The Columbian Shock: Explaining Long-Term Development of the Americas

Event Details

Organizers: Leticia Arroyo Abad (CUNY & CEPR) and José-Antonio Espín-Sánchez (Yale)

Sponsored by:  Economic Growth Center at Yale

Date: October 14th- October 15th, 2022

Location:  Yale School of Management, Evans Hall 4400 and 2300BTR, 165 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT

The conference is by invitation only. Please register here for passwords to unlock papers and to stay informed of conference updates.

Please contact Noel Sardalla if you have any questions.


Friday, October 14

9:00 – 10:00 am
Breakfast (2300BTR -  Beineke Terrace Room)

10:00 – 10:30 am
Welcome by Leticia Arroyo Abad (CUNY and CEPR) and José-Antonio Espín-Sánchez (Yale University) 

Panel 1


Chair:  Leticia Arroyo Abad (CUNY and CEPR)

10:30 – 11:15 am
Long-Distance Trade and Long-Term Persistence” by Sebastian Ellingsen (University of Bristol) 

11:15 – 12:00 pm
Bourbon Reforms and State Capacity in the Spanish Empire” by Luis Roberto Martinez (University of Chicago), Leopoldo Fergusson (Universidad de los Andes), Giorgio Chiovelli (Universidad de Montevideo), Felipe Valencia Caicedo (University of British Columbia), and Juan David Torres (Stanford University) 

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Lunch (2300BTR -  Beineke Terrace Room)

keynote address


1:00 – 1:30 pm
What We Have Learned from Using the Spanish Royal Treasury Records” by Herbert Klein (Columbia University)  

Panel 2


Chair:  Noel Maurer (George Washington University)

1:30 – 2:15 pm
Conquered but not Vanquished: Complementarities and Indigenous Entrepreneurs in the Shadow of Violence” by Alberto Diaz-Cayeros (Stanford University) and Saumitra Jha (Stanford University) 

2:15 – 3:00 pm
Pueblos de Indios, Colonial Haciendas, Land Reform and Economic Development in 20th-century Rural Mexico” by Luz Marina Arias (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas)

3:00 – 3:30 pm
Coffee break 

Panel 3


Chair:  José Moya (Barnard College)

3:30 – 4:15 pm 
Work, Migration, and Living Standards in the Caribbean: Evidence from Dominican Residency Permits, 1940-54” by Brian Marein (University of Toronto) and Craig Palsson (Utah State University) 

4:15 – 5:00 pm
The Impact of Violence During the Mexican Revolution on Migration to the United States” by David Escamilla-Guerrero (University of St Andrews), Edward Kosack (Xavier University), and Zachary Ward  (Baylor University and NBER) 

6:00 pm
Dinner - by invitation only

saturday, October 15

9:00 – 10:00 am
Breakfast (2300BTR -  Beineke Terrace Room)

keynote address


10:00 – 10:30 am
Perspectives on Immigration to the Americas” by Blanca Sánchez-Alonso (Universidad CEU San Pablo) 

Panel 4


Chair:  Leandro Prados de la Escosura (Carlos III University)

10:30 – 11:15 am
Like an Ink Blot on Paper: Testing the Diffusion Hypothesis of Mass Migration, Italy 1876-1920” by Yannay Spitzer 
(Hebrew University of Jerusalem and CEPR) and Ariell Zimran (Vanderbilt University and NBER) 

11:15 – 12:00 pm
The Impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act on the U.S. Economy” by Joe Long (Research Improving People’s Lives), Carlo Medici (Northwestern University), Nancy Qian (Northwestern University), and Marco Tabellini (Harvard University) 

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Lunch (2300BTR -  Beineke Terrace Room)