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DEEP Macro Workshop

The DEEP organizes a macro workshop for PhD students. PhD students in macro should attend this workshop. Anybody else is welcome.

This workshop will have two main functions:
i) students can present their ongoing thesis work;
ii) students present some recent paper that could be of interest for their thesis (and could be of interest to the audience).

Presentations should be between 30 and 45 min. to leave ample time for questions and discussions.

Occasionally, there will also be presentations by visitors or local faculty.

Send an email to Fang.Liu.2@unil.ch for further information or booking a slot.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINES: LABOR-SAVING TECHNOLOGY AND UNREST IN ENGLAND, 1830-32*

Bruno Caprettini (University of Zurich)

25 avril 2017  -  12:15-13:30, salle Extranef 109

Host(s): Dominic Rohner

 

Can the adoption of labor-saving technology lead to social instability and unrest? We examine a canonical historical case, the so-called ̳Captain Swing‘ riots in 1830s Britain. Variously attributed to the adverse consequences of weather shocks, the shortcomings of the Poor Law, or the after-effects of enclosure, we emphasize the importance of a new technology – the threshing machine. Invented in the 1780s, it spread during and after the Napoleonic Wars. Using farm advertisements from newspapers published in 66 English and Welsh towns, we compile a new measure of the technology‘s diffusion. Parishes with ads for threshing machines had much higher riot probabilities in 1830 – and the relationship was even stronger for machine- breaking attacks. Threshing machines were mainly useful in wheat-growing areas. To establish a causal role for labor-saving technology, we instrument technology adoption with the FAO measure of soil suitability for wheat, and show that this in turn predicts unrest. 

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