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David de la Croix, UCLouvain Print
Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 14:00 - 15:15

David de la Croix, Université catholique de Louvain

Migration, human capital and selection patterns of university scholars in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (1088-1685)

Abstract : Medieval universities are one of the most original creations of the Western Civilization. In universities, students were educated by a plurality of masters, and schools were open to students and scholars from all parts of Europe. In this paper, we map the academic market in the medieval and early modern periods. We build a database of thousands of scholars from university sources. Quality of scholars is measured by their publications as recorded in Worldcat. We show that better scholars were willing to cover larger distances (positive selection) and were more sensitive to the quality of the university and the size of its city (positive sorting). These selection and sorting patterns governed concentration of upper-tail human capital across Europe, which was likely instrumental in enhancing knowledge creation and promoting the later rise of the West.


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