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Chaney E. Ethnic Cleansing and the Long-Term Persistence of Extractive Institutions: Evidence from the Expulsion of the Moriscos. 2008.Abstract
This paper uses the 1609 expulsion of 300,000 Muslims from the Iberian peninsula to analyze the mechanisms through which exploitative institutions dampen the de- velopment of pre-industrial economies. The evidence suggests that the persistence of extractive arrangements in formerly Muslim lands stunted the development of the non-agricultural sector long after the expulsion. Arguably exogenous variation in the Christian re-settlers’human capital is then used to investigate the extent to which initial di¤erences in human capital explain the observed divergence in between- institutional outcomes. The results cast doubt on the long-term importance of such di¤erences and stress the role of institutions, at least for the speci…c case of early modern Spain.