Historical Persistence

30 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2021

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Alexandra E. Cirone

Columbia University

Thomas B. Pepinsky

Cornell University - Department of Government

Date Written: June 23, 2021


This essay reviews the literature on historical persistence in political science and the related social sciences. Historical persistence refers to causal effects that (1) operate over time scales of a decade or more and (2) explain spatial variation in political, economic, or social outcomes.We discuss regional and national coverage, state-of-the-art research designs, analytical and inferential challenges, and mechanisms and theories of persistence, drawing broadly from the contemporary literature in political science and economics.

Keywords: history, causal inference, political science, persistence, long-run effects, path dependence

Suggested Citation

Cirone, Alexandra E. and Pepinsky, Thomas B., Historical Persistence (June 23, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3873011 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3873011

Alexandra E. Cirone

Columbia University ( email )

3022 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
United States

Thomas B. Pepinsky (Contact Author)

Cornell University - Department of Government ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

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