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Suresh naidu guest lecture political economy in the

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Unformatted text preview: age, labor control laws, convict labor exacerbated. Suresh Naidu (Guest Lecture) Political Economy in the Post-Bellum U.S. South October 28, 2009 4 / 29 This Paper What is the impact of legal disenfranchisement on: turnout and voting public goods migration and land values Are de facto and de jure power perfect substitutes? Calculating incidence of disenfranchisement on factor owners. Quantitative answer to big question in social science: who wins and who loses from non-democratic transitions. Suresh Naidu (Guest Lecture) Political Economy in the Post-Bellum U.S. South October 28, 2009 5 / 29 Preview of Results Southern Poll Taxes and Literacy Tests Turnout falls 8-15%; Democrat vote share rises 5% Teacher/child ratios for blacks fall Lower taxes and other future benefits cause land values to rise by 7% Disenfranchised counties experience a 4% fall in proportion black Estimated elasticities, together with model, informative about incidence. Preliminary calibrations suggest net loss to black labor of at least 600 million current-day dollars; most goes to landowners. Suresh Naidu (Guest Lecture) Political Economy in the Post-Bellum U.S. South October 28, 2009 6 / 29 Harper’s 1867 “The First Vote” Suresh Naidu (Guest Lecture) Political Economy in the Post-Bellum U.S. South October 28, 2009 7 / 29 Black Political Participation after the Civil War Well documented extensive black political participation during Reconstruction (1865-1877) e.g. South Carolina has a majority black legislature. Northern occupation enforces black political rights, also ensures provision of schooling. White Democrats begin retaking power via force and fraud in the 1870s. Black political participation continues, however, well into the 1880s. Federal enforcement of 1870 election law until 1894. Suresh Naidu (Guest Lecture) Political Economy in the Post-Bellum U.S. South October 28, 2009 8 / 29 Why Disenfranchise? 3 explanations: Primary and electoral challenges to state Democratic party elite. Federal Democrat defeat of “Force” Bill...
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