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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Macrohistory Seminar – Bishnupriya Gupta (University of Warwick)

Community Origins of Industrial Entrepreneurship: Evidence from India We argue that community networks played an important role in the emergence of Indian entrepreneurship in the cotton textile industry during the 19th century, overcoming the lack of market institutions and government support. From business registers we construct a new panel data...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Anna Baiardi (University of Bonn)

The Persistent Effect of Gender Division of Labour: African American Women After Slavery, Anna Baiardi “This paper explores the role of historical gender division of labour in shaping gender norms. To answer this question, I analyse whether differences in the gender division of labour during slavery in the United States...

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