Research


Working Papers

  • Davide Cantoni, Cathrin Mohr, Matthias Weigand
    "The Rise of Fiscal Capacity"
    Current draft (July 2021): [pdf]
  • Leonardo Bursztyn, Davide Cantoni, Patricia Funk, Felix Schönenberger, Noam Yuchtman
    "Do Polls Affect Elections? Evidence from Swiss Referenda"
    Current draft (May 2021): [pdf]
  • Davide Cantoni, Felix Hagemeister, Mark Westcott
    "Persistence and Activation of Right-Wing Political Ideology"
    Current draft (May 2020): [pdf]
  • Davide Cantoni, David Y. Yang, Noam Yuchtman, Y. Jane Zhang
    "The Fundamental Determinants of Anti-Authoritarianism"
    Current draft (November 2016): [pdf]

Publications

  • Leonardo Bursztyn, Davide Cantoni, David Y. Yang, Noam Yuchtman, Y. Jane Zhang
    "Persistent Political Engagement: Social Interactions and the Dynamics of Protest Movements"
    American Economic Review: Insights, Vol. 3, N. 2 (June 2021): pp. 233–250
    Original article: [AEA website] [PDF] [Copyright notice] [Online Appendix]
    Final draft (March 2020): [pdf]
  • Davide Cantoni, David Y. Yang, Noam Yuchtman, Y. Jane Zhang
    "Protests as Strategic Games: Experimental Evidence from Hong Kong’s Democracy Movement"
    Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 134, N. 2 (May 2019): pp. 1021–1077
    Original article (open access): [QJE website]
    Final draft (October 2018): [pdf]
  • Davide Cantoni, Jeremiah Dittmar, Noam Yuchtman
    "Religious Competition and Reallocation: The Political Economy of Secularization in the Protestant Reformation"
    Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 133, N. 4 (November 2018): pp. 2037–2096
    Original article (open access): [QJE website]
    Latest draft (October 2017): [NBER WP]
  • Davide Cantoni, Yuyu Chen, David Y. Yang, Noam Yuchtman, Y. Jane Zhang
    "Curriculum and Ideology"
    Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 125, N. 2 (April 2017): pp. 338–392
    Original article: [JPE website]
    Latest draft (October 2015): [pdf]
  • Leonardo Bursztyn, Davide Cantoni
    "A Tear in the Iron Curtain: The Impact of Western Television on Consumption Behavior"
    Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 91, N. 1 (March 2016): pp. 25–41
    Original article: [REStat website]
    Latest draft (August 2012): [CEPR WP] or [Munich Econ WP]
  • Davide Cantoni
    "The Economic Effects of the Protestant Reformation: Testing the Weber Hypothesis in the German Lands"
    Journal of the European Economic Association, Vol. 13, N. 4 (August 2015): pp. 561–598
    Original article: [JEEA website]
    Final draft (May 2014): [pdf]
    Supplementary Appendix: [pdf]
  • Davide Cantoni, Noam Yuchtman
    "Medieval Universities, Legal Institutions, and the Commercial Revolution"
    Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 129, N. 2 (May 2014): pp. 823–887
    Original article: [QJE website]
    Supplementary Appendix: [pdf]
    Final draft (October 2013): [CESifo WP]
  • Davide Cantoni, Noam Yuchtman
    "The Political Economy of Educational Content and Development: Lessons from History"
    Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 104 (September 2013): pp. 233–244
    Original article: [JDE website]
    Final draft (April 2013): [CESifo WP] or [BEHL WP]
  • Davide Cantoni
    "Adopting a New Religion: The Case of Protestantism in 16th Century Germany"
    Economic Journal, Vol. 122, N. 560 (May 2012): pp. 502–531
    Original article: [EJ website]
    Final draft (August 2011): [pdf]
  • Daron Acemoglu, Davide Cantoni, Simon Johnson, and James A. Robinson
    "The Consequences of Radical Reform: The French Revolution"
    American Economic Review, Vol. 101, N. 7 (December 2011): pp. 3286–3307
    Original article: [pdf] or [AER website]

Work in Progress

  • "Historical Contingencies, Econometric Problems: The Analysis of Natural Experiments in Economic History" (with Noam Yuchtman)
  • "Territorial Roots of National Identity" (with Cathrin Mohr, Matthias Weigand)
  • "Measuring Redistributional Preferences in East Asia" (with Vinci Y.C. Chow, David Y. Yang, Noam Yuchtman, and Y. Jane Zhang)
  • "Beliefs, Attitudes and Preferences of the Chinese Political Elites" (with Yuyu Chen, David Y. Yang, Noam Yuchtman, Y. Jane Zhang, David Zweig)
  • "Urbanization in Europe: Regional Variations, 1700–1900"

Other research (Book chapters)

  • Davide Cantoni, Noam Yuchtman
    "Historical Natural Experiments: Bridging Economics and Economic History"
    In: Alberto Bisin and Giovanni Federico (eds.), Handbook of Historical Economics, Academic Press 2021.
    Publisher site: [link]
    Final draft (January 2020): [pdf]
  • Davide Cantoni, Felix Hagemeister, Mark Westcott
    "Voting for the far right in Germany"
    In: Dalia Marin (ed.), Explaining Germany's Exceptional Recovery, CEPR Press (VoxEU.org Books) 2018.
    E-book: [link]
  • Daron Acemoglu, Davide Cantoni, Simon Johnson, and James A. Robinson
    "From Ancien Regime to Capitalism: The Spread of the French Revolution as a Natural Experiment"
    In: Jared Diamond and James A. Robinson (eds.), Natural Experiments of History, Harvard University Press 2010.
    Publisher site: [link]
    Final draft: [pdf]

Policy and other papers

  • Davide Cantoni
    "China und Hongkong am Scheideweg"
    Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Vol. 21, N. 2 (June 2020): pp. 185–196: [link]
  • Davide Cantoni, Jeremiah Dittmar, Noam Yuchtman
    The religious roots of the secular West: The Protestant Reformation and the allocation of resources in Europe
    voxEU column (October 2017): [link]
  • Davide Cantoni, David Y. Yang, Noam Yuchtman
    Power to the people? China’s policy trilemma in Hong Kong
    LSE Management Blog (October 2017): [link]
  • Davide Cantoni, Felix Hagemeister, Mark Westcott
    Explaining the Alternative für Deutschland party’s electoral success: The shadow of Nazi voting
    voxEU column (September 2017): [link]
  • Davide Cantoni, Yuyu Chen, David Y. Yang, Noam Yuchtman, Y. Jane Zhang
    Curriculum and ideology
    voxEU column (May 2014): [link]
  • Davide Cantoni, Noam Yuchtman
    How universities helped transform the medieval world
    voxEU column (May 2012): [link]
  • Davide Cantoni
    "Godly business"
    Foreign Policy, 178 (March/April 2010): [link]
  • Daron Acemoglu, Davide Cantoni, Simon Johnson, James A. Robinson
    How imposed institutional reforms can work
    voxEU column (July 2009): [link]