Welcome to the 48th Annual Meeting of the

History of Economics Society

The Annual Conference of the History of Economics Society is one of the most important international gatherings of historians of economics. The conference provides an opportunity to meet with friends and colleagues, to learn about new research in the field, and to talk with journal and book editors and bloggers.

The 2021 Conference will take place December 10-12 at Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands. Current Covid-19 restrictions in the Netherlands limit event capacity to 75 people. We are monitoring restriction changes and will continue to update our event as necessary. 


We are now accepting abstracts for in-person and virtual synchronous Individual Papers and Group Sessions as well as Asynchronous Paper Presentation Videos. Note that sessions must be either fully in-person or fully virtual. Due to technology limitations, we cannot support mixed sessions. Please use this form to upload your ≈ 1-page word document abstract and proposal information. Proposals are due by September 30, 2021.

Conference registration opens August 24, 2021

Early Registration Discount ends November 15, 2021

2021 HES Conference Schedule

TBA: The Institute for New Economic Thinking is hosting a 2021 Pre-HES Conference Workshop for Young Scholars. More information will be posted soon.

See tabs below for information on conference registration, locations, program book, lodging, purchasing exhibitor tables and/or program book advertisements, and other information.

Please login to your HES website user account to purchase conference items. To create a user profile on our website fill in your information here and follow the steps.

If you are a registered website user, log in to your account and then come to this page to buy your registration from the options below. Early registration discounts end November 15, 2021

Besides the conference registration, you can choose to purchase additional social event tickets to include in your cart before checking out: opening reception and conference banquet.

As it is the case with HES memberships, secure online payments are processed by PayPal. For the majority of countries, you do not need to have a PayPal account to make a payment with a credit or debit card. If you are unable to make a PayPal payment please email hes@uwosh.edu for assistance.

All prices are in US dollars.

HES is not able to process reimbursements after November 19, 2021.

Conference Registration:

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  • Registration opens August 24, 2021
  • Early registration discount ends November 15, 2021

Event Ticket sales are online only. We are unable to take cash on-site.

Conference Events:

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Thursday, December 9: Opening Reception 7:00-9:00 pm

Saturday, December 11: Awards Banquet 7:00-10:00 pm

  • Ticket sales close when we reach maximum capacity


Conference Exhibitors and Advertisements:

Editors, publishers, and organizations seeking display and advertising space at the History of Economics Society Conference should register on the conference website as HES members, if applicable, or as HES non-members otherwise. Exhibitor tables can be added to your cart along with your conference registration fee. For Exhibitors who wish to ship display items to the conference site only (no staff), we will set up your display for you, but cannot return-ship items after the conference.

Logos and advertisements uploads are due by November 1, 2021. If you are making a sponsorship, advertising, or exhibitor purchase, please complete this form and upload your files.

You agree to enter into this sponsorship by making a sponsorship or advertisement purchase and submitting this form electronically.

Exhibitor and Advertisement Menu

Please login to your HES website user account to purchase conference exhibitor items. To create a user profile on our website fill in your information here and follow the steps.


The 2021 Conference will take place at Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands

All sessions and events will be hosted in Utrecht University Hall:

Pre-conference Workshops Spinoza Hall
Conference Registration: Zaal 1636 and Westerdijkkamer
Opening Reception: Aula
Conference Sessions: Belle van Zuylenzaal, Eijkmankamer, Kanunnikenzaal, Sterrecamer, Opzoomerkamer, Kernkampkamer
Keynote Addresses: Aula
Awards Banquet:

Pandhof and Senaatszaal

Below is a booking link for hotels near the conference site of the 48th Annual Meeting of the History of Economics Society held in the city of Utrecht from December 9-12, 2021.

Hotel Reservation Booking Link 

Utrecht Travel information provided by Utrecht University

Directions to Utrecht University



Childcare subsidies are available from the HES. Please contact Marianne Johnson (johnsonm@uwosh.edu) with requests. 

Please use the following links to learn more about childcare options in Utrecht: