Time to rejoice: graduation

Professor Robert Margo with the mandolin and the band in action. 

Local events in history/economic history

  • April 6: Tymon Słoczyński (Brandeis University) "Landscape Change and Market Integration in Ancient Greece: Evidence from Pollen Data". Fascinating talk, although one could ask a few questions. Ask Tymon for his paper (with coauhors). The study of periods before 1000 CE is undergoing a revolution because of the new combination of different sciences. All this is very exciting for the people who are in it. Check out also Michael McCormick and his large team.

Changing the view on the public finance system of Philip II (and on the asientos)

 At this stage, it seems that almost all the work on the finances of Philip II that has been published in the economic journals for the past thirty years has been deeply flawed for two reasons: templates have been taken of the shelf from some theoretical economic models to be misplaced on historical events, leading to incorrect interpretations; most of the data collection has not been verifiable and  thus departs from the requirements in other areas of scientific investigation. Much quantitative information that has recently been published has turned out to be contradicted by the archival documents. Carlos (center of photograph with Sir John Elliott and me in Salamanca, September 8, 2017) and provide all our data. The role of asientos in the finances of Philip II, who led the superpower of his time, is being reevaluated.