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Domenico Rossignoli: The Cross and the Sword. Religious Identity, Land Ownership, and Conflict..

Termin Mittwoch, 15. November 2023, 18.00 - 19.30 Uhr
Veranstaltungsart Workshop/Seminar
Reihe Forschungsseminar "Economic History, Growth & Development"
Einrichtung Wirtschaftswissenschaftlicher Bereich
Veranstalter Lehrstuhl Prof. Dr. Lars Börner
Veranstaltungsort Institut für Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Seminarraum I
Straße Große Steinstraße 73
PLZ/Ort 06108 Halle (Saale)


Presenter: Ass. Prof. Domenico Rossignoli, PhD (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan)
Title: The Cross and the Sword. Religious Identity, Land Ownership, and Conflict: Evidence from Six Centuries of English History

Does the secular or religious identity of rulers affect the chances that a conflict emerges on their land? We answer this question using fine-grained local, geo-coded data on conflicts and land ownership during eight centuries of English history. We causally identify the effect of identity on conflict using a difference-in-differences strategy, where we compare holdings that remained in secular hands with those that switched to Benedictine tenant-in-chiefs after the Norman Conquest (1066). We show that the two groups are not different before the Conquest, in terms of probability of experiencing a conflict. After the conquest, and before the dissolution (1536), holdings controlled by Monasteries experience a significantly higher probability of conflict. The difference disappears again after the Dissolution. We show that the effect is driven by high-value holdings and it is particularly strong in the period including the “Peasant’s revolt” (1381).


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