[gov3009-l] Applied Statistics Workshop

Monnikue McCall king-assist at iq.harvard.edu
Tue Sep 2 13:33:05 EDT 2014

Dear all,

Please find the link below to the new Applied Stats website:



Monnikue McCall
*Executive Assistant to Gary King*
Harvard University
Institute for Quantitative Social Science
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

On Mon, Sep 1, 2014 at 10:02 PM, Dana Higgins <danahiggins at fas.harvard.edu>

> Dear all,
> I hope everyone has had a relaxing summer! I am the new graduate student
> coordinator for the Applied Statistics Workshop (Gov 3009) at IQSS this
> semester and would like to invite all of you to attend the workshop. The
> workshop features a multidisciplinary forum for presenting research with
> statistical innovations and applications. Starting with Wednesday, Sept. 3,
> we will meet every Wednesday from 12-1:30 pm in CGIS-Knafel 354 (1737
> Cambridge Street). As always, lunch will be provided.
> Please note that you don’t have to formally enroll in the workshop to
> attend. Furthermore, if you would like your name to be added to the mailing
> list, please let me know.
> Our first speaker is Eric Chaney from the Harvard Department of Economics.
>  The title of his presentation is "The Medieval Origins of Comparative
> European Development: Evidence from the Basque Country." The abstract is
> below.
> Check out the new website to see the schedule for the first few weeks.
> Thank you!
> -- Dana Higgins
> Abstract:
> This paper investigates the present-day economic impact of medieval
> republican institutions along the historical borders of the Basque Country
> in Spain and France. I present evidence suggesting that medieval republican
> institutions have had a lasting effect: in Spain the drop in incomes along
> the Basque border is similar to that between the richest and poorest areas
> of the euro zone today. Using present-day and historical data, I
> investigate the mechanisms through which these medieval institutions have
> had enduring effects. Although I find evidence of significant cultural
> differences at the Basque border, results using institutional variation
> generated by the partition of Basque regions between France and Spain cast
> doubt on claims that these cultural differences are the fundamental cause
> behind today's economic differences. In addition, I track the evolution of
> a variety of variables in the border region back in time. While
> institutional differences remain observable in the 18th century, all other
> observable differences between Basque and surrounding areas vanish or
> become negative by this date. When taken in unison, the results suggest the
> importance of the historical emergence of republican institutions -and
> their subsequent persistence- in generating within-European differences in
> economic outcomes today.
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