CLEAN - LSE Seminar Series - Felipe Valencia Caicedo (University of British Columbia)


The next CLEAN seminar, in collaboration with LSE, will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd 2024, from 4-5 p.m. Italian time.

The presenter will be Felipe Valencia Caicedo (University of British Columbia). The title of the paper is "The Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War".



We study the long-lasting effects of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), between Nationalists and Republicans, on social capital and political attitudes. To this end, we use geo-located data on historical mass graves, disaggregated modern-day survey data on trust and electoral results (1977-2019). For identification, we exploit deviations from the initial military plans of attack in an IV framework and a geographical RDD along the frontline of Aragon. Our cultural results reveal a significantly negative relationship between political violence and generalized trust. Politically, we find more support for left-wing parties during the democratic period in places where Republican troops were staged. In terms of mechanisms of persistence—using our own survey and data on street names—we find stronger anti-Franco attitudes and collective memory about the war in formerly Republican areas, as well as more Francoist street names in places that faced more repression historically.


You may follow the event online via Zoom Meetings at the following link: - Meeting ID: 935 3789 3727 - Passcode: 327396