International Society for Quantitative History

QH Webinar Series

Economic Geography Aspects of the Panama Canal

16:00 | Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Zoom Webinar

English

Stephan Maurer

Stephan Maurer

Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Konstanz

Marine, Thos. (Thomas), photographer / Public domain

Stephan Maurer and his coauthor studied how the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914 had changed market access and influenced the economic geography of the United States. They computed shipment cost-distances with and without the canal from each US county to each other US county and to international ports and computed the resulting change in market access. They found that a 1 percent increase in market access led to a total increase of population by around 4.5 percent in 1940. They computed similar elasticities for wages, land values and immigration from out of state. In this Quantitative History Webinar, Stephan will describe how they calculated their cost-distance matrix and explain their findings that tradable (manufacturing) industries react faster than non-tradable (service) industries.

Stephan's coauthor is Ferdinand Rauch (University of Oxford).

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Zoom Webinar

Stephan Maurer

English

The Quantitative History Webinar Series aims to provide researchers, teachers, and students with an online intellectual platform to keep up to date with the latest research in the field, promoting the dissemination of research findings and interdisciplinary use of quantitative methods in historical research. The Series, now in its third year, is co-organized by the International Society for Quantitative History, HKU Business School, and Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences. 量化歷史網上講座系列由香港大學陳志武和馬馳騁教授聯合發起,旨在介紹前沿量化歷史研究成果、促進同仁交流,推廣量化方法在歷史研究中的應用。本系列講座由國際量化歷史學會、香港大學經管學院和香港人文社會研究所全力支持和承辦。

Conveners: Professor Zhiwu Chen & Dr. Chicheng Ma (HKU Business School)

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