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  • Seminar with Marina Nistotksaya (University of Gothenburg) Sep. 24, 2021 11:15 AM

    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.

  • Seminar with Jonas Meckling (University of California, Berkeley) Oct. 15, 2021 2:15 PM

    Title TBD

  • Seminar with Lasse Leipziger (Aarhus University) Oct. 22, 2021 10:15 AM

    Title of the presentation "Ethnic Inequality and Regime Change: Investigating an Asymmetric Relationship"

  • Seminar with Adam Scharpf (GIGA) Nov. 5, 2021 10:15 AM

    Title of the presentation "International Sports Events, Media Attention, and Repression: Evidence from the 1978 FIFA World Cup"

  • Seminar with Andre Walter (University of St. Gallen) Nov. 26, 2021 10:15 AM

    Title of the presentation "Vox Populi. Public Support for the Popular Initiative"


  • Research Assistants wanted for two projects on autocratic politics Sep. 10, 2021 3:44 PM

    We are recruiting 4-5 research assistants (RAs) for two research projects, involving several researchers at the Department of Political Science, UiO. The positions are part-time, tasks are varied, and training/work may begin already in October for some of the recruited RAs.

  • Image may contain: Text, Iphone, Facial hair, Gadget, Technology. The World With Viruses: Global viruses lead to political instability Apr. 6, 2020 10:10 AM

    “I believe that there are many leaders around the world who are currently at risk of putting a foot wrong,” says Tore Wig. As a political scientist he has been conducting research on the reasons for the collapse of regimes.

  • Photos of dissidents New book on dissidents in Communist Central Europe Nov. 13, 2019 2:58 PM

    Who is a dissident? When did the word enter international political vocabulary, and how did it come to mean human rights activists rather than religious heretics?