, of companies (also small private companies) and of household (school-strategy for children e.g.): wage hierarchy, skill premium, manpower mobility etc. 

Comparison with Western countries will be welcome

Interested researchers, colleagues and doctoral candidates are invited to contact the organizers before 15 March 2018, and send a paper proposal (short summary of less than one page) with a CV.

- Submission of paper proposals: before 15 March 2018
- Finalization of the proposals selection: 22 March 2018
- Symposium: 27-28 April 2018

Submissions (including summary containing 300-500 words) should be sent jointly to the organizers:
Prof. Leonid Borodkin, Moscow University, lborodkin@mail.ru 
Prof. Michel-Pierre Chélini, Université d'Artois :  mpchelini@gmail.com 
All the logistics details could be clarified by Prof. Leonid Borodkin
Proceedings of symposium will be published either by Peter Lang AG (Switzerland) or Cambridge Scholars (UK) by the end of 2018. Papers should be ready for peer review by June 15, 2018. 

Language: English

WEast workshop in Vienna
1-2 June 2018
Deadline for applications 1 January 2018
CfP  is available here

CFP: The Economic Elite of Ukraine from a Comparative Historical Perspective
Submission deadline: February 1, 2018
Information about the special issue can be found here.

Call For Papers
Family, Kinship, and Historical Data: An International Workshop on Recent Developments in East-Central and Southeast Europe
Organizer: Centre for Population Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca,
25th – 26th of August, 2017

The programme of the WEast Bucharest 2017 event is available here.

 The European graduate School for Training in Economic and Social Historical Research (ESTER) together with the WEast Initiative will organize an annual Research Design Course (RDC) for economic and social historians. The event will take place on 6 – 8 November in Cracow (Poland). The RDC assists Phd students in setting up a high quality and well-designed plan for their dissertation under the guidance of a team of leading senior researchers whose task it is to provide comments and lead discussions. Doctoral students working on all topics and geographical areas are welcome to apply. 

New researchers working on economic history of east and central Europe or located in the area are especially encouraged.
The deadline of applications is the 19th of May. The call for papers can be found here.



Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague calls for papers to be presented at a two-day conference for financial historians, economists and numismatiS

ts. The purpose of the conference is to provide insight into questions connected with financial crises during the Middle Ages and early modern period. Historical, economic and monetary factors related to financial crises will be discussed. Papers proposing a comparative approach are especially welcome. Confirmed speakers include Prof. Peter Spufford, University of Cambridge, who will be delivering the keynote speech.


Venue, board and lodging:

Residence of the Ministery of Education, Youth and Sports, Foreign Service House, Prague 1, Dlouha 17,http://www.rezidencedlouha17.cz/EN/EN_index.html

Submission deadline: 31 March 2017

Please send short abstracts of your papers to zaoral@post.cz


The Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) and partner institutions organize a conference on the quality of life and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities in post-transition economies. Papers included in the conference will be considered for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Comparative Economics. The conference is scheduled for September 14-15, 2017 in Kyiv.

A tentative list of topics includes (but is not limited to) subjective wellbeing (e.g., happiness, social inclusion, satisfaction with life as a whole and its various aspects), potential determinants of wellbeing (e.g., health, poverty, standards of living, age, inequality, discrimination, migration, displacement, working conditions) and social structures/policies affecting population wellbeing (e.g. safety net, social assistance, healthcare).

If you are interested, please submit your paper or an extended abstract to conference2017@kse.org.ua by March 1, 2017. Authors of papers selected for the conference will be notified by April 1, 2017. Final drafts of the papers must be submitted by August 15, 2017.

Applications for travel grants will be considered for conference participants who need financial support.

Inquiries may be sent to the organizers: Olena Nizalova (University of Kent, o.nizalova@kent.ac.uk), Yuriy Gorodnichenko (UC Berkeley,ygorodni@econ.berkeley.edu), Tymofiy Mylovanov (University of Pittsburgh and KSE, mylovanov@kse.org.ua).

Tenure-Track Position "Economic and Social History of the Late Medieval and Early Modern Period" at the University of Vienna
Deadline for applications is 28 February 2017.
The Vacancy is available here 

WEast workshop in Bucharest
19-20 May 2017
Deadline for applications 15 February 2017
CfP  is available here    

WEast Workshop

Economy and Society in Eastern & Central Europe

Workshop in economic history and development

London, 3 – 4 April 2017

Keynote speaker: Mark Harrison, University of Warwick


Deadline: Friday 4th November 2016


Call for Papers
All the deliberations during the WEast workshop in Moscow on 2nd and 3rd of September will be available to watch online in real time.
TIMETABLE of the main events (MSK time):
September 2
09:00 - 09:40 
Welcome address 
Jacob Weisdorf (University of South Denmark, WEast) 
Oleg Zamulin (NRU HSE, Dean of the Faculty of Economic Sciences), 
Alexander Kamenskii (HSE, Head of the School of History), 
A representative from Ebert Foundation
September 3
Keynote lecture 1.
Tracy K. Dennison (California Institute of Technology). 
"The 'two cultures' and the economic history of Eastern Europe."
Keynote lecture 2.
Leandro Prados de la Escosura (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
“Spanish economic growth over the very long run (1270-2015): Are there any lessons for European economic history?”
Chair: Leandro Prados de la Escosura (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
Participants: Leonid I. Borodkin, Tracy K.Dennison, Revold M. Entov, Leandro Prados de la Escosura, Andrei Markevich, Adrian A. Selin

Program of WEast Meeting in Moscow in September 2016 is now available  

Call for Papers

Econometric Research in Finance (ERFIN) workshop (http://conference.erfin.org), hosted by Warsaw School of Economics (Szkoła Główna Handlowa w Warszawie). The workshop will be held in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday September 16, 2016.

Deadline: June 30, 2016

Conference web page: http://conference.erfin.org.

8th Joint IOS/APB/EACES Summer Acad
WEast Workshop:
 Understanding economic growth and development  in Central and Eastern Europe
National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE),  Moscow
2-3 September 2016

Call for Papers

Deadline: 31 March 2016

8th Joint IOS/APB/EACES Summer Academy on Central and Eastern Europe

Path Dependencies in Economic and Social Development: Institutions, Behavior, and Outcomes

June 15-17, 2016, Tutzing, Germany

Submission deadline: April 1, 2016. 

Organized by the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS Regensburg) in cooperation with the Akademie für Politische Bildung Tutzing (APB) and the European Association for Comparative Economic Studies (EACES)

We invite Ph.D. students and post-docs from economics and cognate disciplines to submit extended abstracts or full papers. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Cultural, economic, and institutional legacies of empires, socialist regimes, and wars
  • Long-run persistence of values and attitudes
  • Determinants of individual socioeconomic outcomes and behavior
  • Spatial and historical determinants of economic policies and development
  • Economic reforms in (post-)transition countries

Preference will be given to papers focusing on Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Sascha O. Becker (University of Warwick, UK)
  • Lawrence Peter King (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Theocharis Grigoriadis (Free University of Berlin, Germany)
  • Eric M. Uslaner (University of Maryland, USA)

Submissions should include a short CV and an extended abstract (maximum 2,000 words) or a full paper. Submissions are invited online via the IOS application tool at http://www.ios-regensburg.de/veranstaltungen/summer‐academy.html. For further information, please contact summeracademy@ios-regensburg.de

WEast Workshop:
 Economics and Institutions in History
Univeristy of Economics in Prague 
1-2 July 2016

Call for Papers

Deadline: 31 January 2016

Call for Papers
Special issue of the Economic History of Developing Regions on the economic history of Eastern Europe 
CfP is available here

Call for Applications
“Managing and Organizing in Contexts of Change”
A Paper Development Workshop for PhD Students and Early Career Scholars in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), co-sponsored by European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), Organization & Management Theory (OMT) Division of the Academy of Management, and Organization Studies
29-30 October 2015 University of Warsaw
CfP is available here
The interdisciplinary Max Planck graduate school for the Anthropology, Archaeology and History of Eurasia (IMPRS ANARCHIE) in Halle is searching for doctoral students with a focus on economic or demographic history, regionally on "Eurasian" projects which may include any part of Eurasia between Portugal and Japan.

German Economic History Conference

March 11–14, 2015 in Münster (Germany).

Venue: Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Fürstenberghaus, Domplatz 20–22, 48143 Münster.

The conference programme is available online at http://hicks.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/vfs/

Program of WEast Meeting in Budapest in January 2015 is now available 

After long and grave illness Professor Jacek Kochanowicz passed away on 2 October 2014. 
See the last lecture of the Professor HERE
Report on the EHES Summer School in Berlin published on the Positivie Check EHES Blog
Content of the Summer School
Lecture slides of Matthias Morys  on Business cycles: Concepts, measurement, case studies
Paper by Flora Macher on The Hungarian twin crisis of 1931

REPORT “State and economic freedom. Theory and practice of transition”
The aim of this report is to present and evaluate the changes which have taken place in institutions of 28 transition countries after 1989. Institutions are here understood as formal rules, including procedural and regulatory institutional solutions determining the economic and political structure of a country. Bearing this in mind, the report provides an analysis of the political system (democracy or dictatorship) and the efficiency of the state institutions, i.e. whether they ensure economic freedom and good governance. Also institutional solutions created by states were analysed, with focus on two areas particularly important for the economy: the labour market and the banking sector.
WEast Workshop:

Historical sources of development in Central and Eastern Europe



Central European University (CEU), Budapest,

9-10 January 2015



Call for Papers

Deadline: 14 October 2014

Report on the WEast Belgrade meeting published on the Positivie Check EHES Blog

European Summer School in Economic History
Humboldt University, Berlin, 1-5 September 2014
Catching up or falling behind? Institutions, geography and economic development of Eastern Europe in the long-run.
Deadline: 30th May 2014

Cliometrics of Transition
Special Issue of the Poznań University of Economics Review

Welcomed topics:
- methodological analysis of the transition processes;
- transition from central planning to capitalism: early stage transition crisis, inflation, economic policy, convergence;
- big transition with intermediate steps: from feudalism through socialism to capitalism;
- demographic transitions.

Deadline for paper submission: 30 June 2014;
Notification of the first review: 31 July;
Submission of the revised papers: 31 August;
Notification of the re-review: 30 September;
Deadline for the minor revision: 15 October;
Final notification: 20 October;
Submission of the final version: 15 November;
Expected publication date: Late Autumn/Early Winter 2014.

Journal of Karazin Kharkov National University.

Symposium on "Technology in Times of Transitions", 29 July - 2 August, 2014 in Brasov, Romania
Please, visit the website of the symposium where you will find the Call for Papers and additional information. See:http://www.icohtec.org/brasov2014/

You may submit proposals of full sessions, individual papers as well as posters with a one-page cv.

The deadline of submission is 3 February, 2014.

University of Oxford - Research Associates (4 posts): The
Jagiellonians, Memory and Identity in Central Europe

Belgrade WEast workshop, 5-6 July 2014 Belgrade
‘Understanding the Economic Development of Eastern Europe’
Deadline: end of January 2014

New Working Paper
East of Eden: Polish living standards in a European perspective, ca. 1500-1800
Malinowski, M.
Full text
Aug 2013

Upcomming Conference:
1-2 November 2013 Yale
Mini-conference on Russian Economic History at Yale

6-7 July 2013 Warsaw
Warsaw Frontier Research in Economic and Social History (FRESH) Meeting
‘Understanding the Economic Development of Eastern Europe’

New Online Dataset:
Authors: Dmitry Didenko, Péter Földvári and Bas van Leeuwen (see the Data section)

Upcomming Conference:
2014, January 23-24, Warsaw, Poland
Applications due: 2013, August 31

Upcomming Conference:
2013, April 18-19, Marburg, Germany

New Online Dataset:
Author: Nikolaus Wolf (see the Data section)