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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Macrohistory Seminar – Martin Dohmen (Bonn University) “Entrepreneurial Freedom as a driving Institution during the German Industrial Take-off”

Entrepreneurial Freedom as a driving Institution during the German Industrial Take-off In this paper, I analyze the effect of the abolition of guilds and the introduction of the “Gewerbefreiheit” – entrepreneurial freedom – on economic development during the German industrial take-off. Using the division of the Kingdom of Westphalia and...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Christoph Koenig (University of Bristol) Stabs in the Back – Veterans, Propaganda and the Fate of Weimar Democracy

Stabs in the Back – Veterans, Propaganda and the Fate of Weimar Democracy by Christoph Koenig. I study the effect of war participation on the rise of right-wing parties in Interwar Germany. After the democratisation and surrender of the German Empire in 1918, 8m German WW1 soldiers were demobilised. Anecdotally,...

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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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