Pandemics and economic inequality

In his book on the global history of inequality Walter Scheidel argues that there are four forces that have effectively managed to decrease economic inequality over history. The four “horsemen of leveling” (as Scheidel label them) are mass-mobilization warfare, revolutions, state collapse and pandemics. It is the latter one that is sadly…

Gendered diverging destinies

We (Diederik Boertien and I) have just uploaded a new working paper with a critical discussion of the diverging destinies thesis, additional analyses on the heterogeneity of the union dissolution penalty by socio-economic background in USA and, most importantly, a separate test of the diverging destinites thesis for boys and…

To donate or not to donate

On the 17 of March, the decree law “Cura Italia” issued by the Italian Government authorizes the Department of Civil Protection to open bank accounts dedicated exclusively to the collection and use of donations of funds aimed at dealing with the epidemiological emergency of the COVID-19 virus. Individuals’ donations are…