Jim Siodla, assistant professor of economics, won the 2018 Larry Neal Prize for his article “Clean slate: Land-use changes in San Francisco after the 1906 disaster,” which was published in the July 2017 issue of the journal Explorations in Economic History. The $1,000 prize, awarded by the editors and editorial board of the journal, was presented during the Presidential Banquet at the Economic History Association Annual Meeting in Montreal Sept. 7-9. The article looks at the city’s land-use patterns after the 1906 fire and concludes that the “impacts of the fire are still evident today—in roughly the same magnitudes and places—which suggests that the economic benefits realized upon reconstruction continue to drive the city’s land-use patterns.”

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