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Essays in Economic Development

Abstract This dissertation consists in two chapters. In the first chapter I collected and digitized historical tax records from the Spanish colonial regime in Ecuador to estimate the long-run effects of a forced labor institution called concertaje on today’s economic performance. This institution allowed landlords to retain indigenous workers due to unpaid debts, and forced them to work as peasants in rural estates known as haciendas. In order to identify the causal effects of concertaje, I exploit variation in its intensity caused by differences in labor requirements from the crops a region could grow. I first report that an increase in 10 percentage points in concertaje rates is associated with a 6 percentage points increase in contemporary povert... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Rivadeneira Acosta, Alex Pierre (Author) / Ventura, Gustavo (Advisor) / Vereshchagina, Galina (Committee member) / Schoellman, Todd (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Economics
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 200 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Economics 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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