Economics and Business History Society Conference Coming to Detroit

The Economics and Business History Society’s 44th annual conference will take place June 5-8 at the Fort Shelby Hotel in downtown Detroit. This year’s theme is Manufacturing and the City. Last year’s conference was held in Finland.
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The Economics and Business History Society’s 44th annual conference will be held in Detroit. // Stock photo

The Economics and Business History Society’s 44th annual conference will take place June 5-8 at the Fort Shelby Hotel in downtown Detroit. This year’s theme is Manufacturing and the City. Last year’s conference was held in Finland.

“When deciding the location of our 2019 annual conference, it was evident how interested many of our international members were in visiting Detroit,” says John Moore, president of the society and professor and chair of the Economics and Finance Department at Troy’s Walsh College.

“Detroit has a distinct and intriguing history, and the city’s core is becoming more vibrant every year. My colleagues at Walsh and EBHS are thrilled to share our city and region with dozens of business and economic leaders and historians from around the world.”

The society uses the event to encourage conversation about past and present business and social issues. Members present research and papers, and this year’s topics range from the automotive industry to the history of beer.

Presenters and guests are coming from China, England, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, Uzbekistan, across North America, and more. Presentations include “‘Make America Great’ … The Original Episode: The Rise and Decline of American Economic Nationalism, 1812 – 1832” by Moore; “The Evolution of Individual Tax Incentives for Home Ownership in the U.S.: Achieving the American Dream through Tax Legislation” by Daniel S. Hoops, taxation professor at Walsh;  “The Movement of (Auto) Corporations: The United States and Detroit” by Jackson D. Allison, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; “Four Years Removed from Bankruptcy: Where is Detroit Now?” by Martin Lavelle of the Federal Reserve of Detroit.

John Naglick, chief deputy CFO and finance director for the city of Detroit and an adjunct accounting professor at Walsh, will give the keynote presentation and a presentation about the Detroit bankruptcy.

More information on the conference is available here. While registration has officially closed, single-day registration is available for local attendees. Contact Moore for more information at jmoore1@walshcollege.edu.

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