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The causes and consequence of technological progress - Sapienza, 21-22 April 2023

Sapienza University of Rome, Faculty of Economics - Via del Castro Laurenziano 9, Rome

Sala delle Lauree


Due to limited places, please send an email indicating the days in which you intend to participate to francesco.fioremelacrinis@uniroma1.it

Programme of the workshop


Friday 21 April


10:45-11:00: Welcome


Session 1 (chair: Carla Salvo)

11:00-11:45: Carlo Ciccarelli, Railways and the European Fertility Transition

11:45-12:15: Coffee break

12:15-13:00: Gianluca Ferrittu, Seeds of change: child labor, technology, and structural change during the agricultural transition

13:00-14:00: Lunch


Session 2 (chair: Claudio Petrillo)

14:00-14:45: Elise Brezis, Will Robotics lead to changes in leadership and inequality?

14:45-15:30: Matias Cabello, Science and Growth: lessons from the Counter-Reformation 15:30-16:00: Coffee break


Session 3 (chair: Francesco Fiore Melacrinis)

16:00-16:45: Jacob Weisdorf, The effect of mechanisation on wages and employment: Evidence from the historical diffusion of steam-power

16:45-17:30: Carla Salvo, Does trade liberalization boost innovation? Evidence from French industrial sectors in the 19th-century


Saturday, 22 April


Session 4 (chair: Jacob Weisdorf)

9:00-9:45: Mauro Rota, The Power of Electricity in Italy

9:45-10:30: Elona Harka, Books Go Public: The Consequences of Monastic Libraries Expropriation on Innovation

10:30-11:00: Coffee break


Keynote address (chair: Mauro Rota)

11:00-12:00: Petra Moser, Political Persecution in Science

12:00-13:30: Closure and lunch

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