Macrohistory Seminar – Jeanet Bentzen (University of Copenhagen)

Acts of God? Religiosity and Natural Disasters Across Subnational World Districts Religiosity affects everything from fertility and health to labor force participation and productivity. But why are some societies more religious than others? To answer this question, I rely on the religious coping theory, which states that many individuals draw...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Ola Olsson (University of Gothenburg)

Roman Roads to Prosperity? The Long-Run Impact of Infrastructure on Economic Activity This study documents that local areas which received Roman road investments as an exogenous intervention during antiquity, systematically have outgrown areas that did not during the past two millennia. In particular, we find evidence of divergence in terms...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Mara Squicciarini (Northwestern)

Devotion and Development: Religiosity, Education, and Economic Progress in 19th Century France When and how does traditional culture hamper diffusion of knowledge and economic development? In this article, I use Catholicism in 19th-century France as an example of traditional culture, and focus on a crucial phase of modern economic growth,...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Ulrike Malmendier (UC Berkeley)

The Making of Hawks and Doves: Inflation Experiences and Voting on the FOMC with Stefan Nagel (University of Michigan) and Zhen Han (University of Michigan) Abstract Macroeconomic models of monetary policy assume that policy makers form rational beliefs based on all available data. We show that personal lifetime experiences signi ficantly...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Charlotte Bartels (DIW)

Top Incomes in Germany, 1871-2011 Abstract This study provides first evidence on the long-run development of income concentration in a continental European country from the early phase of industrialization until present. Income concentration is measured by the income share accruing to the top of the income distribution such as the...

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