Macrohistory Seminar – Lars Lønstrup (University of Southern Denmark) The Rise and Fall of Family Size: Efficient Human Capital Investment and Fertility

The Rise and Fall of Family Size: Efficient Human Capital Investment and Fertility. This paper provides a theoretical analysis of fertility in a model where parents can increase children’s income both from investing in children’s human capital and by transferring income that derives from investment in physical capital. The analysis...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Matt Lowe (University of Bonn & Briq Institute) Types of Contact: A Field Experiment on Collaborative and Adversarial Caste Integration

Types of Contact: A Field Experiment on Collaborative and Adversarial Caste Integration Integration is a common policy used to reduce discrimination, but different types of integration may have different effects. This paper estimates the effects of two types of integration: collaborative and adversarial. I recruited 1,261 young Indian men from...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Pawel Bukowski (London School of Economics and Political Science) Rent Sharing and Inclusive Growth

Rent Sharing and Inclusive Growth The long-run evolution of rent sharing is empirically studied. Based upon a comprehensive and harmonized panel of the top 300 publicly quoted British companies over thirty five years, the paper reports evidence of a significant fall over time in the extent to which firms share...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Li Yang (Paris School of Economics) Robin Hood or Crony Capitalism? Income Inequality Trends in Malaysia (1984-2014) Under Protracted Affirmative Actions

Robin Hood or Crony Capitalism? Income Inequality Trends in Malaysia (1984-2014) Under Protracted Affirmative Actions In this paper, we document the evolution of income inequality not only at the national level (for the period of 1984-2014) but also by ethnic groups in Malaysia for the period of 2002-2014. To this...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Ludger Woessmann (Ludwig Maximilian University & IZA Institute of Labor Economics) Can Schools Change Religious Attitudes? Evidence from German State Reforms of Compulsory Religious Education 

Can Schools Change Religious Attitudes? Evidence from German State Reforms of Compulsory Religious Education.  The question whether churches should have a place in public schools to teach religious education has been the subject of fierce disputes in many countries throughout history. Yet little is known about whether compulsory religious education...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Mintra Dwarkasing (Erasmus University Rotterdam) Household Inequality, Entrepreneurial Dynamism and Corporate Financing

Household Inequality, Entrepreneurial Dynamism and Corporate Financing Economic theories provide conflicting hypotheses on how wealth inequality affects entrepreneurial dynamism and corporate financing. To empirically investigate its impact, we construct local measures of household wealth inequality based on financial rents, home equity, and 1880 farm land. We identify its effects on...

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