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In brief... The lasting impact of epidemics
Jeremiah Dittmar and Ralph R. Meisenzahl
November 2020
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CentrePiece 25 (3) Autumn 2020

Tags: covid-19; plagues; economic history

What can we learn about the potential effects of Covid-19 by looking at plagues of the past? According to Jeremiah Dittmar and Ralf Meisenzahl, history suggests that experiences of severe suffering can lead populations to reject poorly performing ruling elites and generate more inclusive social arrangements.

This article draws on `Public Goods Institutions, Human Capital, and Growth: Evidence from German History? by Jeremiah Dittmar and Ralf Meisenzahl, published in the Review of Economic Studies 87(2): 959-96 in March 2020.