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Naomi Lamoreaux and Jean-Laurent Rosenthal ’84, both economic historians from UCLA, will be discussing "The Law and the Enterprise: Legal Constraints on Businesses in France and the United States in the Mid-Nineteenth Century" on Thursday, February 6, at 5 p.m. in Reed's Vollum lounge. The lecture, which is sponsored by the Reed division of history and social sciences, is free and open to the public. For more information see or call 503/777-7755.

Jean-Laurent Rosenthal graduated from Reed College in 1984; he is now professor of economics at UCLA. He is the author, with Philip T. Hoffman and Gilles Postel-Vinay, of Priceless Markets: The Political Economy of Credit in Paris, 1662–1869 (University of Chicago Press, October 2000); Analytic Narratives, with Robert Bates, Avner Greif, Margaret Levi, and Barry Weingast (Princeton University Press, 1998); and The Fruits of Revolution, Property Rights, Litigation, and French Agriculture 1700–1860 (Cambridge University Press, 1992), in addition to many published articles and reviews. His honors include the Gyorgy Ranki prize from the Economic History Association for Priceless Markets as an outstanding book of its year and a J.S. Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship for 2001-2002. Rosenthal earned a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1988 and has also taught at the Stockholm School of Economics, the Yale department of economics, and the University of California-Irvine.

Naomi Lamoreaux, professor of economics and history at UCLA, is the author of Insider Lending: Banks, Personal Connections, and Economic Development in Industrial New England (Cambridge University Press, 1994) and The Great Merger Movement in American Business, 1895-1904 (Cambridge University Press, 1985) as well as numerous articles. Her honors include the Alice Hanson Jones Prize of the Economic History Association for Insider Lending and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Lamoreaux has served as research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and taught at Brown University, the School of Business Administration of Meiji University, and Johns Hopkins University. She earned her B.A. at SUNY-Binghamton and her Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University.

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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