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Economic History Seminar

Fall 2023

Seminar Times & Location:

Fridays, 2:15 - 3:30pm
KMC 7-191

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September 22: "Immigration, Innovation, and Spatial Economic Development: Theory and Evidence from the Age of Mass Migration"

Michael Peters (Yale)

September 29: "Teacher Salaries and Racial Inequality in Educational Attainment in the Mid-Century South"

Elizabeth Cascio (Dartmouth)

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October 6: "The Deterrent Effect of the Death Penalty: Evidence from British Commutations During World War I"

Daniel Chen (Toulouse School of Economics)

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October 13: "Labor Supply and Entertainment Innovations: Evidence From the U.S. TV Rollout"

Felix Koenig (Carnegie Mellon University)

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October 20: "Family Trees and Falling Apples: Intergenerational Mobility Estimates from U.S. Genealogy Data"

Zach Ward (Baylor University)

October 27: "Agglomeration Over the Long Run: Evidence from County Seat Wars"

Cory Smith (University of Maryland)

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November 3: "Emigration During Turbulent Times"

David Yang (Harvard)

November 17: "Interest Groups, Ideology, and Indirect Lobby: The Rise of Private Health Insurance in the United States"

Marcella Alsan (Harvard Kennedy)

December 8: Paper Forthcoming

Please contact Petra Moser ( or Erica Loh ( with any questions regarding the seminar.