Macrohistory Seminar – Jeremiah Dittmar (LSE)

State Capacity and Public Goods: Institutional Change, Human Capital, and Growth in Early Modern Germany with Ralph Meisenzahl. Abstract What are the origins and consequences of the state as a provider of public goods? We study legal reforms that established mass public education and increased state capacity in German cities...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Marta Reynal-Querol (Pompeu Fabra)

Ethnic Diversity and Growth: Revisiting the Evidence with Jose G. Montalvo The relationship between ethnic heterogeneity and economic growth is a complex one. Empirical research working with cross section data finds a negative, or statistically insignificant, relationship. However, research at the city level finds usually a positive relationship between diversity...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Andreas Madestam (Stockholm University)

Surviving the Killing Fields. The cultural and political heritage of the Khmer Rouge with Mathias Iwanowsky We use evidence from one of history’s worst genocides, the Khmer Rouge regime, to study the causal impact of indirect experience of war on political beliefs, behavior, and trust 35 years later and find...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Eliana La Ferrara (Bocconi University)

News vs. Novelas: Can Entertainment Media Undermine Dictatorships? with A. Chong, C. Ferraz, F. Finan, L. Meloni This paper investigates the extent to which media vehicles are prone to political capture in the context of the Brazilian dictatorship. We study the effects of Rede Globo, the primary Brazilian television station,...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Guy Michaels (LSE)

Flooded Cities with Adriana Kocornik-Mina, Thomas K.J. McDermott, and Ferdinand Rauch Does economic activity relocate away from areas that are at high risk of recurring shocks? We examine this question in the context of floods, which are among the costliest and most common natural disasters. Over the past thirty years,...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Alice Kuegler (UCL)

The Responsiveness of Inventing: Evidence from a Patent Fee Reform Do financial incentives induce inventors to innovate more? I exploit a large reduction in the patent fee in the United Kingdom in 1884 to distinguish between its effect on increased efforts to invent, and a decrease in patent quality due...

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Macrohistory Seminar – Fabian Waldinger (University of Warwick)

Frontier Knowledge and the Creation of Ideas: Evidence from the Collapse of International Science in the Wake of World War I We quantify how access to frontier knowledge affects the creation of ideas. We show that citing frontier knowledge is correlated with producing high-quality papers. Because this correlation may be...

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