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Development and History

Members of the Development and Economic History Research Group combine archival data, lab-in-the-field experiments, randomized controlled trials, text analysis, survey and secondary data along with theoretical tools to study issues in development and economic history. Faculty and students work in the field in South Asia, China and Africa as well as doing archival work in libraries across Europe and Asia.

Almost all faculty are members of CAGE in the economics department and some are also members of Warwick Interdisciplinary Centre for International Development (WICID). There is a regular weekly external seminar, two weekly internal workshops, and high quality PhD students. We also organise international conferences on campus, or in Venice.

Our activities

Development and Economic History Research Group Workshop/Seminar

Monday: 1.00-2.00pm
For faculty and PhD students at Warwick and other top-level academic institutions across the world. For a detailed scheduled of speakers please follow the link below.
Organisers: Yannick Dupraz

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Wed 27 Jan, '21
CAGE-AMES - Antonio Schiavone (PGR)
via Microsoft Teams

Antonio is presenting his paper co-authored with Yatish Arya. Title and Abstract:

Title: Is closure of local newspapers always bad for democracy? Evidence from US (joint with Yatish Arya)

Abstract: Over the last two decades, US voters have become more and more polarised and the share of voters splitting their tickets has seen a sharp decrease. Evidence suggests that people split their tickets more when they have more information about candidates and thus when accountability is higher. We study how the closure of local newspapers in US counties is affecting voters’ polarization. On the extensive margin, using an event-study approach for the even election years between 2006-2018, we find that the probability of splitting a voting ticket significantly decreases in counties that become a news desert (one or zero local newspapers). On the other hand, instrumenting the number of newspapers by the presence of Craigslist in a county, we find that over the same time period, split tickets increase when local newspapers close down. The combination of these results suggests the existence of a non-monotonic relation between information and polarization.