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Research Seminar on Diversity Marc Goñi "Landed Elites and Education Provision in England: Evidence from School Boards, 1871-1899"

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HSE International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development (ICSID) and NES Center for the Study of Diversity and Social Interactions are pleased to announce their next joint Research Seminar on Diversity and Development.The event is held jointly with the seminar “Political Economy”.

Marc GoñiAssistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Vienna, will present his paper "Landed Elites and Education Provision in England: Evidence from School Boards, 1871-1899".

The seminar will take place in the HSE building at 26-5 Shabolovka str., room 5409, at 5.00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

Working language of the seminar is English.

We would like to ask everyone who requires an HSE pass to send an e-mail to Oksana Antsiferova oantsiferova(at)hse.ru (stating your name, surname, your affiliation and contact e-mail address) until 10 a.m., June 25.

Abstract: This paper studies the relationship between landownership concentration and human capital in nineteenth-century England. Using newly compiled data on a wide range of education measures for 40 counties and 1,387 local School Boards, I show a negative association between land inequality, state-sponsored education, and human capital accumulation. To establish causality, I exploit exogenous variation in the location of great estates coming from geographical differences in soil texture and from the redistribution of land after the Norman conquest of 1066. In doing so, I document a strong persistence in inequality over eight centuries. Next, I show that the estimated effects are stronger where landlords had political power and that, where landownership was concentrated, individuals’ demand for education also responded to state-education funding. This implies that land inequality distorted human capital because of the political opposition of landed elites to education provision and not because of economic inequality or the lack of private demand for education.



We look forward to seeing you!
Kind regards,
ICSID and NES CSDSI