Welcome to the 2017 Annual Meetings of the

History of Economics Society!


The 44th annual HES Conference will take place in downtown Toronto, at the University of Toronto, 22 – 26 June 2017.



Conference Outline and Locations

Date Hours Activity   Location
22 June Thursday  4 – 6 pm Registration Larkin Building, 15 Devonshire Pl. 
22 June Thursday  7 pm Welcome reception Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur (private upstairs room)
23-25 June Friday to Sunday  all day Sessions Larkin Building, 15 Devonshire Pl.
25 June Sunday 7:30 pm Conference Banquet Ristorante Blü, 17A Yorkville Ave. (Yonge and Yorkville)


All spaces are accessible for the mobility impaired, except for the Duke of York which is in an old building and up a flight of stairs. There is no elevator. The Larkin Building is accessible for the mobility impaired through the parking lot entrance, and there is an elevator. Ristorante Blü is on a single level.



Papers dealing with any aspect of the history of economic thought are welcome, including work related to any period or any school of economic thought. Also welcome are papers that situate economics in wider intellectual and cultural contexts or relate it to other disciplines.

Although we welcome proposals for individual papers, proposals for complete sessions are especially encouraged. To propose a paper, please submit an abstract of less than 250 words. To propose a session, please submit an abstract of less than 500 words that lists all participants, titles and very brief descriptions of the papers to be included. 

Proposals for both papers and sessions should be sent through the online form.
The EXTENDED DEADLINE for submissions is 17 February 2017.



The HES provides support for several Warren J. and Sylvia J. Samuels Young Scholars to present papers at the conference, in the form of free registration, banquet and reception tickets, and a year’s membership in the society. Some of the Young Scholars awardees will also receive a grant of $500 to cover travel and other costs. If you wish to have your paper considered for the Young Scholars program, please submit your paper on line and email Evelyn directly to let her know you want to be considered. A Young Scholar must be a current PhD candidate, or have been awarded a PhD in 2015 or later.

INQUIRIES should be addressed to:

Evelyn Forget,
President Elect (HES)
evelyn.forget {AT} umanitoba {DOT} ca



Toronto is a big city and there are a lot of hotels and other options near the University of Toronto, downtown campus. June, however, is a busy month. My strong suggestion is that you BOOK EARLY and CHECK THE HOTEL AGGREGATORS. I’ve arranged discounted rates at three nearby hotels, but the discounts they are offering me can often be bettered on line. These are courtesy bookings. No physical rooms are being held; you need to book early to ensure availability. 

There are much, much better (and much, much worse) hotels than these available if you look. You might get lucky.

All prices are in Canadian dollars, which are currently about $0.74 US. All hotels, including the residence, offer complimentary wifi. There are gyms at the hotels, and a pool at the intercontinental. All hotels offer extremely expensive parking options. All options are all very close to a subway station.


Prices: One queen bed @ $199.99
Two Double beds @ $209.99
Booking Code: HES
Deadline: 22 May 2017 (regular rates apply thereafter)
Reservations can be booked via: 
On-Line: www.hitorontoblooryorkville.ca
Click the above link to be connected to the hotel on-line booking page. 
Enter arrival and departure date then click “View Rates”. 
Click on Group Code. 
Enter Group Code: HES then enter 
Central Reservations: 1-877-859-5897
 Hotel Direct: Phone: 416-968-0010 Fax: 416-968-7765 E-mail: cn312res@whg.com


Prices: $239.00 (Superior room: one king or two queen beds)
Guests just need to select “Book Now” in the upper right-hand corner of the page linked below, enter the group dates, and it will bring them to a page with the special group rate:
History of Economics Assn (HES)
Guests are also welcome to call our reservations team at 416-960-5200 and book a reservation mentioning they want the block code JE9 rate.
Deadline: 24 May 2017
Reservations: 1-800-267-0010 or 1-416-324-5890
Email: Michael.arteaga@ihg.com


Prices: $209.00 (Standard room)
Deadline: 23 May 2017
Book your group rate for History of Economics Society 


Prices: $43.00 single or $62.00 double (includes linen, pillow, towel, phone, wired and WIFI)
Common rooms and washrooms are down the hall from the rooms.
(Note: “New” is the name of the college and not the vintage of the room.)
Booking code: HEC2017
Reservations: Go to www.torontores.com and click on “Book a room”. Fill out the 2017 Summer Residence Reservation Form for Short Term Stays. Email or fax it to the number indicated. Be sure to include the booking code.



Pearson International Airport in Toronto is easily accessible from anywhere in the world. You are required to clear Canadian customs on your first entry to the country. Participants in Nexus or the US Trusted Traveller Program can use the machines (and short lines).

Those of you fortunate enough to live in eastern Canada or select US cities can fly Porter Airlines into Billy Bishop Airport conveniently located in downtown Toronto. A short taxi, streetcar or subway ride will take you to the conference venue, residence rooms and hotels. You could even walk it if you are ambitious.


Simple and Cheap: There is a Union-Pearson Express Train (UP Express) directly from Pearson Airport to downtown Toronto. It runs every 15 minutes and takes 25 minutes to get to Union Station, which is the third and final stop. You can buy tickets on-line, or from the machines at the airport using your credit or debit card, or cash. It costs $12 one way. Follow signs “train to city” or “UP Express” at the airport.
  From Union Station, take the TTC (the subway) north to the St. George Station (or the Bloor Station if you are staying at the Marriott). All other hotels, the conference venue and the residence rooms are a short walk (4-6 minutes) from St. George. You can buy subway tokens from the machine in the station or from the clerk using your credit or debit card or cash. The subway is a single-fare system: every ride costs the same amount no matter how far you travel, and you can transfer freely between subway, buses and streetcars. It is currently $3.25 cash or $2.90 if you buy a minimum of 3 tokens.

Even easier: Take a taxi or limousine from arrivals at the airport. Both taxis and limos have a flat fare from the airport, which is about $65.00 to the University of Toronto (+15% tip, which the machine will helpfully calculate for you if you use a credit card). Make sure you have the address, especially if you are going to the residence. Note that when you take a taxi to the airport you can get a flat fare or be metered. The risk averse take the flat fare, especially on weekdays.

Super cheap: You can take the Airport Rocket from the airport to the subway and the subway to St. George for a single TTC fare. I’m told it takes 45 minutes to St. George. I believe that is aspirational. Follow signs at the airport to TTC.




OVER EASY – all standard breakfast options
208 Bloor St W


HARBORD BAKERY – Kosher bakery (take-out)
They have the best cheese Danish
115 Harbord St.


CAPLANSKY’S DELI – good smoked meat (open all day until late)
356 College St


SAMMY’S STUDENT EXCHANGE – 8 am to 8 pm (may change in summer)
Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle
Good nutritious, multicultural food cheap. Lots of fruit and juices, wraps, etc.


(There are an infinite number of coffee bars in this city, including one on the ground floor of the Rotman School at the corner of Bloor and St. George. Starbucks all over the place, and a few Timmies although they tend to be in lower-rent districts. There’s one in the Social Work Faculty at Bedford and Bloor.)




If you want high end, check the tourist publications. These are nearby – cheap and cheerful:


FRESH – this place will accommodate all your food neuroses
Fresh is Toronto’s original source for modern vegan and vegetarian food, both to eat in and to take away. They also offer a full line of raw, organic cold pressed juice, and a traditional made-to-order gourmet juice bar. Food is made daily, in-house, from whole, natural ingredients. The menu is totally vegan friendly, with dairy options available throughout. Traditional juices are made right before your eyes, and cold-pressed juices are made daily from the best organic produce and supplements. I refuse to eat at such a place, but others like it a lot.
147 Spadina Ave
326 Bloor St W


GALLERY GRILL – lunch only, make a reservation (1 416-978-2445)
Hart House; 7 Hart House Cir,
Way better food than you’ve ever had in a Great Hall. Not cheap, but good and not too expensive.


FREE TIMES CAFÉ – Jewish, Middle Eastern – good, old-fashioned deli with a comfortable atmosphere and entertainment at night.
320 College St.


MIDI BISTRO – quiches, mussels, excellent salads. This is a very nice lunch place, with good dinner specials as well. Ordinary food, well prepared. It’s not a chain, and often has so little business I hope it hasn’t shut its doors before the conference.
168 McCaul St.


SIN AND REDEMPTION – I just like the name.
Self-described Belgian pub, but my Belgian friend snorts at the description It’s across the street from the Redemptorist Fathers, and near the Art Gallery of Ontario. It’s directly south of the campus and for some reason attracts a lot of perky student nurses.
136 McCaul St.


PROOF VODKA BAR (after 3:30 pm)
Intercontinental Hotel – 220 Bloor St W,
I like this place because there is a nice courtyard in the summer, and you can order imaginative small plates. The drinks are creative, but outrageously expensive. There is usually a chef’s choice tapas option (3 for $18 or 5 for $25 that, with drinks, makes a nice light dinner for 2.) It makes me feel grownup.


FIERAMOSCA CAFÉ – good, old-fashioned Italian with nice owners. This is a nice place to spend the evening talking to friends. I like this place a lot.
36a Prince Arthur St.


270 Bloor St. West


CIBO WINE BAR – Italian wine bar 
133 Yorkville Ave


DUKE OF YORK – pub food. Good craft beer selection. [Barking Squirrel anyone?] The deck is pleasant, but watch out for racoons. They are the size of a small moose.
39 Prince Arthur St.


RASA BAR – fun drinks and good, limited menu. Set Mondays are best. Tries a bit too hard for my taste, but I’m not the target demographic.
196 Robert Street


HARBORD HOUSE – neighbourhood place. Cheap and comfortable. Lots of regulars.
150 Harbord Street


BEDFORD ACADEMY – pub with decent pasta and friendly atmosphere.
36 Prince Arthur St.


FLOCK – rotisserie chicken with good, big salads (with or without protein) and a nice, cheap negroni
97 Harbord St.


FAT PASHA – a bit further (easily walkable: north on St. George to DuPont, then left) 
“It lacks the elegance of place or palate… this is Middle Eastern Bubby food.”—Joanna Kates (food critic) 
414 Dupont St



THE POMEGRANATE is next door. The grill serves salads and kebabs, while The Pomegranate serves Persian stews. Both are good, but the restaurants are popular and not very big.
422 College St




The Chinese population in Toronto has moved north (following earlier immigrant groups) but the original Chinatown is just west of Spadina and south of College. There are enough Asian students that you can get pretty good food, very cheap. Don’t pay for the service! There are a lot of interesting restaurants. Explore, and if you are adventurous you might find something interesting. The dim sum places are largely interchangeable. Most restaurants here are Cantonese. My favourites:


(The Chinese patrons are always eating more interesting things than the Caucasians. Order off the boards and not the old-fashioned vinyl menu. Lobster is delicious and fresh here. Fish are usually brought out flopping to demonstrate how fresh they are. See if you can get them to bring you something off the Chinese menu. The owner, who speaks perfect English, resolutely refused to understand me when I tried that.)
353 Spadina Ave

Cantonese stalwart. Good seafood.
331 Spadina Ave


Sometimes wonderful, sometimes not, but you can watch people making the dumplings.
421 Spadina Avenue


Higher mean, smaller variance.
328 Spadina Ave


(Despite its generic name – I’m told the Chinese name has something to do with Phoenixes and Dragons – it’s very good.) Actually, there are several good Chinese bakeries along Spadina and Dundas.
433 Dundas St. W


The owners are so nice here, and it’s really hard to spend more than $20 for two. Not the best Thai, but good enough.
412 Spadina Ave