Seminars - Page 5

Time and place: Sep. 24, 2021 11:15 AM12:30 PM, Gullhaug Torg 1

Title of the presentation "Land Property Rights, Cadasters and Economic Growth: A Cross-Country Panel 1000-2015 CE”


Since the transition to agricultural production, property rights to land have been a key institution for economic development. Clearly defined land rights provide economic agents with increased access to credit, secure returns on investment, free up resources used to defend one's land rights, and facilitate land market transactions. Formalized land records also strengthen governments' capacity to tax land-owners. Despite a large body of extant micro-level empirical studies, macro-level research on the evolution of formal rights to land, and their importance for economic growth, has so far been lacking. In this paper, we present a novel data set on the emergence of state-administered cadasters (i.e. centralized land records) for 159 countries over the last millennium. We also analyze empirically the association between the development of cadastral institutions and long-run economic growth in a panel of countries. Our findings demonstrate a substantive positive effect of the introduction of cadasters on modern per capita income levels, supporting theoretical conjectures that states with more formalized property rights to land should experience higher levels of economic growth.


Time and place: Sep. 10, 2021 2:00 PM3:30 PM, Zoom

Title of the presentation "Regime Threats and State Solutions”


Time and place: Mar. 5, 2021 2:15 PM3:30 PM, CET, Zoom

Title of the presentation "The Phantom at the Opera: How Social Movements Intersect with Institutional Politics; Reflections from A Study of American Political Development”

Time and place: Feb. 26, 2021 10:15 AM11:30 AM, CET, Zoom

Title: Mass attitudes in Difficult times: Natural Disasters and Authoritarianism

Time and place: Feb. 19, 2021 10:15 AM11:30 AM, CET, Zoom

Title: Explaining the Relationship Between Class Position and Political Preferences: A Long-Term Panel Analysis of Intra-Generational Class Mobility​