Spring 2021 Wednesday Seminar Series

The Seminar Series, now over 35 years old, invites scholars from around the world to share their work in a formal lecture, which is followed by a rigorous question and answer session.

The Spring 2021 seminars will be hosted by Dr. Jonathan F Schulz and Dr. Natalya Naumenko and coordinated by Lisa Hill-Corley and Kashiff A. Thompson. All papers made available will be posted on this site for downloading. For more information, call the Center: (703) 993-2316.

Seminars will be held virtually from  12 - 1:15pm over Zoom. Each presentation will be followed by an informal discussion (students welcome) from 1:15 - 2pm.  The link and password will be distributed by email.  If you haven't received the link but would like to participate please contact Kashiff A. Thompson (kthomp7@gmu.edu).  

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Schedule of Speakers:


Dan Bogart, UC Irvine

Presentation: Organizations and efficiency in lighthouses: The English case revisited


Andreas Ferrara, University of Pittsburgh

Presentation: Discrimination, Migration, and Economic Outcomes: Evidence from World War I 


Hilton Root, George Mason University

Presentation: The Embeddedness of Social Institutions: Networks of Church and State in China and the Europe


David de la Croix, UCLouvain (Belgium

Presentation: Nepotism vs. Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital in Academia (1088-1800)


Maria Petrova, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Presentation: Bombs, Broadcasts and Resistance: Allied Intervention and Domestic Opposition to the Nazi Regime during World War II


Alexey Makarin, Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF)

Presentation: Conflict and Inter-Group Trade: Evidence from the 2014 Russia-Ukraine Crisis


Jared Rubin, Chapman University

Presentation: Culture, Institutions & the Long Divergence


Johannes Buggle, University of Lausanne

Presentation: The Refugee's Dilemma: Evidence from Jewish Migration Out of Nazi Germany


John Duggan, University of Rochester 

Presentation: Accountability in Markovian Elections


Samuel Bazzi, University of California, San Diego

Presentation: Islam and the State: Religious Education in the Age of Mass Schooling


Leah Boustan, Princeton University

Presentation: Automation before robots: Machine tools and the US labor market


Vicky Fouka, Stanford University

Presentation: Racial Diversity, Electoral Preferences, and the Supply of Policy: The Great Migration and Civil Rights


Marianne Wanamaker, University of Tennessee

Presentation: Black Americans’ Landholding and Economic Mobility after Emancipation: New Evidence on the Significance of 40 Acres


Mara Squicciarini, Bocconi University

Presentation: Technology Adoption and Productivity Growth: Evidence from Industrialization in France