Nathan Lane

Ph.D. Job Market Candidate, 2016-2017

Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm Sweden

My research broadly focuses on economic development, political economy, economic history, and growth. Specifically, I study issues of industrial development; the political economy of development strategy; and the relationship between state capacity and growth. My current projects have focused on Asian economic development, using applied econometric methods and archival data.


Upcoming Talks & Interviews

  • Macrohistory Seminar, Bonn University, Bonn, Germany, April 27, 2017
  • Centre for Research in Economic Development and International Trade (CREDIT) Seminar, Nottingham University, Nottingham, U.K., May 24, 2017

Job Market Paper

Manufacturing Revolutions

Industrial Policy and Networks in South Korea

Abstract - This paper uses a historic big push intervention and newly digitized data from South Korea to study the effects of industrial policy on (short- and long-run) industrial development. In 1973 South Korea transitioned to a military dictatorship and drastically changed their development strategy. I find industries targeted by the regime's big push grew significantly more than non-targeted industries along several key dimensions of industrial development. These developmental effects persisted after industrial policies were retrenched, following the 1979 assassination of the president. Furthermore, I estimate the spillovers of the industrial policies using exogenous variation in the exposure to the policy across the input-output network. I find evidence of persistent pecuniary externalities like those posited by big push development theorists, such as Albert Hirschman. In other words, I find that South Korea’s controversial industrial policy was successful in producing industrial development, the benefits of which persisted through time and in industries not directly targeted by the policies.

Working Papers

The Historical State, Local Collective Action, and Economic Development in Vietnam [Submitted] with Melissa Dell (Harvard) and Pablo Querubin (NYU)

Work in Progress

Workers of the World, Unite: The Economic Effects of Labor Day Demonstrations in Europe with Andreas Madestam (Stockholm University) and David Yanagizawa-Drott (ETH-Zurich)

Waiting for the Great Leap Forward – Why Did the Green Revolution Fail in the Philippines?



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