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In the Forest of No Joy: The Congo-Océan Railroad and the Tragedy of French Colonialism

James P. Daughton
2021
The epic story of the Congo-Océan railroad and the human costs and contradictions of modern empire.
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Blood and Diamonds

Steven Press
2021
Germany’s Imperial Ambitions in Africa
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The Dynastic Imagination

Adrian Daub
2021
Family and Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Germany
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The Cambridge Companion to Medieval British Manuscripts

Edited by Orietta Da Rold, Elaine Traharne
2020
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Power and Time Temporalities in Conflict and the Making of History

Edited by Natasha Wheatley, Stefanos Geroulanos, Dan Edelstein
University of Chicago Press , 2020

Time is the backdrop of historical inquiry, yet it is much more than a featureless setting for events. Different temporalities interact dynamically; sometimes they coexist tensely, sometimes they clash violently. In this innovative volume, editors Dan Edelstein, Stefanos Geroulanos, and Natasha Wheatley challenge how we interpret history by focusing on the nexus of two concepts—“power” and “time”—as they manifest in a wide variety of case studies.

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The Macroeconomics of Corporate Debt

Markus Brunnermeier, Arvind Krishnamurthy
The Review of Corporate Finance Studies , 2020
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Trade policy under monopolistic competition with firm selection

Kyle Bagwell, Seung Hoon Lee
Journal of International Economics , 2020

We analyze unilateral, efficient and Nash trade policies in a symmetric, two-country version of the Melitz-Ottaviano (2008) model. Starting at global free trade, we show that a country gains from the introduction of (1) a small import tariff; (2) a small export subsidy, if trade costs are low and the dispersion of productivities is high; and (3) an appropriately combined small increase in its import and export tariffs. The welfare of its trading partner, however, falls in each of these three cases.

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Classical Athens as an Epistemic Democracy

Josiah Ober
2020
Chapter in Brill's Companion to the Reception of Athenian Democracy: From the Late Middle Ages to the Contemporary Era
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Time’s Monster: How History Makes History

Priya Satia
Harvard University Press , 2020

For generations, British thinkers told the history of an empire whose story was still very much in the making. While they wrote of conquest, imperial rule in India, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean was consolidated. While they described the development of imperial governance, rebellions were brutally crushed. As they reimagined empire during the two world wars, decolonization was compromised. Priya Satia shows how these historians not only interpreted the major political events of their time but also shaped the future that followed.

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WHAT TECH CALLS THINKING An Inquiry Into the Intellectual Bedrock of Silicon Valley

Adrian Daub
Farrar, Straus and Giroux , 2020

Adrian Daub’s What Tech Calls Thinking is a lively dismantling of the ideas that form the intellectual bedrock of Silicon Valley. Equally important to Silicon Valley’s world-altering innovation are the language and ideas it uses to explain and justify itself. And often, those fancy new ideas are simply old motifs playing dress-up in a hoodie.

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Who Is My Neighbor? The Spatial Efficiency of Partisanship

Nicholas Eubank, Jonathan Rodden
Statistics and Public Policy , 2020
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Spatial Models, Legislative Gridlock, and Resource Policy Reform

Nathan Chael, Christophe Crombez, Pieterjan Vangerven
Annual Review of Resource Economics , 2020

This review evaluates the use of spatial models for the analysis of policymaking. First, we examine spatial theory and its applications in a variety ofinstitutional settings.

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Working Papers

Leveraging the Power of Place: A Data-Driven Decision Helper to Improve the Location Decisions of Economic Immigrants

Jeremy Ferwerda, Nicholas Adams-Cohen, Jennifer Fei, Duncan Lawrence, Jeremy M. Weinstein, Jens Hainmueller
Immigration Policy Lab (IPL) Working Paper Series , 2020

A growing number of countries have established programs to attract immigrants who can contribute to their economy. Research suggests that an immigrant's initial arrival location plays a key role in shaping their economic success. Yet immigrants currently lack access to personalized information that would help them identify optimal destinations. Instead, they often rely on availability heuristics, which can lead to the selection of sub-optimal landing locations, lower earnings, elevated outmigration rates, and concentration in the most well-known locations.

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Equity Duration and Predictability

Benjamin Golez, Peter Koudijs
SSRN , 2020

One of the most puzzling findings in asset pricing is that expected returns dominate variation in the dividend-to-price ratio, leaving little room for dividend growth rates. Even more puzzling is that this dominance only emerged after 1945. We develop a present value model to argue that a general increase in equity duration can explain these findings. As cash flows to investors accrue further into the future, shocks to highly persistent expected returns become relatively more important than shocks to growth rates.

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MPCs, MPEs and Multipliers: A Trilemma for New Keynesian Models

Adrien Auclert, Bence Bardóczy, Matthew Rognlie
NBER , 2020

We establish an impossibility result for New Keynesian models with a frictionless labor market: these models cannot simultaneously match plausible estimates of marginal propensities to consume (MPCs), marginal propensities to earn (MPEs), and fiscal multipliers. A HANK model with sticky wages provides a solution to this trilemma.

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Do fiscal rules decrease public investment? Evidence from European panel data

Sebastiaan Wijsman, Christophe Crombez
European journal of economics and economic policies intervention , 2020
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Mortgage Amortization and Wealth Accumulation

Asaf Bernstein, Peter Koudijs
SSRN , 2020

Standard mortgage contracts include periodic debt repayment plans (amortization schedules) designed to build-up illiquid savings in the form of home equity, which can be substantial even from a macroeconomic standpoint. For example, U.S. households invest hundreds of ($) billions each year in mortgage amortization plans – comparable in size to pension program contributions. We provide the first empirical evidence on the causal effects of mortgage amortization on wealth accumulation. Ex-ante, effects are unclear.

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Multilateral Trade Bargaining: A First Look at the GATT Bargaining Records

Kyle Bagwell, Robert W. Staiger, Ali Yurukoglu
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics , 2020

This paper empirically examines recently declassified tariff bargaining data from the GATT/WTO. Focusing on the Torquay Round (1950–1951), we document stylized facts about these interconnected high-stakes international negotiations that suggest a lack of strategic behavior among the participating governments and an important multilateral element to the bilateral bargains.

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Medieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age

edited by Benjamin Albritton, Georgia Henley, Elaine Treharne
Routledge , 2020

Medieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age explores one major manuscript repository’s digital presence and poses timely questions about studying books from a temporal and spatial distance via the online environment.

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Colonialism, slavery and ‘The Great Experiment’: Carbon, nitrogen and oxygen isotope analysis of Le Morne and Bois Marchand cemeteries, Mauritius

Emm Lightfoot, Saša Čaval, Diego Calaon, Jo Appleby, Jonathan Santana, Alessandra Cianciosi, Rosa Fregel, Krish Seetah
Journal of Archaeological Science , 2020

Slavery, colonialism and emancipation are important aspects of archaeological research in the Atlantic region, but the lifeways of colonial populations remain understudied in the Indian Ocean World. Here, we help to redress this imbalance by undertaking stable isotope analysis (C, N and O) on human remains from Mauritius, a location which played an important role in the movement of people across the Indian Ocean and beyond.

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