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Olivier Accominotti is Lecturer, London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE, United Kingdom. E-mail:

He wrote his dissertation at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris under the supervision of Marc Flandreau.

1 Einzig, Tragedy.

2 Nurkse, International Currency Experience; Eichengreen, Golden Fetters; Johnson, Gold, France; and Bernanke and Mihov, “Deflation and Monetary Contraction.”

3 See Mouré, Managing the Franc and Gold Standard Illusion.

4 A revised version of this chapter has been published in Accominotti, “Sterling Trap.”

5 See Cairncross and Eichengreen, Sterling in Decline; and Eichengreen, Golden Fetters.

6 Moggridge, British Monetary Policy.

7 Williamson, National Crisis.

8 Eichengreen and Jeanne, “Currency Crisis.”

9 Morton, British Finance; Williams, “1931 Financial Crisis”; Sayers, Bank of England; Temin, “Transmission” and James, End of Globalization and Creation and Destruction.

10 Capie, Mills, and Wood, “What Happened in 1931?”; and Billings and Capie, “Financial Crisis.”

11 This mechanism has been described by Calvo, “Capital Flows”; and Calvo, Izquierdo, and Talvi, “Sudden Stops.”

Peter Koudijs is Assistant Professor in Finance, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Knight Management Center, Stanford University, 655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 94305-7298. E-mail:

He wrote his dissertation at the University Pompeu Fabra under the supervision of Hans-Joachim Voth. In addition to his advisor, he wishes to express his gratitude to Fernando Broner and Jaume Ventura (committee members), Harry Garretsen, Floor Koudijs, Larry Neal, David and Christina Romer, Jan de Vries, Jan Luiten van Zanden, and many others for their essential support during the process of writing his dissertation. Financial support from the Spanish and Dutch Ministries of Education, the Marie Curie Research Training Network “Unifying the European Experience,” the Dutch Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds, Utrecht University, University Pompeu Fabra and the EHA are gratefully acknowledged.

1 See O'Hara, Market Microstructure; Vives, Information and Learning; Hasbrouck, Empirical Market; and references therein

2 See Hasbrouck, Empirical Market, for an overview.

3 Neal, Rise of Financial Capitalism.

4 Hemmeon, History of British Post Office.

5 Sutherland, East India Company.

6 Kyle, “Continuous Auctions.”

7 Scholes, “Market for Securities.”

8 See Duffie, “Asset Price Dynamics”; and references therein.

Peter Zeitz is Assistant Professor, Department of Strategy and Policy, National University of Singapore Business School, Singapore. E-mail:

This dissertation was completed at the Department of Economics, University of California, Los Angeles, under the supervision of Naomi Lamoreaux. The author is grateful to Daniel Ackerberg, Leah Boustan, Greg Clark, Dora Costa, Naomi Lamoreaux, Jean-Laurent Rosenthal, and R. Bin Wong for advice and suggestions. The author acknowledges financial support from the National Science Foundation (Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant #0820584), the All-UC Pacific Rim Program, the Fulbright Program, and the UCLA Economic History Travel Grants Program.

1 Cochran, Encountering Chinese Networks.

Trevor M. Kollmann is Research Fellow, School of Economics and Finance, Faculty of Law and Management, La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC 3086, Australia. E-mail:

This dissertation was completed at University of Arizona, Tucson under the supervision of Price Fishback.

1 Gordon, Mapping Decline, p. 70.

2 Ibid., pp. 70–71.

3 Brooks, “Covenants & Conventions”; and Gordon, Mapping Decline.

4 “Errors in Variables.”

5 Abrams, Forbidden Neighbors, pp. 229–30.

6 See Whatley, “Labor for the Picking”; and Myrdal, American Dilemma, pp. 259–61.

7 Forbidden Neighbors.

8 Courtemanche and Snowden, “Repairing a Mortgage Crisis”; and Fishback et al., “Influence of the Home Owners'.”

9 Unskilled Wage Earner, pp. 7–9.

10 Committee on Banking and Currency, Federal Housing Programs.

11 History of Housing, pp. 237–38.

12 “General Framework.”

Juan Manuel Puerta is Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Central European University, 9 Nador u., 1051 Budapest, Hungary. E-mail:

This dissertation was completed at Universitat Pompeu Fabra under the supervision of Hans-Joachim Voth.

1 Lucas, “Economic Development.”

2 Galor and Weil, “Population.”

3 As in Becker, Treatise; and Becker and Lewis, “Interaction.”

4 For a comprehensive summary of the UGT and the different “triggers” of self-sustained growth, see Galor, “Stagnation to Growth.”

5 The Princeton European Fertility Project (EFP) studied the pattern of fertility decline in Europe. See Coale and Watkins, Decline of Fertility, for the original conclusions and Brown and Guinnane, “Two Statistical Problems,” for a methodological criticism.

6 World Bank, “Niger Poverty Assessment.”

Katharine L. Shester is Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA 24450. E-mail:

This dissertation was completed at Vanderbilt University in 2011 under the supervision of William J. Collins (Chair), Jeremy Atack, Malcolm Getz, Cindy D. Kam, and John J. Siegfried.

1 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Statistical Yearbook.

2 U.S. Housing and Home Finance Agency, Federal Laws.

3 Husock, Housing Mistake; and Meehan, Quality of Federal Policymaking.

4 Recent work has examined the effects of public housing on the concentration of poverty (e.g., Carter, Schill, and Wachter, “Polarization”; and Massey and Kanaiaupuni, “Public Housing”), property values (e.g., Lee, Culhane, and Wachter, “Differential Impacts”; and Rabiega, Lin, and Robinson, “Property Value Impacts”) and education (e.g., Currie and Yelowitz, “Are Public Housing Projects?”; and Jacob, “Public Housing”). However, much of this work is for the 1990s or later and often for large cities.

5 “Selection on Observed and Unobserved Variables.”

6 Staiger and Stock, “Instrumental Variables.”

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