Demographics

Scholarly Publications

The Dynastic Imagination

Family and Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Germany

Leaving the Enclave: Historical Evidence on Immigrant Mobility from the Industrial Removal Office

June 2020

We study a program that funded 39,000 Jewish households in New York City to leave enclave neighborhoods circa 1910.

Limited liability and investment: Evidence from changes in marital property laws in the US South, 1840–1850

April 2020

We study the impact of marital property legislation passed in the US South in the 1840s on households’ investment in risky, entrepreneurial projects.

Other Publications

Getting Serious about Race

July 2017

With every passing election, it seems clearer and clearer that the Western world's rich democracies are going through a fundamental political realignment.

News

Self-inflicted wounds: The Church and dissipation of Christianity in Europe

August 2020

Christianity in Europe is fading. A vague and symbolic identity is replacing belief in God, belonging to denominations, and attendance at religious services. Olivier Roy documents these changes in Is...

Anti-Semitism surge in Europe reflects loss of values, historical awareness, says Stanford scholar

September 2014

European leaders need to speak out more strongly against the escalation of anti-Semitism, a Stanford professor says."They should be willing to enforce the law," said Russell Berman, a Stanford...

Old Events

Book Talk: "The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century" with Walter Scheidel

October 27, 2016

DUE TO THE OVERWHELMING RESPONSE FOR THIS EVENT, WE ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED AND UNABLE TO TAKE FURTHER RSVPS. Are mass violence and catastrophes the only forces that can seriously decrease economic...

The Luxury Goods Vote: Why the Left Loses from Asymmetric Electoral Accountability

January 15, 2015

Voters often punish incumbent parties for poor economic performance; whether they treat left and right governments differently is less clear.  The literature hosts multiple disconnected and often...