Best of #econtwitter - Week of October 22, 2023: paper summaries
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^1. “Barro-Furman” here btw refers to Barro and Furman (2018), which has an interesting backstory: one of the few (?) adversarial collaborations in (elite?) econ
2. The typically-excellent Kevin Drum tries to dunk on this analysis by looking at the timeseries, but in so doing inadvertently provides a very nice example of how much more powerful cross-section analyses (like the paper above) are
^IV’d with “location of pagan shrines and of Christian monasteries” 🧐