LSE-Stanford Conference on Long Range Development in Latin America - Day 1

Thursday, May 11, 2017

8:30 am

Location TBD

Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies, London School of Economics, Universidad de los Andes

(See Day Two schedule here.)

Organizers: Jean-Paul Faguet (London School of Economics) and Alberto Diaz-Cayeros (Stanford)

A multi-disciplinary conference probing the institutional, political and economic drivers of long-run development patterns in Latin America and beyond.

Political economy research on Latin America is on the verge of a major breakthrough, based on deep collaborations between historians, political scientists, economists and scientists further afield.  The research presented features new empirical approaches, exploiting novel datasets, subnational variation, and mixed methods in ways that promise to shed light on some of the most complex social issues of our time. With this event we inaugurate a regular series that will alternate between Stanford, the LSE, and Universidad de los Andes.

May 11

8:30–9:15: Breakfast, welcome and introductions

9:15–10:45 Where do Institutions Come From?

Stephen Haber (Stanford), Jordan Horrillo and Roy Elis-Where Does Democracy Thrive: Climate, Technology, and the Evolution of Political and Economic Institutions

Lisa Blaydes (Stanford)-Political Cultures

Omar Garcia Ponce (UC-Davis)-Critical Junctures: Independence Movements and Democracy in Africa

Discussant: Carles Boix (Princeton)

10:45–11:00: Coffee Break

11:00–12:30 Political Instability & State Capacity

Carolina Curvale (FLACSO)-What types of institutions promote growth? An empirical investigation of Latin American countries since independence

Saumitra Jha (Stanford)-Forging a Non-Violent Mass Movement: Economic Shocks and Organizational Innovations in India’s Struggle for Democracy

Luz Marina Arias (CIDE)-The Legacy of War Dynamics on Fiscal Capacity: Evidence from 19th Century Mexico

Discussant: Herbert Klein (Stanford)

12:30–1:30 Lunch Speaker

Rodolfo Acuña Soto (UNAM)-Epidemiology, Drought and Demography of the Ancient Americas

1:30–3:00 Clientelism, Patronage and Cooptation

Guo Xu (LSE)-The Costs of Patronage: Evidence from the British Empire

Maria del Pilar Lopez-Uribe (LSE)-Threat of Revolution, Peasant Movements and Redistribution: The Colombian Case 1957-1985

Leopoldo Fergusson (U. de los Andes)-Political Competition and State Capacity: Evidence from a Land Allocation Program in Mexico

Discussant: Joana Naritomi (LSE)

3:00–3:15 Coffee Break

3:15–4:45 Human and “Social” Capital

Agustina Paglayan (Stanford)-Civil War, State Consolidation, and the Spread of Mass Education

Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton)-Education and Long-Term Social Mobility in Benin

Edgar Franco (Stanford)-Colonial Alliances, Local Governance and Development: Evidence from Tlaxcala, Mexico

Discussant: Marcella Alsan (Stanford)

4:45–6:15 Ethnicity and Development

Felipe Valencia Caicedo (Bonn)-Tordesillas, Slavery and the Origins of Brazilian Inequality (Joint with Thomas Fujiwara and Humberto Laudares)

Fabio Sánchez (U. de los Andes)-Ethnicity and Long-Run Industrialization in Colombia

Francisco Garfias (UCSD) & Emily Sellars (Texas A&M University)-Elite Conflict, Demographic Collapse, and the Transition to Direct Rule: Evidence from Colonial Mexico

Discussant: Melissa Dell (Harvard)

Thursday, May 11, 2017
8:30 am – 6:15 pm
Location TBD

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