Working papers


Trade or Raid: Acadian Settlers and Native Americans Before 1755 (revise and resubmit to Public Choice with Rosolino Candela – old version here, revisions submitted).

Are Anarcho-Capitalists Insane? Living Standards Under Medieval Icelandic Conflict Institutions (revise and resubmit to Revue d’Économie Politique with Peter Leeson, revisions submitted).

Rent-Seeking for Madness: The Political Economy of Mental Institutionalization in America, 1870 to 1910 (revise and resubmit to Public Choice with Raymond J. March, revisions submitted).

Who are the champions? Inequality, Institutions and the Olympics (revise and resubmit to Journal of Institutional Economics with Vadim Kufenko, revisions submitted).

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).


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

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

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

State Capacity and the Post Office: Evidence from 19th Century Quebec (submitted to Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization with Michael Makovi).

Can Governments Deal With Pandemics? (submitted to Cosmos and Taxis with Ilia Murtazashvili)


Ethnogenesis and Statelessness (with Louis Rouanet).

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

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).

A Revolution Delayed? Dairy Output and Tenure Institutions in Lower Canada, 1831. 

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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