Réka Juhász

Working Papers

Temporary Protection and Technology Adoption: Evidence from the Napoleonic Blockade

Online Appendix

Revised and resubmitted to the American Economic Review
Awarded FREIT-EIIT Best Graduate Paper Prize, 2014
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This paper uses a natural experiment to estimate the causal effect of temporary trade protection on long-term economic development. I find that regions in the French Empire which became better protected from trade with the British for exogenous reasons during the Napoleonic Wars (1803-15) increased capacity in mechanized cotton spinning to a larger extent than regions which remained more exposed to trade. In the long-run, regions with exogenously higher spinning capacity had higher activity in mechanized cotton spinning and higher value-added per capita in industry.


Drivers of Fragmented Production Chains: Evidence from the 19th century
with Claudia Steinwender (MIT Sloan))

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