Growth conference

"Deep Determinants of International Comparative Development"

Dates:  May 11-12, 2013

Location: The Watson Institute for International Studies, McKinney Conference Room (353), 111 Thayer Street, Providence, RI 02912

Directions from Hotel Providence to the conference building

Organizers: Oded Galor, Stelios Michalopoulos, David Weil; Administrative Assistant:  Natalia Ignatyeva



May 11, Saturday

9:30 am - 10:30 am: Enrico Spolaore (Tufts) and Romain Wacziarg (UCLA)

"How Deep Are the Roots of Economic Development?”

10:45 am - 11:45 am: Eren Arbatli (Moscow), Quamrul Ashraf (William and Harvard) and Oded Galor (Brown)

"The Nature of Civil Conflicts"

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Luigi Pascali (UPF)

“The Wind of Change: Steamboat, Trade and Growth”


2:30 pm - 3:30 pm: Ola Olsson (Gothenburg) and Christopher Paik (NYU)

"State History over Six Millennia: New Data and Results"

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm: Anastasia Litina (Luxembourg)

Unfavorable Land Endowment, Cooperation, and Reversal of Fortune

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Justin Cook (Yale)

“The Role of Lactase Persistence in Precolonial Development”

Group Dinner


May 12, Sunday

9:00 am - 10:00 am: Carl Johan Dalgaard (Copenhagen) and Holger Strulik (Tubingen) 

“The Physiological Origins of the Wealth of Nations”

10:15 am - 11:15 am: Matteo Cervellati (Bologna) and Uwe Sunde (Munich)

“The Economic and Demographic Transition, Mortality, and Comparative Development”

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: David de la Croix (UCL) and Omar Licandro (BSE)

"The Longevity of Famous People from Hammurabi to Einstein"


2:30 pm - 3:30 pm: Paola Giuliano (UCLA) and Nathan Nunn (Harvard)

"The Transmission of Democracy: From the Village to the Nation-State"

3:45 - 4:45 pm: James Fenske (Oxford)

“Climate, Ecosystem Resilience and the Slave Trade"

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Stelios Michalopoulos (Brown)

"Trade and Geography in the Origins and Spread of Islam"

Group Dinner