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Political and economic drivers of pogroms

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Irena Grosfeld, Seyhun Orcan Sakalli and Ekaterina Zhuravskaya in this voxeu piece: It is commonly argued that political instability increases the likelihood of civil conflicts, while economic downturns can trigger civil conflict and aggravate ethnic violence. This column examines how political and economic factors interact to drive pogroms in an environment of widespread antisemitism, using data from the Russian Empire of the 19th and early 20th centuries. It finds that pogrom waves took place when and only when economic shocks coincided with political turmoil, and that occupational segregation between the Jews and the majority played an important role in triggering ethnic violence.   Advertisements

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Irena Grosfeld, Seyhun Orcan Sakalli and Ekaterina Zhuravskaya in this voxeu piece:

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Amol Agrawal
I am currently pursuing my PhD in economics. I have work-ex of nearly 10 years with most of those years spent figuring economic research in Mumbai’s financial sector.

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