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Romain Wacziarg

Historical Barriers to the Wealth of Nations

Social Sciences Conference Thursday, April 4th, 2019 19:30 hours Madrid

General information:

Venue: Fundación Ramón Areces. Vitruvio, 5, Street. 28006. Madrid.

Free assistance with online registration. Limited capacity. Simultaneous interpretation.

Organized by:

Fundación Ramón Areces

In cooperation with:

Navarra Center for International Development (NCID) de la Universidad de Navarra

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The study of economic growth and development has moved from a focus on proximate determinants to the analysis of long-term factors rooted in history. Evidence suggests that economic development is affected by traits transmitted across generations throughout history. This conference will provide a framework to discuss the different channels through which historical characteristics may impact current economic development, asking to what extent the fortunes of nations are persistent and, conversely, to what extent purposeful human action can lead to positive change. The debate will also analyze whether these historical factors have impacted development directly or whether they act as indirect barriers to the diffusion of prosperity across population.

Thursday, April 4th

19:30 h.

Historical Barriers to the Wealth of Nations

Romain Wacziarg 

Romain Wacziarg is an American economist with a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. He holds the Hans Hufschmid Chair at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Additionally, he is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His areas of expertise include growth and development, political economy, and international economics. Among other topics, Professor Wacziarg is interested in the deep historical roots of current economic performance, the causes and effects of the global spread of democracy over the last few decades, and the effects of trade liberalization on growth and productivity.

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