Noel Johnson
George Mason University



(Wednesday, 18th May 2016)

Title : Spatial Techniques and Economic History: Evidence on Jewish Communities and City Growth, 1400-1850

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Religious tolerance is one of the core principles of modern liberal states. Recent methodological developments in economic history, including the extensive adoption of geospatial techniques to generate large disaggregated data sets, gives new insights into origins of religious tolerance in Europe. Specifically, I will discuss my research on Jewish urban communities and the gradual development institutions which tolerated religious diversity and how this translated into economic development.

Bibliographical references :

Dittmar, Jeremiah E. (2011), ‘Information technology and economic change: The impact of the printing press’, The Quarterly Journal of Economics 126(3), 1133–1172.

Donaldson, David and Richard Hornbeck (2016), ‘Railroads and American economic growth: A “mark access” approach’, Quarterly Journal of Economics Forthcoming.

Duranton, Gilles and Diego Puga (2013), The growth of cities. Memo.

Must read reference : Johnson, Noel D. and Mark Leo Koyama (2016), Jewish communities and city growth in preindustrial europe.

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Pascali, Luigi (2016), ‘Banks and development: Jewish communities in the Italian Renaissance and current economic performance’, Review of Economics and Statistics 98(1), 140–158.