Working papers


State Capacity and Economic Development: Causal Mechanism or Correlative Filter? (revise and resubmit to Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization with Alexander W. Salter, revisions submitted).

Divergence, convergence, and the history-augmented Solow Model (revise and resubmit to Structural Change and Economic Dynamics Vadim Kufenko and Klaus Prettner, revisions submitted).

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

A Bias Against Presidential Restraint (revise and resubmit to Social Science Journal with Frank Garmon and Phillip Magness)

Was (English) Canada Poorer than the United States? Living Standards circa 1830 to circa 1845 (revise and resubmit to Social Science Quarterly with Gonzalo Macera)


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

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

Who are the champions? Inequality, Institutions and the Olympics (submitted to Kyklos with Vadim Kufenko).

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

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

Statelessness and the Endogeneity of Generalized Increasing Returns to Trade: Acadian Settlers and Native Americans Before 1755 (submitted to Journal of Legal Studies with Rosolino Candela – old version here).


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).

Ethnogenesis and Statelessness (with Louis Rouanet)

Cohort Effects and the Wage Gap Between Francophones and Anglophones in Quebec, 1970 to 2000 (with Julien Gagnon and Maripier Isabelle).

Rent-Seeking for Madness: The Political Economy of Mental Institutionalization in America, 1880 to 1923 (with Raymond J. March)

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

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

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).

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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