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Typhoid Fever, Water Quality, and Human Capital Formation
Investment in water purification technologies led to large mortality declines by helping eradicate typhoid fever and other waterborne diseases. This paper seeks to understand how these technologiesExpand
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Coal Smoke and Mortality in an Early Industrial Economy
Air pollution was severe in the nineteenth century, yet its health consequences are often overlooked due to a lack of pollution data. We offer a new approach for inferring local coal use levels basedExpand
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Recessions , Mortality , and Migration Bias : Evidence from the Lancashire Cotton Famine ∗ Vellore
We examine the health effects of the Lancashire Cotton Famine, a sharp downturn in the cotton textile manufacturing regions of Britain induced by the U.S. Civil War. This is a setting characterizedExpand
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Gridlock: Ethnic Diversity in Government and the Provision of Public Goods
How does ethnic diversity in government impact public good provision? We construct a novel dataset linking the ethnicity of California city council candidates to election outcomes and expenditureExpand
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Fetal Shock or Selection? The 1918 Influenza Pandemic and Human Capital Development
Almond (2006) argues that in utero exposure to the 1918 influenza pandemic lowered socioeconomic status in adulthood, whereas Brown & Thomas (2018) find that the effect disappears after controllingExpand
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The 1918 Influenza Pandemic and its Lessons for COVID-19
This article reviews the global health and economic consequences of the 1918 influenza pandemic, with a particular focus on topics that have seen a renewed interest because of COVID-19. We begin byExpand
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Business as usual: Politicians with business experience, government finances, and policy outcomes
Are government finances and policy outcomes different under politicians with business experience? We study California city councils and implement a regression discontinuity strategy to provide causalExpand
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Losing by Less? Import Competition, Unemployment Insurance Generosity, and Crime
We explore the extent to which increased import competition affected crime in US labor markets between 1990 and 2007, and whether access to unemployment insurance attenuated this relationship. In theExpand
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Alternative Fuels for Automobiles
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Time or spot? A revaluation of Amsterdam market data prior to 1747
Scholars historically believed that the market price data reported for Amsterdam markets were spot prices prior to 1747. Neal (The rise of financial capitalism: international capital markets in theExpand
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