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).

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

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

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

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).


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).

Who are the champions? Inequality, Institutions and the Olympics (submitted to Socio-Economic Review with Vadim Kufenko).

Ethnogenesis and Statelessness (submitted to Journal of Comparative Economics with Louis Rouanet).

The Icelandic Commonwealth and Living Standards, 930-1262 (invited contribution to Revue d’Économie Politique with Peter Leeson).

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

Making sense of dictatorships and health outcomes (submitted to British Medical Journal: Global Health with Benjamin Powell and Gilbert Berdine)


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

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).

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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