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, revisions submitted).

A narrow escape? Malthusian pressures in the late Imperial Moscow (revise and resubmit to Explorations in Economic History with Vadim Kufenko and Ekaterina Khaustova).

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, revise and resubmit to European Journal of Political Economy, revisions submitted).

The Wild Card: Colonial Paper Money in French North America, 1685 to 1719 (with Bryan Cutsinger and Mathieu Bédard, revise and resubmit to European Review of Economic History).

Pandemics, Economic Freedom, and Institutional Trade-Offs (with Ilia Murtazashvili and Kelly Hide, revise and resubmit to European Journal of Law & Economics)

The Linguistic Wage Gap in Quebec, 1901 to 1951 (with Jason Dean – old version linked – revised and resubmit to Cliometrica)


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

Regulatory Capture and the Dynamics of Interventionism: The Case of Power Utilities in Quebec and Ontario to 1944 (with Germain Belzile and Rosolino Candela)


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

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

Ethnogenesis and Statelessness (with Louis Rouanet, submitted to Journal of Law & Economics).

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).

Globalization and Empire: Market Integration and International Trade Between Canada, the United States and Britain from 1750 to 1870 (with Maja Pedersen and Paul Sharp).

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).

Beaver Product Prices in Quebec, 1757 to 1832 (submitted to Canadian Journal of History)

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).


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

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

Income Mobility and Economic Freedom: Estimates from Canadian Provinces, 1980-2015 (with James Dean)

Was There a Crisis? Multidimensional Estimates of Living Standards in Quebec, 1775-1850 (with Matt Curtis)

Canadian Output Volatility Revisited (with Casey Pender).

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

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