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

 Thursday, May 2, 2013


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.