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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

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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