Sweden had approximately 2500 municipalities in 1863. Today we have around 300. Researcher find it tiresome to convert municipality boarders between years. What do you do? A converter, of course!

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Working Papers

Using Artificial Intelligence to Recapture Norms: Did #metoo change gender norms in Sweden?

Norms are challenging to define and measure, but this paper takes advantage of text data and the recent development in machine learning to create an encompassing measure of norms. An LSTM neural network is trained to detect gendered language. The network functions as a tool to create a measure on how gender norms changes in relation to the Metoo movement on Swedish Twitter. This paper shows that gender norms on average are less salient half a year after the date of the first appearance of the hashtag #Metoo. Previous literature suggests that gender norms change over generations, but the current result suggests that norms can change in the short run.

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The Effect of Elections on Economic Growth: Results from a Natural Experiment in Indonesia (with Fredrik Sjöholm)

Does democracy increase economic growth? Previous literature tends to find a positive effect but does also suffer from possible endogeneity problems: democratization is typically not random and might be affected by factors that also have an impact on economic growth. This paper narrows down the question to empirically estimating the causal effect of local elections on local economic growth in Indonesia by using a quasi-experimental research method. The first direct elections of district leaders in Indonesia were performed in a staggered manner, and decided such that the year of election is exogenous. Thus, growth in districts that have had their first elections of district heads can be compared with growth in districts that have not had a direct election, which more specifically is performed by using a difference-in-difference approach. Our estimations show no general effect of local elections on economic growth. The result is robust to various robustness tests and is supported by data that show small effects of elections on governance.

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Past Conferences

  • International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), Stockholm 2018 -participating
  • Tolfte Ekonomisk-historiska mötet, Stockholm 2017 -presenting
  • Economic History Society Annual Conference, London 2017 -participating
  • Nationell konferens i nationalekonomi, Umeå 2014 -participating
  • Public Choice Society, Charleston 2014 -presenting
  • Fafokonferansen, Oslo 2013- participating
  • Nordic Conference in Development Economics, Bergen 2013- presenting

About me

I am economist currently working as a PhD candidate at the Department of Economics at Lund University, Sweden.

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  • E-mail: sara [at] moricz.se
  • LinkedIn: se.linkedin.com/in/saramoricz