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Call for papers: Network Analysis in Economic History

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Ainhoa de Federico <[log in to unmask]>

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Network Analysis in Economic History

Universitat Auònoma de Barcelona, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
Bellaterra (Spain) January 27th to 29th 2005


"Networks" is a concept that has been
increasingly used throughout the last two decades
in social sciences, particularly in Economics and
Economic History, first in the English-speaking
world but also in more recent times in other
academic and cultural institution of America,
Asia and Europe. Moreover, the theoretical study
and applications of "network analysis" are also
the focus of an enormous amount of specialized
works from Sociology, Anthropology and Economic
Theory, thus revealing the multiple theoretical
and methodological approaches that "netwokr
analysis" make possible.

It is for these reasons that the Xth Symposium of
Economic History is focusing its attention in
"Networks", and more specifically in one of the
fundamental contributions the concept has
provided for Economic History: information and
transaction costs reduction, which is derived
from increased efficiendy in flows of information
and ressources -among individuals but also
between individuals and institutions (M.
Granovetter, R. Swedberg, M. Casson).

It is important to differentiate between
"Network" and "Organization" (M. Casson). The
concept of "Network" goes way beyond institutions
and organizations (either firms, commercial
housees, banks or hospitals).  "Networks" is a
tool that helps identify flows of information and
resources through formal or informal
organizations and institutions, particularly
significant in economic and social terms when
uncertainty is high.

Taking into account these definitions, "Networks"
are at the very center of either productive
activities (firm, trade, finances) or social
reproduction activities (like assistance and
welfare). Multidisciplinary approaches to Network
analysis allo the application of the theory to
different social and econonmic spheres like
entreprneurship, trade, finances, social welfare
initiatives and institutions,a mong others. These
are, precisely, the four major sections (and
sessions) in which the Xth Symposium of Economic
history will be organized, so that the
information-transaction costs reduction functions
of "Networks" will be better demonstrated.

Session 1. Entrepreneurial networks
Session 2. Trading webs
Session 3. Financial networks
Session 4. Welfare networks

For more information see: http://www.h-economica.uab.es/10simposioHE/index.html

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Dr. Ainhoa de Federico de la Rúa

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