I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick.

My research interests lie at the intersection of labor economics and economic history.
During my PhD I have collected individual casualty records for almost 1 million U.S. soldiers from the Civil War, and the two world wars. I use those casualty shocks as natural experiments and combine them with other U.S. data sets to study topics related to African American economic progress during and after WWII, the effects of discrimination against German-Americans during WWI on counties’ growth rates, and the long-run outcomes of children who lost a father in the Civil War.
Combining historic data with natural experiments and methods for causal inference allows to me to answer questions that cannot be addressed with modern data.


University of Warwick
Department of Economics, Office S0.77
CV4 7AL Coventry
United Kingdom
Email: a.ferrara@warwick.ac.uk