Alan Dye

Professor of Economics


American Studies, Economics



Alan Dye is Professor of Economics at Barnard College and an affiliate member of Columbia University’s Department of History and Institute of Latin American Studies. He joined the Barnard faculty in 1995. He has also held visiting positions at Yale University, the University of Michigan, and the Universidad de Carlos III de Madrid. He specializes in economic history and institutions with emphasis on Latin America.

Professor Dye’s teaching includes courses in the economic history of Latin America and Europe, and institutional economics applied to organizations, innovation and political economy. His current research focuses on the political economy of the institutions of trade protection and imperialism, with a current project on the relationship between prerevolutionary Cuba and the United States.

  • BA, Texas Tech
  • MA, University of Cincinnati
  • PhD, University of Illinois

  • Economic history
  • Business organization
  • Microeconomics

"Institutions for the Taking: Property Rights and the Settlement of the Cape Colony, 1652-1750," Economic History Review (2018), with Sumner La Croix.

"The Political Economy of Land Privatization in Argentina and Australia, 1810-1850: A Puzzle." Journal of Economic History (2013), with Sumner La Croix.

“The Interwar Shocks to U.S.-Cuban Trade Relations: A View of Sugar-Company Stock Prices,” in The Evolution of Financial Markets and Institutions from the Seventeenth Century to the Present, Jeremy Atack and Larry Neal, eds. Cambridge University Press, (2009).

"The Institutional Framework, " The Cambridge Economic History of Latin America, Volume II: The Long Twentieth Century, V. Bulmer-Thomas, J. Coatsworth, and R. Cortés Conde, eds. (Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2006).

“How Brinkmanship Saved Chadbourne: Credibility and the International Sugar Agreement of 1931” Explorations in Economic History (2006), with Richard Sicotte.

Cuba and the Origins of the U.S. Sugar Quota,” Revista de Indias (Jan-April 2005).

“The U.S. Sugar Trade and the Origins of the Cuban Revolution,” Journal of Economic History (2004), with Richard Sicotte.

Cuban Sugar in the Age of Mass Production: Technology and the Economics of the Sugar Central, 1899-1929 .Stanford University Press, 1998.

“Why Did Cuban Cane Growers Lose Autonomy?” In John Coatsworth and Alan Taylor, eds., Latin America and the World Economy Since 1800. Harvard University Press, 1998.

“Avoiding Holding: Asset Specificity and Technical Change in the Cuban Sugar Industry, 1899-1929,” Journal of Economic History (1994).

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