BETHANY, W.Va. – The Online Economic History Workshop created by a Bethany College professor will return July 27 and 28 for its second year. The theme is “Reconciliation after Division.”

Dr. Aaron Honsowetz, associate professor of economics, launched the workshop last year when the COVID-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions limited opportunities for researchers to present their work.

The workshop’s goal is to make economic history research more accessible by removing the need to travel for presenters and the audience to attend the conference.

The Online Economic History Workshop will live-stream at noon July 27 and 28 on the workshop’s YouTube channel.

The focus of the July 27th panel is “Who You Know: Personal Connections & Reconciliation.”

Toke S. Adit of the University of Cambridge, Jean Lacroix of the Université Paris-Saclay, and Pierre-Guillaume Méon of Université libre de Bruxelles will lead off the workshop with “The Origins of Elite Persistence: Evidence from Political Purges in post-World War II France.

Then Michela Giorcelli of the University of California, Los Angeles, and Bo Li of Tsinghua University will present “Technology Transfer and Early Industrial Development: Evidence from the Sino-Soviet Alliance.”

The July 28th panel will turn attention to “Damaged Good: Reconciliation after Occupation & War.” Ana Tur-Prats of the University of California, Merced, and Felipe Valencia Caicedo of the University of British Columbia will present “The Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War.”

Mario Cannella of Northwestern University, Alexey Makarin of Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance, and Ricardo Pique of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania will wrap the workshop with “The Political Legacy of Nazi Annexation.”


Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia. The Bethany experience focuses on academic excellence in the area of liberal arts and prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.