José G. Montalvo and Marta Reynal-Querol show a relevant effect of the skills of first colonizers on long-run levels of development in Latin America.
Jean-Marc Bédhat Atsebi and Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell measure life and financial satisfaction across definitions of reference groups to understand the mechanisms through which comparisons work in a poor setting.
André Gröger uses a dataset of Vietnamese households with international migrants to show that domestic and foreign migration decisions are interrelated and jointly determine outcomes at origin.
Antonio Ciccone finds that commodity price downturns lead to a substantial increase in the risk of civil war.
José García-Montalvo and Marta Reynal-Querol develop a systematic strategy to study the effect of diversity on growth by analyzing this relationship at different spatial scales.
Hannes Mueller and Christopher Rauh present a new method of predicting conflict through news topics which are generated automatically from a topic model.