Macrohistory Seminar – Matthijs Korevaar (Maastricht University) Booms and Busts in Housing Markets: Prices and Turnover in Amsterdam, 1582-1810

Booms and Busts in Housing Markets: Prices and Turnover in Amsterdam, 1582-1810 Booms and busts in housing markets are typically characterized by four puzzling features: short-term momentum in prices, a positive price-turnover relationship, excess volatility of prices relative to fundamentals, but reversion over the longer run. This paper uses a...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Fabio Mariani (Université Catholique de Louvain) Structural change and human handedness: how economic development can shape evolutionary forces

Structural change and human handedness: how economic development can shape evolutionary forces. This paper proposes a theory linking structural change, differential fertility and the evolution of left-handedness, a genetically determined human trait. By doing so, we are able to rationalize the U-shaped trajectory followed by left-handedness rates over the past...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Giorgio Chiovelli (London Business School) Bite and Divide: Malaria and Ethnolinguistic Diversity

Bite and Divide: Malaria and Ethnolinguistic Diversity by Giorgio Chiovelli. We investigate, both theoretically and empirically, the epidemiological origins of ethnic diversity and its persistence. Long-term exposure to malaria shaped genetic and cultural selection by increasing the benefits of interacting in small, geographically separated and highly endogamic groups. Using disaggregate level...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Mohamed Saleh (Toulouse School of Economics) Fiscal Policy and Conversions in Early Islam

Fiscal Policy and Conversions in Early Islam A ruler who does not identify with a social group, whether on religious, ethnic, cultural or socioeconomic grounds, is confronted with a trade-off between taking advantage of the outgroup population’s eagerness to maintain its identity and inducing it to “comply” (conversion, quit, exodus...

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Macrohistory Seminar – James Fenske (University of Warwick) Pre-Colonial Warfare and Long-Run Development in India

Pre-Colonial Warfare and Long-Run Development in India This paper analyzes the relationship between pre-colonial warfare and long-run development patterns within India. We construct a new, geocoded database of historical conflicts on the Indian subcontinent, which we use to compute measures of local exposure to pre-colonial warfare. We document a positive...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Fabian Wahl (University of Hohenheim) You Reap What You Know: Origins and Dynamics of State Capacity

You Reap What You Know: Origins and Dynamics of State Capacity Geography provided some states with better ability to tax their subjects than others. To test this idea empirically, we propose a geographic index of information costs, caloric observability, to understand if a more complicated geography prohibited states to tax...

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