Violence and economic activity: evidence from African American patents, 1870–1940

  title={Violence and economic activity: evidence from African American patents, 1870–1940},
  author={Lisa D. Cook},
  journal={Journal of Economic Growth},
  • L. Cook
  • Published 10 May 2014
  • Economics
  • Journal of Economic Growth
Recent studies have examined the effect of political conflict and domestic terrorism on economic and political outcomes. This paper uses the rise in mass violence between 1870 and 1940 as an historical experiment for determining the impact of ethnic and political violence on economic activity, namely patenting. I find that violent acts account for more than 1,100 missing patents compared to 726 actual patents among African American inventors over this period. Valuable patents decline in… 
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