Mark Koyama

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

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]

Autocratic Rule and Social Capital: Evidence from Imperial China ” with Melanie Meng Xue

Resisting Education” with Jean-Paul Carvalho.
[ssrn] [slides]

Plague, Politics, and Pogroms: The Black Death, Fragmented states, and the persecution of Jews in the Holy Roman Empire” with Theresa Finley
[ssrn] R&R

Persecution & Toleration: The Long Road to Religious Freedom” with Noel D. Johnson
Under Contract with Cambridge University Press [TOC]

Popular Pieces

Ideas were not enough” Aeon [Link]

Published papers

States and Economic Growth: Capacity and Constraints
with Noel D. Johnson, Explorations in Economic History, Volume 64, April 2017, issue 2, pp 1–20 [gated] [PDF]

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 [gated] [PDF]

Unified China; Divided Europe” with Chiu Yu Ko and Tuan-Hwee Sng
International Economic Review, Forthcoming [PDF] [gated][ssrn] [Slate] [The Upshot] slides]

Jewish Communities and City Growth in Preindustrial Europe” with Noel D. Johnson, Journal of Development Economics, Volume 127, July 2017, pp 339-354 [gated][SSRN]

Jewish Persecutions and Weather Shocks 1100-1800” with Warren Anderson and Noel D. Johnson Economic Journal, Volume 602, June 2017, pp 924-958
[gated] [PDF] [ssrn] [VOX] [Foreign Policy] [Times of Israel] [Wired] [Tablet] [Israel Hayom]

Jewish Emancipation and Schism: Economic Development and Religious Change” with Jean-Paul Cavalho Journal of Comparative Economics , Vol. 44, Issue 3, August 2016, pp. 562–584
[PDF] [gated]

The Long Transition from a Natural State to a Liberal Economic Order
International Review of Law and Economics, Vol. 47, August 2016, pp. 29–39 [PDF] [gated]

Monetary Stability and the Rule of Law” with Blake Johnson. Journal of Financial Stability, 17, pp. 46-58, April 2015.
[PDF] [gated]

Taxes, Lawyers, and the Decline of Witchcraft Trials in France” with Noel D. Johnson. Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 57, No. 1 February 2014, pp. 77-112
[PDF] [Washington Post] [Globe & Mail]

The Law & Economics of Private Prosecutions in Industrial Revolution England Public Choice Vol. 159,1-2, pp. 277-298, March 2014
[gated] [PDF] 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 Vol. 51,1, pp. 1-20 January 2014
[gated] [PDF]

Legal Centralization and the Birth of the Secular State” with Noel D. Johnson. Journal of Comparative Economics Vol. 41, 4, pp. 959–978 November 2013
[gated] [PDF] [slides] [NEP-HIS]

The Transformation of Labor Supply in the Pre-Industrial WorldJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization Vol. 82, 2, pp. 505-523 February 2012
[gated] [PDF][FT]

Prosecution Associations in Industrial Revolution England: Private Providers of Public Goods?Journal of Legal Studies Vol. 41, 1, pp. 95-130 January 2012
[gated] [PDF]

Evading the taint of usury: the usury prohibition as a barrier to entryExplorations in Economic History Vol. 47, 4, pp. 420-442 December 2010
[gated] [PDF]

The political economy of expulsion: the regulation of Jewish moneylending in medieval EnglandConstitutional Political Economy Vol. 32, 4, pp. 374-406 December 2010
[gated] [PDF]

Book reviews and Review Papers

A Review of A Culture of Growth by Joel Moykr The Independent Review
Forthcoming [PDF]

A Review of WTF?!: An economic tour of the weird by Peter T. Leeson Review of Austrian Economics
Forthcoming [Link] [PDF]

A Review of Economic History of Warfare and State Formation by Jari Eloranta, Eric Golson, Andrei Markevich, and Nicholas Wolf

A Review of Jared Rubin's Rulers, Religion, and Riches: Why the West Got Rich and the Middle East Did Not? Public Choice
Volume 172, Issue 3-4, pp. 549-552. [Link] [PDF]

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
Forthcoming [Link] [PDF]

A Review of Ultrasociety by Peter Turchin Journal of Bioeconomics,
Forthcoming [Link] [PDF]

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
[ssrn] [PDF]

A Review of Rationalism, Pluralism, and FreedomPublic Choice, Vol. 163, N. 3, pp/ 409-412, May 2015

Preindustrial Cliometrics: A Review Article. Economic Affairs Vol. 33, 2, pp. 268-279 2013
[gated] [PDF]

Review of Timur Kuran’s The Long DivergencePublic Choice Vol. 154, Issue 3-4, pp 341-343 March 2013

Review of Douglas W. Allen’s The Institutional [html]

Review of James K. Galbraith’s The Predator State.Economic Affairs Vol. 29, 1 March, 2009 [gated]