Methodological Advances in the Extraction and Analysis of Historical Data

Consumer finance and new technologies: research and practice

A conference sponsored by Explorations in Economic History

Friday, December 3rd, 2021

This Explorations in Economic History conference will highlight papers on new methodological tools for data creation, cleaning, and analysis.

Recent advances in traditional OCR, AI, machine learning, and computer vision, among other methods, are increasingly used to extract data from historical documents, transform these data into useable datasets, and analyze the resulting data. A more systematic discussion and distribution of these tools among economic historians would have broad-based benefits.

The conference will take place virtually on December 3rd, 2021. The keynote speaker will be Melissa Dell, Professor of Economics, Harvard University. With the authors’ permissions, accepted papers for the conference may be considered for publication in a special issue of Explorations in Economic History

Paper Submissions: Interested authors are invited to submit a 1-page abstract describing a methodological innovation of broad interest to economic historians, utilizing the link provided to the right. The abstract should briefly describe the innovation and its potential applications within economic history. The deadline for submissions is June 30th, 2021.

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Please contact Academic Events Coordinator Anthony Mangini with any questions.


Deadline for submission is June 30th, 2021.


Registration opens October 4th, 2021.