Working papers


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

Multilingualism and the Decline of the French Language (with Alex Arsenault Morin, revise and resubmit at the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development – revisions submitted).

Collusion and Combines in Canada, 1880-1890 (revise and resubmit to Scandinavian Economic History Review, revisions submitted).

Relative Costs of Living, for Richer and Poorer, 1688-1914 (submitted to Cliometrica with Peter Lindert, revisions submitted)

Gordon Tullock Meets Phineas Gage: The Political Economy of Lobotomies in the United States (with Raymond March, revise and resubmit to Research Policy – second round of revisions requested).

Trends in Income Inequality in the Interwar United States: Testing Reliability with State Income Tax Data (revise and resubmit to Economic Inquiry with Phil Magness).

Coase and Bertrand on Trinity House, Lighthouses and Lightships (revise and resubmit to European Journal of Law & Economics with Rosolino Candela).

Why consider the lighthouse a public good? (revise and resubmit to International Review of Law and Economics with Rosolino Candela).

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).

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


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

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

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

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

A Bias Against Presidential Restraint (submitted to Social Science Journal with Frank Garmon and Phllip Magness)

Improving deflators for Canadian GNP, 1870-1900 (submitted to Research in Economic History with Michael Hinton).


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).

Did Separatism Hurt Quebec’s Economy? The Causal Effects of the Election of the Parti Québécois in 1976 (with Kevin B. Grier).

Trade or Raid: Acadian Settlers and Native Indians Before 1755 (with Rosolino Candela).

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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