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Gaia Narciso, Trinity College Dublin
The Deep Roots of Rebellion: Evidence from the Irish Revolution
How do negative shocks explain social unrest in the long-run? This paper studies the triggers of rebellion at the individual level and explores the long-run inter-generational transmission of conflict, using a unique dataset constructed from administrative archives. Drawing on evidence from the Great Irish Famine (1845-1850) and its effect on the Irish Revolution against British rule (1913-1921), we show that individuals whose families had been most affected by the Irish Famine were more likely to participate in the rebellion. Robustness checks based on the role of family names for studying socio-cultural persistence across generations support the above findings. The instrumental variable analysis, based on the barometric conditions that facilitated the spreading of the potato blight that caused the Famine, provides further evidence in support of the inter-generational legacy of rebellion

Mar 2, 2021 02:00 PM in Brussels

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