Makro-Pic Seminar: Economic Development in the Very Long Run

Block Seminar: Friday and Saturday, January, 22th and 23th 2021
Digital Kickoff Meeting: October, 26th, 2020 1-2pm (entry via Stud-ip)
Application: after Kickoff and before November 4th, 2020, 3pm
Registration (FlexNow): October, 26th -- November, 23rd, 2020.
Prep Lecture: How to write a Seminar Paper: November, xth, 4-5pm
Seminar Info: info
Application Form: info

Depending on the course of the epidemic the seminar may take place on digital platforms

Supervision: Dr. Katharina Werner: email   Matthias Beulmann: email
Course material for participants is available at the course material webpage


1. Dynamics and Stagnation in the Malthusian Epoch

Reference: Ashraf, Q. and Galor, O., 2011, Dynamics and Stagnation in the Malthusian Epoch: Theory and Evidence, American Economic Review 101, 2003-2041.

2. Escaping Malthus: Economic Growth and Fertility Change in the Developing World

Reference: Chatterjee, S., and Vogl, T. (2018). Escaping Malthus: Economic growth and fertility change in the developing world. American Economic Review, 108(6), 1440-67.

3. The Role of Human Capital and Innovation in Economic Development

Reference: Cinnirella, F., and Streb, J. (2017). The role of human capital and innovation in economic development: evidence from post-Malthusian Prussia. Journal of Economic Growth, 1-35.

4. Public Goods Institutions, Human Capital, and Growth

Reference: Dittmar, J. E., and Meisenzahl, R. R. (2020). Public goods institutions, human capital, and growth: evidence from German history. The Review of Economic Studies, 87(2), 959-996.

5. Medieval Universities, Legal Institutions, and the Commercial Revolution

Reference: Cantoni, D., and Yuchtman, N. (2014). Medieval universities, legal institutions, and the commercial revolution. The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 129(2), 823-887.

6. British Economic Growth since 1270: The Role of Education

Reference: Madsen, J. B., and Murtin, F. (2017). British economic growth since 1270: the role of education. Journal of Economic Growth, 22(3), 229-272.

7. Climate and the Emergence of Global Income Differences

Reference: Andersen, T. B., Dalgaard, C. J., and Selaya, P. (2016). Climate and the emergence of global income differences. Review of Economic Studies, 83(4), 1334-1363.

8. The Global Distribution of Economic Activity

Reference: Henderson, J. V., Squires, T., Storeygard, A., and Weil, D. (2018). The global distribution of economic activity: nature, history, and the role of trade. The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 133(1), 357-406.

9. Religion, Division of Labor, and Conflict: Anti-Semitism in Germany over 600 Years

Reference: Becker, S. O., and Pascali, L. (2019). Religion, Division of Labor, and Conflict: Anti-Semitism in Germany over 600 Years. American Economic Review, 109(5), 1764-1804..

10. Railroads and Growth in Prussia

Reference: Hornung, E. (2015). Railroads and growth in Prussia. Journal of the European Economic Association, 13(4), 699-736.

11. The Bounty of the Sea and Long-Run Development

Reference: Dalgaard, C.J., Knudsen, A.S.B., and Selaya, P. (2020). The Bounty of the Sea and Long-run development, Journal of Economic Growth, forthcoming.

12. Modern Gender Roles and Agricultural History

Reference: Hansen, C.W., Jensen, P.S., and Skovsgaard, C.V. (2015). Modern gender roles and agricultural history: the Neolithic inheritance. Journal of Economic Growth, 20(4), 365-404.

13. Potatoes, Milk, and the Old World Population Boom

Reference: Cook, C. J. (2014). Potatoes, milk, and the Old World population boom. Journal of Development Economics, 110, 123-138.

14. Immigrants and the Making of America

Reference: Sequeira, S., Nunn, N., and Qian, N. (2020). Immigrants and the Making of America. The Review of Economic Studies, 87(1), 382-419.

15. The Persistence of Fortune: Accounting for Population Movements

Reference: Chanda, A., Cook, C. J., and Putterman, L. (2014). Persistence of fortune: Accounting for population movements, there was no post-Columbian reversal. American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 6(3), 1-28.

16. The Persistence of (Subnational) Fortune

Reference: Maloney, W. F., and Valencia Caicedo, F. (2016). The persistence of (subnational) fortune. The Economic Journal, 126(598), 2363-2401.

ggf: The Wind of Change: Maritime Technology, Trade, and Economic Development (#11) Luigi Pascali, AER 2017 Severgnini, B., & Boerner, L. (2019). Time for Growth (No. 4-2019). Working paper.