Historical Persistence in Comparative Development

Historical Persistence in Comparative Development

Friday, October 17th, 2015

2:45PM–3:30PM. Enrico Spolaore, Tufts University. How Deep are the Roots of Economic Development?; Fertility and Modernity

3:30PM–4:15PM Christian Dippel, UCLA Anderson School of Management. Forced Coexistence and Economic Development: Evidence from Native American Reservations

4:30PM–5:15PM James Fenske, Oxford University. Climate and the Slave Trade

Keynote address
8:00PM–9:00PM David Weil, Brown University. 
The Global Spatial Distribution of Population and Economic Activity: Effects of Nature, History, and Agglomeration

Saturday, October 18th, 2015

9:00AM–9:45AM William Maloney, The World Bank and Universidad de los Andes. Engineers, Innovative Capacity, and Development in the Americas

9:45AM–10:30AM Marcella Alsan, Stanford Medical School. The Effect of the TseTse Fly on African Development

10:45AM–11:30AM Dietrich Vollrath, University of Houston. Malthusian Dynamics and the Rise of the Poor Megacity

11:30AM–12:15PM Saumitra Jha, Stanford Graduate School of Business. “Unfinished Business”: Historic Complementarities, Political Competition, and Ethnic Violence in Gujarat

1:30PM–2:15PM Ross Levine, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. The European Origins of Comparative Development

2:15PM–3:00PM Nico Voigtlaender, UCLA Anderson School of Management. Bowling for Fascism: Social Capital and the Rise of the Nazi Party

3:15PM–4:00PM Stelios Michalopoulos, Brown University. The Long-Run Effects of the Scramble for Africa

4:00PM–4:45PM Noam Yuchtman, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. The Political Economy of Educational Content and Development: Lessons from History