International Society for Quantitative History

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Economic Origins of Modern Science: Technology, Institutions, and the Market for Ideas

15:00 | Thursday, September 6, 2018

Asia Global Institute, MB 328, 3/F Main Building, HKU

English

Jeremiah Dittmar

Jeremiah Dittmar

Associate Professor of Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science

Jeremiah Dittmar of LSE explores how the introduction of Gutenberg’s printing press shocked the market for ideas and the labor market, increasing the returns to and quantity of science. Professor salaries increased significantly relative to skilled wages after printing diffused. Science professors enjoyed the largest salary increases, the share of university courses on scientific subjects increased, and graduates shifted towards scientific careers. Scientific activity and invention began to grow across cities, particularly where printing interacted with universities and political competition, which previously delivered limited support to science. These changes are not explained by prior economic or cultural trends and predate the Protestant Reformation.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Asia Global Institute, MB 328, 3/F Main Building, HKU

Jeremiah Dittmar

English

The Society decided to launch the Quantitative History Webinar Series in Spring 2020 through Zoom given the Covid-19 pandemic. We hereby thank the Asia Global Institute for hosting our Economic History Workshops from September 2018 to January 2020.

While we hope to resume in-person events as soon as the city can get beyond this pandemic, please stay tuned for further updates.

We thank the Asia Global Institute for organizing this workshop. 

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