Working papers


How Pronounced is the U-Curve? Revisiting Income Inequality in the United States, 1917-1945 (minor revise and resubmit to Economic Journal with Phillip W. Magness, John Moore and Philip Schlosser).

Care to Wager Again? The outcome of the second bet between Paul Ehrlich and Julian Simon (revise and resubmit to Social Science Quarterly with Pierre Desrochers and Joanna Szurmak).

Dynamics of Interventionism and Economic Development in Quebec before 1854 (revise and resubmit for a special volume, revisions submitted)


Did Separatism Hurt Quebec’s Economy? The Causal Effects of the Election of the Parti Québécois in 1976 (with Kevin B. Grier — title has changed since WP version).

The Wild Card: Colonial Paper Money in French North America, 1685 to 1719 (with Bryan Cutsinger and Mathieu Bédard).

A narrow escape? Malthusian pressures in the late Imperial Moscow (with Vadim Kufenko and Ekaterina Khaustova).

State Capacity and the Post Office: Evidence from 19th Century Quebec (with Michael Makovi).

Can Governments Deal With Pandemics? (with Ilia Murtazashvili)

Pandemics, Economic Freedom, and Institutional Trade-Offs (with Ilia Murtazashvili)


Ethnogenesis and Statelessness (with Louis Rouanet).

The Linguistic Wage Gap in Quebec, 1901 to 1921 (with Jason Dean)

The Political Economy of Lighthouses in Antebellum America (with Justin T. Callais)

Economic Growth in Quebec during the Colonial Era and International Comparisons (previous version here Note: New version is different from working paper version as it includes additional corrections to answer certain criticisms).

Filthy Pigs: A Property Rights Approach to Food Taboos (with Peter Leeson and Nicholas Snow).

Infant Mortality and the Role of Seigneurial Tenure in Canada East, 1851 (with Alex Arsenault and Vadim Kufenko).

Crowding-Out at Sea: Shipping Productivity and the Burden of the British Navy, 1760 to 1860 (with Jari Eloranta and Vadim Kufenko).

The Lesser Shades of Labor Coercion: The Impact of Seigneurial Tenure in Nineteenth Century Quebec (with Vadim Kufenko and Alex Arsenault Morin – old version here).

The Incubated Revolution: Education, Cohort Effects, and the Linguistic Wage Gap in Quebec, 1970 to 2000 (with Julien Gagnon and Maripier Isabelle)

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