Macrohistory Seminar – Paul Sharp (University of Southern Denmark)

“A Land ‘of Milk and Butter’: The Role of Elites for the Economic Development of Denmark” joint with: Peter Sandholt Jensen (University of Southern Denmark), Markus Lampe (Vienna University of Economics and Business) and Christian Volmar Skovsgaard (University of Southern Denmark) We explore the role of historical elites for development...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Imran Rasul (University College London)

Delivery Agents, Social Ties and Group Identity: “Theory and Evidence from a Two-Layered Field Experiment”, joint with Oriana Bandiera (LSE), Robin Burgess (LSE), Erika Deserranno (Kellogg Northwestern), Ricardo Morel (BRAC) and Munshi Sulaiman (BRAC & StC) Individuals can have social preferences defined over their friends or share some group identity...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Sandra Sequeira (London School of Economics)

Migrants and the Making of America: The Short and Long-Run Effects of Immigration during the Age of Mass Migration We study the effects of European immigration to the United States during the Age of Mass Migration (1850–1920) on economic prosperity today. We exploit variation in the extent of immigration across...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Sara Lowes (Bocconi University)

Mistrust in Medicine: The Legacy of Colonial Medical Campaigns in Central Africa We examine how historical experiences with modern medicine affect present day engagement with the health sector by examining the legacy of French colonial medical campaigns. Between 1921 and 1958, the French military organized medical campaigns to treat and...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Julia Cagé (Sciences Po Paris)

Sex and the Mission: The Conflicting Effects of Early Christian Investments on sub-Saharan Africa’s HIV Epidemic with Valeria Rueda (Oxford University). This article investigates the long-term historical impact of missionary activity on the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. On the one hand, missionaries were the first to invest in...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Raphael Franck (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

The Persistent Effect of the Neolithic Revolution on Health and Life Expectancy: A Double-Edged Sword” (with Oded Galor (Brown University) and Omer Ozak (Southern Methodist University)). This research explores the persistent effects of the Neolithic Revolution on life expectancy. It advances the hypothesis that the Neolithic Revolution has had a...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Bruno Caprettini (University of Zurich)

Rage against the machines. Labor-saving technology and social unrest in England, 1830-32, with Hans-Joachim Voth Can the adoption of labor-saving technology lead to social instability and unrest? We examine a canonical historical case, the so-called ‘Captain Swing’ riots in 1830s Britain. Variously attributed to the adverse consequences of weather shocks,...

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