The Political Economy of Religion Seminar Series

Spring 2011

February 3:  “The Economy of Saints.” Robert J. Barro (Harvard University)

February 17: “The Empire Is Dead, Long Live the Empire! Values and Human Interactions 90 Years After the Fall of the Habsburg Empire.” Sascha Becker (Warwick University)

March 3:“Does culture matter? Lessons from a Natural Experiment.” Ricardo Nicolás Pérez Truglia (Harvard University)

March 31: Daniel Hungerman, Notre Dame University. “The Effect of Education on Religion: Evidence from Compulsory Schooling Laws.”

April 14: “Religious Competition, Conversion, and Syncretization in Guatemala since 1880.”Rachel M. McCleary (Harvard University)

April 28: ”Lessons from the Kibbutz on the Limits of Equality.”Ran Abramitzky (Stanford University)
*Sponsored by the Political Economy of Religion Program, Taubman Center, HKS and the Economics Department, FAS

Spring 2009

February 19: “The Economic Effects of Christian Moralities,” Benito Arruñada (Pompei Fabra University).

February 26: “Wars, Revolutions and Oil: The Determinants of the Islamic Revival 1955- 2000,” Eric Chaney (Harvard University).

March 13: “Lessons from the Ottoman Harem: On Ethnicity, Religion, and War,” Murat Iyigun (University of Colorado). Joint with the Economic History Workshop.

April 2: “Christianity in Colonial Africa,” Nathan Nunn (Harvard University).

April 16: “Entrepreneurship, Networking and the Success of Early Christianity: An Economic Analysis,” Robert Tollison (Clemson University), Robert Ekelund (Auburn University), Octavian Vasilescu (Clemson University).

April 30: “Religious Conversion in 40 Countries,” Robert Barro (Harvard University) and Jason Hwang (Cornerstone Research).

Fall 2008

September 25: “The Price of Love: Marriage Markets and Intergenerational Transfers in Comparative Perspective, ” Maristella Botticini (Boston University).

October 9: “The Formation of the Tibetan State Religion: The Geluk School 1419-1642, ” Rachel McCleary (Harvard University) and Leonard van der Kuijp (Harvard University).

October 23: “Muslim Family Law, Prenuptial Agreements and the Emergency of Dowry in Bangladesh,” Attila Ambrus (Harvard University) and Erica Field (Harvard University).

November 6: “Was Max Weber Right After All? Economic Effects of the Protestant Reformation in the German Lands,” Davide Cantoni (Harvard University).

November 20: “A Theory of Religious Organizations,” Gilat Levy (London School of Economics) and Ronny Razin (London School of Economics).

December 4: “Estimating the Impact of the Hajj: Religion and Tolerance in Islam’s Global Gathering,” David Clingingsmith (Case Western Reserve), Asim Khwaja (Harvard University), and Michael Kremer (Harvard University).