Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/172995
Authors: 
Belloc, Marianna
Drago, Francesco
Galbiati, Roberto
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 6719
Abstract: 
In this paper, we study how the birth of the first universities in Italy affected the emergence of the Italian free cities-states (the commune) in the period 1000-1300 a.d. Exploiting a panel dataset of 121 cities, we show that after the foundation of a new university the distance between each city in the sample and the university negatively predicts the timing of the birth of communal institutions in the city. Our evidence is consistent with the idea that universities in the Middle Ages provided the necessary juridical knowledge and skills to build legal capacity and develop broader-based institutions.
Subjects: 
institutional change
education
human capital accumulation
communal movement
JEL: 
I20
I23
K00
N33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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