Macrohistory Seminar – Marc Klemp (University of Copenhagen)

Roots of Autocracy Exploiting a novel geo-referenced data set of population diversity across ethnic groups, this research advances the hypothesis and empirically establishes that variation in population diversity across human societies, as determined in the course of the exodus of humans from Africa tens of thousands of years ago, contributed...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Erik Hornung (University Cologne)

“Bismarck’s Health Insurance and the Mortality Decline” We investigate the impact on mortality of the world’s first compulsory health insurance, established by Otto von Bismarck, Chancellor of the German Empire, in 1884. Employing a multi-layered empirical setup, we draw on international comparisons and difference-in-differences strategies using Prussian administrative panel data...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Stephen Broadberry (University of Oxford)

“Growing, shrinking and long run economic performance: historical perspectives on economic development” with John Wallis (University of Maryland). Using annual data from the thirteenth century to the present, we show that improved long run economic performance has occurred primarily through a decline in the rate and frequency of shrinking, rather...

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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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