Working papers


Dynamics of Interventionism and Economic Development in Quebec before 1854 (revise and resubmit to Essays in Economic and Business History, revisions submitted)

Postbellum Electoral Politics in California and the Genesis of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 (with Linan Peng, reject and resubmit to Public Choice)

The Lesser Shades of Labor Coercion: The Impact of Seigneurial Tenure in Nineteenth Century Quebec (with Vadim Kufenko and Alex Arsenault Morin -revise and resubmit at Journal of Development Economics)

Ethnogenesis and Statelessness (with Louis Rouanet, revise and resubmit to European Journal of Law and Economics)

Can Geography Explain Quebec’s Historical Poverty? (with Louis Rouanet,  revise and resubmit to Southern Economic Journal)


Praise the Lard: Resolving the Judaic Pig Puzzle (with Peter Leeson and Nicholas Snow, submitted to Human Ecology)

Does the Conquest Explain Quebec’s Historical Poverty? The Economic Consequences of 1760 (submitted to Historical Methods)

Presidents in Deficit: Are There Historical Rewards to Deficits? (with Marcus Shera, submitted to Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice)

Monetary Famine, Paper Money and International Constraints on Economic Growth: The Case of Colonial Quebec (with Gabriel Mathy, submitted to Cambridge Journal of Economics).

The Myth of Wartime Prosperity: Canadian Evidence (with Casey Pender, submitted to Social Science Quarterly).

Did The Quiet Revolution Really Change Anything? (with Chandler Reilly, submitted to Canadian Journal of Economics).


Commons and Weak States: The Case of the Gaspesian Fisheries in the 19th century (with Félix Foucher-Paquin).

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).

Was There a Crisis? A Human Development Index for Lower Canada, 1760 to 1848 (with Matthew Curtis)

Coercion and Economic Growth 

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).


Poverty in Canada, 1901 to 1951 (with Jason Dean)

Linguistic Wage Gaps Outside Quebec, 1901 to 1951 (with Jason Dean)

The Best Poor Men’s Countries: Estimating Poverty in the New World during the Colonial Era (with Luis Zegarra)

Land Quality and Malthusian Pressures in Quebec, 1825-1835 (with Andrew Thomas)

Making Economic Freedom Measures Matter for the Poor and Vulnerable (with Diana Thomas and Marcus Shera)

Poverty Spells and Economic Freedom (with James Dean)

Income Mobility, Poverty and Minimum Wages (with James Dean)

Was Milton Friedman Right? The Effect of Hong Kong’s National Accounts System (with Jamie Bologna Pavlik and Yang Zhou)


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