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Sahar Parsa (NYU)

October 25, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Sahar Parsa is an applied economist with interests in political economy and finance. Her research has investigated both the determinants of political and cultural institutions, and the consequences of these institutions. Her research interests have led her to a wide variety of settings, from economic history and politics to financial markets. She has also used a variety of methodologies to answer her research questions, with a focus on causal identification. As an applied econometrician, she has used quasi-experimental methodologies, lab experiments, and more recently machine learning methods in research. That said, the primary motivation behind her research lies not in the application of methods but in the questions, which concern the interaction between culture, politics, social attitudes, and economic outcomes

Title: McCarthy and the Red-ucators: Effects of Political Persecution on Science

Abstract: The McCarthy era is widely understood to be the largest episode of political persecution in US history. The education sector was a major target of this persecution; specifically, academic professors and teachers were singled out.  In this paper, we study the impact of McCarthyism on scientific research. Leveraging a detailed dataset of academic publications and biographical information, we provide evidence of a decline in the professional activities of accused scientists, resulting from both the direct impact of McCarthyism on the accused scholars, as well as an indirect impact from the reaction of their community.


October 25, 2023
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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