The Heckscher Lecture 26 Sept. 2019
Keynote speaker is Mary O'Sullivan, Professor of Economic History and Director of the Department of History, Economics and Society at University of Geneva. She has also been active at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and at INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France).
Her research fields are the history of capital, industries and businesses, and the comparative history of economic development, with a particular focus on the history of enterprises, industries, and financial institutions.
Mary O'Sullivan is the author of several books as well as numerous journal articles. In her most recent book Dividends of Development. Securities Markets in the History of U.S. Capitalism, 1866-1922 (2016), she explains the development of the US securities markets from the Civil War through World War I. It shows how transformation occurred through a process that was volatile, time- consuming, unscripted by powerful actors, and driven above all, by the dramatic and unstable character of the nation's economic development.
Her latest article is “The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Capitalism”, Enterprise & Society (December 2018). The title intends to be an ironic nod to The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism, published in 1928 by George Bernard Shaw.