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Rob Stephan: "The Economic Effects of Empire: House Size and Economic Growth in the Roman World"

 Thursday, May 2, 2013

5:00-7:00pm

Building 500 (Archaeology Center)

What sort of impact did the Roman Empire have on the conomic well being of its populations? WEre people better off in a material sense as a result of the Roman Empire? To provide an answer, Rob Stephan utilizes median house size as a proxy for economic propserity, attempting to quantify economic growth at the level of the individual and provide an assessment of how distribution of wealth changed over time. 

 

Rob Stephan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Classics at Stanford University. His research focuses on economic growth and development in the Roman world, and on the interplay between macro-historical processes and individuals. He has worked on archaeological projects in Italy, Cyprus, Armenia, Britain, and the American Southwest, and his current fieldwork project surveys the Sosio-Verdura river valley in southern Sicily.