Seminars: Religion & Political Economy

 Religion & Political Economy
Term:  Fall 2019-2020
Location: Littauer Center, M-15
Meeting Time: Wednesday 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM
Description: Current research on religion and political economy will be presented by outside speakers and Harvard faculty and students.
Instructors: Robert Barro, Rachel McCleary and Nathan Nunn


Date Presenter University Title
September 18 Robert Barro and Rachel McCleary Harvard University “Martyrs and Saints”
September 25 Sriya Iyer Cambridge University "Economic Shocks and Temple Desecrations in Medieval India” (with Anand Shrivastava and Rohit Ticku)
October 2 Jean-Paul Carvalho University of California, Irvine

"Norms of Purity"

October 9 Ludger Woessmann University of Munich “Can Schools Change Religious Attitudes? Evidence from German State Reforms of Compulsory Religious Education” (with Benjamin Arold and Larissa Zierow)
October 16 No seminar this week
October 23 Ahmed Skali Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

"Protestantism and Effort Expenditure on the Battlefield: Soldier-Level Evidence from World War II"

October 30 Dean Karlan Northwestern University TBA
November 6 Steve Pfaff University of Washington

“Church Politics, Sectarianism, and Judicial Terror: The Scottish Witch-Hunt, 1563 – 1736” (with Parashar Kulkarni)

November 13 Jean-Philippe Platteau University of Namur, Belgium

"The Quran and the Sword: The Strategic Game between Autocratic Power, the Military, and the Clerics"

November 20

Joint with the Seminar in Economic History

Felipe Caicedo Valencia University of British Columbia

“Trust Unraveled: The Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War"