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, revisions submitted).

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).

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

The Linguistic Wage Gap in Quebec, 1901 to 1951 (with Jason Dean – old version linked – revise 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 American Economic Journal: Economic Policy)

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

Beaver Product Prices in Quebec, 1757 to 1832 (submitted to Data in Brief)

The Political Economy of Lighthouses in Antebellum America (with Justin T. Callais, submitted to the Journal of Public Economics)

Statogenic Climate Change? Julian Simon and Institutions (submitted to Review of Austrian Economics)


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

Ethnogenesis and Statelessness (with Louis Rouanet).

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).

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).

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


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

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)

Was Milton Friedman Right? The Effect of Hong Kong’s National Accounts System (with Jamie Bologna Pavlik and Yang Zhou)

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