Monday, 6 March, 2023

00:01 | For Study Applicants | ONLINE

Admissions open!

Since December 1st till March 31 you can apply to our programs:
Master in Economic Research and PhD in Economics

Entry requirements are:
- BA or MA degree or equivalent
- Proficiency in spoken and written English
- Solid background in mathematics
- Previous education in economics is recommended

Your online application must content following documents:
- Curriculum vitae
- Statement of motivation
- Copies of your diplomas and transcripts
- Proof of English proficiency level
- Contact details for two (or max. three) referees

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14:00 | Applied Micro Research Seminar

Lydia Assouad (London School of Economics) "Charismatic Leaders and Nation-Building"

Lydia Assouad, Ph.D.

London School of Economics, United Kingdom

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Abstract: This paper investigates the role of individual leaders in constructing a national identity. I study the activities and legacy of Mustafa Kemal "Atatürk", the founder of modern Turkey. I create a novel historical database containing information on the locations and dates of Atatürk’s propaganda visits to over a quarter of Turkish cities between 1923 and 1938. Using variation over time and across space, and information on incidental visits to districts lying along Atatürk’s road, I find that Atatürk’s visits caused an increase of 7 percent in the use of first names in "Pure Turkish", the new language introduced by the state as part of its homogenizing endeavor. I argue that this measure indicates a successful diffusion of the new national identity locally. The effect is persistent, growing in magnitude up until fifteen years after the visit before disappearing. Two main channels can explain this pattern of propagation. First, the visits provided the ground for institutional reforms, as they led to the formation of local branches of Atatürk’s party. Second, the effect is stronger in districts with more nationalistic associations, higher literacy rates and where Atatürk met with local elites, suggesting that co-optation of the elite is a key driver of the effect. My findings provide new evidence on the ability of an individual leader to construct a national identity, by rallying the elite and by fostering institution building, which in turn contribute to influencing people more broadly.

JEL Classification: D83, D74, N45, P48, Z13, Z18
Keywords: Leaders, Nation-Building, Identity, Propaganda, Cultural Change

Full Text: Charismatic Leaders and Nation-Building


14:00 | For Study Applicants | ONLINE

Meet our Students Online: Artem Razumovskii

Are you wondering what it's like to study at CERGE-EI?
You´re welcome to join Artem´s presentation
on March 6 at 2.00 p.m. (CET).
He will share his personal experience and answer all your questions.


Presenter: Artem Razumovskii
Online link for the presenation:

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