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Project "HISTROOTS" data sheet

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Organization address
address: PLACA DE LA MERCE, 10-12
postcode: 8002

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Total cost 1˙699˙664 €
 EC max contribution 1˙699˙664 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-05-01   to  2020-04-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSIDAD POMPEU FABRA ES (BARCELONA) coordinator 1˙699˙664.00


 Project objective

I plan to study the effect of history on conflict and economic development with two historical microscopes. Following the lead of the new institutional economics, part of the literature argues that institutions cause differences in productivity and factor endowments which, in turn, explain economic development. An alternative view assumes that human capital shapes institutional changes and, therefore, institutions are endogenous. In the first part of the project, which is the core of the research proposal, I will try to move one step further in this debate by taking an approach that uses administrative data on the first colonizers of Latin America. The data contain some personal characteristics on each of the settlers from 1492 to 1599 (town of origin in Spain, occupation, education, city of arrival in the Americas, etc). Using within-country analysis, since we have information on the precise destinations of the first “pobladores” (settlers), and the different institutional set-ups during the first years of colonization for different geographical areas in Latin America, I will reexamine the issue of institutions versus human capital in the explanation of economic development and conflict. The institutions in the initial times of colonization were not the same in all the regions of Latin America and, in many cases, represented an evolution of pre-Colombian institutions. The new data allows also the analysis of the interaction between human capital and institutions in the initial times. In addition the migrations and the evolution of institutions during the first century of colonization provide also some guidance for the research on the sources of institutional persistence. In the second part I plan to go further back in time to understand how very old conflicts influence current conflict. I will construct a dataset with the location of old conflicts using archaeological evidence to analyze the dynamics of conflict by regions in the very long run.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 José G. Montalvo, Marta Reynal-Querol
Earthquakes and terrorism: The long lasting effect of seismic shocks
published pages: 541-561, ISSN: 0147-5967, DOI: 10.1016/j.jce.2019.05.003
Journal of Comparative Economics 47/3 2019-12-16
2017 Montalvo, Jose G. and Reynal-Querol, Marta
Ethnic diversity and Economic Growth: Revisiting the evidence
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Economics and Business Working Papers Series 1585 2019-06-06
2017 Timothy Besley, Marta Reynal-Querol
The logic of hereditary rule: theory and evidence
published pages: 123-144, ISSN: 1381-4338, DOI: 10.1007/s10887-017-9140-4
Journal of Economic Growth 22/2 2019-06-06
2016 Timothy Besley, Torsten Persson, Marta Reynal-Querol
Resilient Leaders and Institutional Reform: Theory and Evidence
published pages: 584-623, ISSN: 0013-0427, DOI: 10.1111/ecca.12208
Economica 83/332 2019-06-06

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