Working papers


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, revisions submitted).

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

The Cuban Revolution and Infant Mortality: A Synthetic Control Approach (revise and resubmit to Explorations in Economic History with Jamie Bologna Pavlik, revisions submitted).

Statelessness and the Endogeneity of Generalized Increasing Returns to Trade: Acadian Settlers and Native Americans Before 1755 (revise and resubmit to Public Choice with Rosolino Candela – old version here).

The New History of Capitalism and the Methodology of Economic History (revise and resubmit to Essays in Economic and Business History with Judge Glock).

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


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).

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

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

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

Economic freedom and the economic consequences of the 1918 pandemic (submitted to Contemporary Economic Policy with Jamie Bologna Pavlik).

The Lesser Shades of Labor Coercion: The Impact of Seigneurial Tenure in Nineteenth Century Quebec (submitted to Economic Journal with Vadim Kufenko and Alex Arsenault Morin – old version here).

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


Ethnogenesis and Statelessness (with Louis Rouanet).

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

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).

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

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. 

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


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