201906nov4:30 pm6:00 pmNaomi Lamoreaux, Yale UniversityGeneral Laws and the Transformation of Government in the Mid-Nineteenth-Century United StatesSeries:Economic History Workshop,Public Policy & Finance
Paper to be posted. Location is 211 Dickinson Hall. General histories of the United States focus almost exclusively on developments at the national level. Lamoreaux shifts the focus back to the
Paper to be posted. Location is 211 Dickinson Hall.
General histories of the United States focus almost exclusively on developments at the national level. Lamoreaux shifts the focus back to the states by reexamining aspects of economic development that the states are conventionally acknowledged to have led—the creation of a banking system, the construction of transportation infrastructure, the promotion of corporations. The political backlash these activities provoked forced states to rewrite their constitutions to require that laws be general in their application. As Lamoreaux shows, these mandates dramatically transformed the way government worked, ushering in both the modern regulatory state and modern interest-group politics.
Lamoreaux is Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics and Professor of History at Yale University and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She received her Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins in 1979 and has taught at Brown and the University of California, Los Angeles. She has written The Great Merger Movement in American Business, 1895-1904 and Insider Lending: Banks, Personal Connections, and Economic Development in Industrial New England, edited eight other books, and published numerous articles on business, economic, and financial history. She also co-edited the Journal of Economic History from 1992 to 1996. Lamoreaux has been elected president of the Business History Conference and the Economic History Association and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Cliometrics Society. She has been awarded the Alice Hanson Jones book prize, the Henrietta Larson, PEAES, and Arthur Cole article prizes, the Harold Williamson Prize for an outstanding business historian in mid-career, the Cliometrics award for exceptional support to that field, and the Business History Conference’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
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211 Dickinson Hall