Current working papers
“Bones, Bacteria and Breaks: The Heterogeneous Spatial Effects of the Black Death on Urban Economic Development” with Remi Jebwab and Noel D. Johnson
“ Negative Shocks and Mass Persecutions: Evidence from the Black Death
” with Remi Jebwab and Noel D Johnson [PDF]
“Autocratic Rule and Social Capital: Evidence from Imperial China
” with Melanie Meng Xue [ssrn]
“Resisting Education” with Jean-Paul Carvalho.
“Persecution and Toleration: The Long Road to Religious Freedom” with Noel D. Johnson. Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming
“Geopolitics and Asia's Little Divergence: A Comparative Analysis of State Building in China and Japan after 1850” with Chiaki Moriguchi and Tuan-Hwee Sng
[ssrn] [slides] [Video] [Link][PDF]
Journal of Economics Organization and Behavior Forthcoming
“Plague, Politics, and Pogroms:
The Black Death, Fragmented states, and the persecution of Jews in the Holy Roman Empire” with Theresa Finley
[ssrn] Journal of Law & Economics Forthcoming
“ The State, Toleration, and Religious Freedom” with Noel D. Johnson, Forthcoming in Iyer, Rubin and Carvalho (Eds.), Advances in the Economics of Religion, 2018, Palgrave. [ssrn]
“ States and Economic Growth: Capacity and Constraints
” with Noel D. Johnson, Explorations in Economic History, April 2017, Volume 64, Issue 2, pp 1–20
“ Education, Identity and Community: Lessons from Jewish Emancipation
” with Jean-Paul Carvalho and Michael Sacks, Public Choice, April 2017, Volume 171, Issue 1, pp 119–143
“Unified China; Divided Europe” with Chiu Yu Ko and Tuan-Hwee Sng International Economic Review, February 2018, Volume 59, Issue 1, pp 285-327
[Link] [ssrn] [Slate] [The Upshot]
“Jewish Communities and City Growth in Preindustrial Europe” with Noel D. Johnson, Journal of Development Economics, July 2017 Volume 127, pp 339-354
“Jewish Persecutions and Weather Shocks 1100-1800” with Warren Anderson and Noel D. Johnson Economic Journal, June 2017, Volume 127, Issue 602, pp 924-958
[Link ] [PDF] [ssrn] [VOX] [Foreign Policy] [Times of Israel] [Wired] [Tablet] [Israel Hayom]
[Winner of RES prize for Best Paper Published in EJ in 2017]
“Jewish Emancipation and Schism: Economic Development and Religious Change” with Jean-Paul Cavalho Journal of Comparative Economics , August 2016, Volume 44, Issue 3, pp. 562–584
“The Long Transition from a Natural State to a Liberal Economic Order
” International Review of Law and Economics, August 2016, Volume 47, , pp. 29–39
“Monetary Stability and the Rule of Law” with Blake Johnson. Journal of Financial Stability, April 2015, Volume 17, pp. 46-58.
“Taxes, Lawyers, and the Decline of Witchcraft Trials in France” with Noel D. Johnson. Journal of Law and Economics, February 2014, Volume 57, Number 1, pp. 77-112
[PDF] [Washington Post] [Globe & Mail]
“The Law & Economics of Private Prosecutions in Industrial Revolution England” Public Choice March 2014, Volume 159, Number 1-2, pp. 277-298,
Joint winner of the Tullock Prize for Best Paper Published in Public Choice by a junior scholar
“Tax Farming and the Origins of State Capacity in England and France” with Noel D. Johnson. Explorations in Economic History January 2014 , Volume 51, Number 1, pp. 1-20.
“Legal Centralization and the Birth of the Secular State” with Noel D. Johnson. Journal of Comparative Economics November 2013, Volume 41, Number 4, pp. 959–978.
[Link] [PDF] [slides] [NEP-HIS]
“The Transformation of Labor Supply in the Pre-Industrial World” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization February 2012 , Volume 82, Number 2, pp. 505-523.
“Prosecution Associations in Industrial Revolution England: Private Providers of Public Goods?” Journal of Legal Studies January 2012 , Volume 41, Number 1, pp. 95-130.
“Evading the taint of usury: the usury prohibition as a barrier to entry” Explorations in Economic History December 2010, Volume 47, Number 4, pp. 420-442.
“The political economy of expulsion: the regulation of Jewish moneylending in medieval England” Constitutional Political Economy December 2010 , Volume 32, Number 4, pp. 374-406.
Book reviews and Review Papers
“A Review of From Warfare to Wealth: The Military Origins of Urban Prosperity in Europe by Mark Dincecco and Massimiliano Onorato” EH.net February 2018.
“A Review of A Culture of Growth by Joel Moykr” The Independent Review Volume 22 Number 3. Winter 2018
“A Review of WTF?!: An economic tour of the weird by Peter T. Leeson” Review of Austrian Economics Forthcoming
“A Review of Economic History of Warfare and State Formation by Jari Eloranta, Eric Golson, Andrei Markevich, and Nicholas Wolf” EH.net September 2017.
“A Review of The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality From the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century by Walter Schiedel” Public Choice Volume 172, Issue 3–4, pp 545–548. September 2017
“ A Review of Ultrasociety by Peter Turchin” Journal of Bioeconomics, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 239–242. October 2016
“A Review of The Rise of Market Society in England 1066-1800 by Christine Eisenberg” Journal of Economic History, Vol 72, 3, pp. 931-933. September 2015
“A Review of the History Manifesto by Jo Guldi and David Armitage” Journal of Economic History, Vol. 75, 2, pp. 584-587. June 2015
“A Review of Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom” Public Choice, Vol. 163, N. 3, pp/ 409-412, May 2015
“Preindustrial Cliometrics: A Review Article.” Economic Affairs Vol. 33, 2, pp. 268-279 2013
“Review of Timur Kuran’s The Long Divergence” Public Choice Vol. 154, Issue 3-4, pp 341-343 March 2013
“ Review of Douglas W. Allen’s The Institutional Revolution” EH.net
“ Review of James K. Galbraith’s The Predator State.” Economic Affairs Vol. 29, 1 March, 2009