Working papers

On date of: November 5, 2018


Multilingualism and the Decline of the French Language (with Alex Arsenault Morin, revise and resubmit at the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development).

Predation, Seigneurial Tenure and Development in French Colonial America  (revise and resubmit to Social Science History).

Markets for Rebellions? The Rebellions of 1837–38 in Lower Canada (submitted to Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization with Vadim Kufenko).


Monopsony and Industrial Development in Nineteenth Century Quebec: The Impact of Seigneurial Tenure (submitted to Journal of Labor Economics with Vadim Kufenko and Alex Arsenault Morin – old version here)

The Cuban Revolution and Infant Mortality: A Synthetic Control Approach (submitted to Journal of Development Economics with Jamie Bologna Pavlik).

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

Trade or Raid: Acadian Settlers and Native Indians Before 1755 (submitted to Economic Inquiry with Rosolino Candela. Note: first version was written alone, but Dr. Candela provided valuable insights to improve the paper and I asked him to join the paper as a result).

Gordon Tullock Meets Phineas Gage: The Political Economy of Lobotomies in the United States (submitted to Research Policy with Raymond March)

Coase and Bertrand on Trinity House, Lighthouses and Lightships (submitted to Cambridge Journal of Economics with Rosolino Candela)

Colonial Military Garrisons as Labor Market Shocks: Quebec City and Boston, 1760-1775 (submitted to Social Science History with Jeremy Land).

Was (English) Canada Poorer than the United States? Living Standards circa 1830 to circa 1845 (submitted to Historical Methods with Gonzalo Macera).

The Emperor has no clothes: Improving deflators for Canadian GNP, 1870-1900 (submitted to Cliometrica with Michael Hinton).

Collusion and Combines in Canada, 1880-1890 (submitted to Scandinavian Economic History Review for a special issue).

Social Justice, Public Goods and Rent-Seeking in Narratives (submitted to Independent Review with Phil Magness for a special issue).


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).

Divergence, convergence, and the history-augmented Solow Model (submitted to Journal of Economic Inequality with Vadim Kufenko and Klaus Prettner).

A Revolution Delayed? Dairy Output and Tenure Institutions in Lower Canada, 1831.   (Presented at the Canadian Network for Economic History, October 2017).

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

Trends and Levels of Income Inequality in Wisconsin, 1919-1941 : The Effect of Using Different Data Sources (with Philip W. Magness – currently in reorganization to increase the number of states used).

Infant Mortality and the Role of Seigneurial Tenure in Canada East, 1851 (with Alex Arsenault and Vadim Kufenko – presented at HEC Montreal, November 2015, presently in reorganization to develop a Regression Discontinuity).

Did Separatism Hurt Quebec’s Economy? The Causal Effects of the Election of the Parti Québécois in 1976 (with Kevin B. Grier)

State Capacity and Economic Development: Causal Mechanism or Correlative Filter? (with Alexander W. Salter)

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

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


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