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Entrepreneurship and the historical legacy of war: evidence from Eastern Europe and Central Asia

We use within-country data on combat operations during World War II, along with survey evidence, to show that war had a long-term scarring effect on entrepreneurial behavior after 1989 in the former communist countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In contrast, we document a limited impact of war exposure on present-day employment, and even a small positive effect on whether the respondent works in a high-skill industry. Our results are robust to controlling for fixed sub-national factors and a wide range of individual characteristics, as well as to using a self-reported survey measure of World War II family victimization. We explore the salience of several potential mechanisms, such as human capital, income, health, physical destruction and social capital. More...

Starts: Feb 3, 2015 5:00:00 PM

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The Political Economy of Crisis Adjustment in Central-Eastern Europe: Economic Prosperity and Social Cohesion After the Crash

Having previously been shielded from periodic turmoil in the global economy, the financial crisis of 2008/9 has presented an unprecedented challenge for the political economies of Central-Eastern Europe (CEE).
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Starts: Jan 27, 2015 5:00:00 PM

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Entrepreneurship and the historical legacy of war: evidence from Eastern Europe and Central Asia

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Start: Feb 3, 2015 5:00:00 PM
End: Feb 3, 2015 7:00:00 PM

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Cagatay Bircan (EBRD)

We use within-country data on combat operations during World War II, along with survey evidence, to show that war had a long-term scarring effect on entrepreneurial behavior after 1989 in the former communist countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In contrast, we document a limited impact of war exposure on present-day employment, and even a small positive effect on whether the respondent works in a high-skill industry. Our results are robust to controlling for fixed sub-national factors and a wide range of individual characteristics, as well as to using a self-reported survey measure of World War II family victimization. We explore the salience of several potential mechanisms, such as human capital, income, health, physical destruction and social capital.

The Political Economy of Crisis Adjustment in Central-Eastern Europe: Economic Prosperity and Social Cohesion After the Crash

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Start: Jan 27, 2015 5:00:00 PM

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Daniel Kral (UCL SSEES)

Having previously been shielded from periodic turmoil in the global economy, the financial crisis of 2008/9 has presented an unprecedented challenge for the political economies of Central-Eastern Europe (CEE).

Was Domar Right? The Second Serfdom, the Land-Labour Ratio, and Urbanization in Eighteenth-Century Bohemia

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Start: Jan 20, 2015 5:00:00 PM

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Alex Klein, University of Kent

The ‘second serfdom’ is widely regarded as one of the sources of the early modern Little Divergence, during which the economies of eastern and eastern-central Europe are seen as decisively falling behind those of the west.

Daughters, Dowries, Deliveries: The Effect of Marital Payments on Fertility Choices in India

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Start: Dec 9, 2014 5:00:00 PM
End: Dec 9, 2014 6:30:00 PM

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Marco Alfano (UCL Economics)

This paper investigates the effect of the differential pecuniary costs of sons and daughters on fertility decisions. The focus is on dowries in India, which increase the economic returns to sons and decrease the returns to daughters. 

EBRD Transition report-Transition through Innovation

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Start: Nov 25, 2014 5:15:00 PM
End: Nov 25, 2014 7:00:00 PM

Presenter: Peter Sanfey, Deputy Director, EBRD
Discussants: James Roaf, IMF resident representative in CEE

Constrained Sub-optimality with Land

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Start: Oct 28, 2014 5:00:00 PM
End: Oct 28, 2014 6:30:00 PM

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Measuring regional entrepreneurship: The Regional Entrepreneurship and Development Index (REDI) Zoltan Acs (LSE)

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Start: Oct 7, 2014 5:00:00 PM
End: Oct 7, 2014 6:30:00 PM

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In this paper the Regional Entrepreneurship and Development Index (REDI) has been constructed for capturing the contextual features of entrepreneurship across EU regions. The REDI method builds on the National Systems of Entrepreneurship Theory and provides a way to profile Regional Systems of Entrepreneurship.

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