SITE Brown bag seminar with Lucia Corno
Lucia Corno, Cattolica University, will present her working paper "Female Genital Cutting and the Slave Trade".
2020-03-10 at 12:00
2020-03-10 at 13:00
Bertil Ohlinsgata 4, SSE, SITE library, 9th floor
Lucia Corno is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the Cattolica University in Milan and she is also an Executive Director of the Laboratory for Effective Anti-poverty Policies (LEAP).
Her research interest lies within Development Economics, Health Economics and Public Economics. Most of her research focuses on understanding constraints for economic development in Africa, combining traditional empirical/theoretical analysis and randomized field experiments.
Harmful social norms are an impediment to economic development and growth. This paper focus on one such norm, female genital cutting (FGC), and aims at understanding its historical origin. Our hypothesis, substantiated by historical sources, is that FGC was connected to the Red Sea route of the slave trade, where women were sold as concubines and infibulation was used to ensure chastity. We next conjecture that the differential exposure of ethnic group to the Red Sea route determined differential adoption of the practice, which later evolved into a marker for ethic identity. We combine individual level data from all Demographic and Health Surveys and Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys from Africa with historical data on slaves by country, ethnic group and trade route from 1400 to 1900 and find that women belonging to ethnic groups whose ancestors were traded in the Red Sea route are more likely to be infibulated and circumcised to day.
To find out more about Lucia Corno and her research projects, visit her >> website.
The working paper that will be presented at the seminar will be uploaded as soon as possible! Stay tuned!