Ottoman Governance and Development: The Role of Human Capital

The long-run effects of historical imperial rule on economic development are controversial. We contribute to this debate by considering the role of an experience that is relatively little understood – the Ottoman Empire in Europe. Our new article pursues two objectives: first, to estimate the effects of Ottoman exposure on long-run development by going beyond … Continue reading Ottoman Governance and Development: The Role of Human Capital

What history can teach us about migration

Is immigration a good thing? Should it be restricted? Does it harm sending economies? As immigration continues to rise, public opinion is divided on these questions. Historical political economy can be deeply informative for understanding and anticipating the consequences of migration: for the receiving societies, sending societies, as well as migrants themselves. In this post, … Continue reading What history can teach us about migration

The Trajectory of a Booming Field: A Look Back at a Decade of HPE research (Part II).

What are the most prominent themes in HPE research? I consider the substantive focus of approximately 200 articles published in top political science journals in the last ten years, collected for a joint review project with Eugene Finkel and Scott Gehlbach. [1] For additional information, check out my September post for the selection criteria and … Continue reading The Trajectory of a Booming Field: A Look Back at a Decade of HPE research (Part II).