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Session 8: Economic History and Economic Development

August 18-20, 2015

Organized by:

  • Ran Abramitzky, Stanford University
  • Kaivan Munshi, University of Cambridge
  • Gavin Wright, Stanford University

The session will address the interface between economic history and economic development, as intellectual configurations within economics and as means of addressing policy issues.  We invite papers deploying distinctively historical approaches to development, such as path dependence and institutional evolution.  We also welcome attention to emerging historical methodologies, such as tracking persistence of phenomena across extended periods and matching individuals across time in historical records.  The session will consider the relevance of these methods for today’s development issues.

This session will be located in the Landau Economics Building on Stanford campus, Lucas Room A, at 579 Serra Mall.

In this Session

Aug 18 |
10:30 am to 10:45 am

The Effect of Management and Technology Transfers on Firm Performances: Evidence from the US Marshall Plan in Italy

Presented by: Michela Giorcelli, Stanford University
Aug 18 |
10:45 am to 11:00 am

Railways, Internal Migrations, and Economic Mobility

Presented by: Santiago Perez, Stanford University
Aug 18 |
11:00 am to 11:15 am

The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread: Mandatory Fortification and Pellagra

Presented by: Ethan Schmick, University of Pittsburgh
Co-Author(s): Karen Clay, Werner Troesken
Aug 18 |
11:15 am to 11:30 am

The Franchise, Taxes, and Public Goods: The Political Economy of Infrastructure Investment in Nineteenth Century England

Presented by: Jonathan Chapman, California Institute of Technology
Aug 18 |
11:30 am to 11:45 am

Midnight's Elders: Reconstructing District Populations in Late Colonial India

Presented by: Shameel Ahmad, Yale University
Aug 18 |
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Keynote Address: Climate, Geography, and the Origin of Political and Economic Institutions

Presented by: Steve Haber, Stanford University
Aug 18 |
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Why Did the Democrats Lose the South?

Presented by: Ilyana Kuziemko, Columbia University
Co-Author(s): Ebonya Washington, Yale University
Aug 18 |
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Loss in the Time of Cholera: Long-run Impact of a Disease Epidemic on the Urban Landscape

Presented by: Robert Gonzalez, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Co-Author(s): Erica Field and Attila Ambrus, Duke University
Aug 19 |
8:30 am to 9:30 am

Pollution and Mortality in the 19th Century

Presented by: Walker Hanlon, University of California, Los Angeles
Aug 19 |
10:00 am to 11:00 am


Presented by: Oeindrila Dube, New York University
Co-Author(s): S.P. Harish, New York University
Aug 19 |
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Tertiary Education and Prosperity in Developing Countries: Catholic Missionaries to Luminosity in India

Presented by: Latika Chaudhary, Naval Postgraduate School
Co-Author(s): Amparo Castelló-Climent, University of Valencia; Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay, Indian Statistical Institute
Aug 19 |
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

How Positive Was the Positive Check? Investment and Fertility in the Aftermath of the 1918 Influenza in India

Presented by: Dave Donaldson, Stanford University
Co-Author(s): Dan Keniston, Yale University
Aug 19 |
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Impact of Migration on Infant Health: Evidence from the Great Migration

Presented by: Katherine Eriksson, California Polytechnic State University
Co-Author(s): Gregory T. Niemesh, Miami University
Aug 19 |
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Salt Iodization and the Enfranchisement of the American Worker

Presented by: Achyuta Adhvaryu, University of Michigan
Co-Author(s): Steven Bednar, Elon University; Teresa Molina, University of Southern California; Quynh Nguyen, World Bank; Anant Nyshadham, University of Southern California
Aug 20 |
8:30 am to 9:30 am

Can ‘Good’ Institutions be Exported? The Failure of U.S. Fiscal Receiverships in Latin America, 1904‐34

Presented by: Noel Maurer, George Washington University
Aug 20 |
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Watersheds in Infant Mortality: The Role of Effective Water and Sewerage Infrastructure, 1880 to 1915

Presented by: Marcella Alsan, Stanford University
Aug 20 |
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Impact of Mid-20th Century Air Pollution on Infant Mortality and Property Values

Presented by: Joshua Lewis, University of Montreal
Co-Author(s): Karen Clay and Edson Severnini, Carnegie Mellon University