Current working papers
“Resisting Education” with Jean-Paul Carvalho.
“Jewish Persecutions and Weather Shocks 1100-1800” with Warren Anderson and Noel D. Johnson
[ssrn] [slides][VOX] [Foreign Policy] [Times of Israel] [Wired] [Tablet] [Israel Hayom]
“Development and Religious Polarization: The Emergence of Reform and Ultra-Orthodoxy Judaism” with Jean-Paul Carvalho
“Unified China; Divided Europe” with Chiu Yu Ko and Tuan-Hwee Sng
[ssrn] [Slate] [The Upshot]
“Monetary Stability and the Rule of Law” with Blake Johnson. Journal of Financial Stability, Forthcoming 2014.
“Taxes, Lawyers, and the Decline of Witchcraft Trials in France” with Noel D. Johnson. Journal of Law and Economics, February 2014.
[PDF] [slides] [Washington Post] [Globe & Mail]
“The Law & Economics of Private Prosecutions in Industrial Revolution England” Public Choice 159,1-2, pp. 277-298 March 2014
“Tax Farming and the Origins of State Capacity in England and France” with Noel D. Johnson. Explorations in Economic History 51,1, pp. 1-20 January 2014
“Legal Centralization and the Birth of the Secular State” with Noel D. Johnson. Journal of Comparative Economics 41, 4, pp. 959–978 November 2013
[gated] [PDF] [slides] [NEP-HIS]
“The Transformation of Labor Supply in the Pre-Industrial World” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 82, 2, pp. 505-523 February 2012
“Prosecution Associations in Industrial Revolution England: Private Providers of Public Goods?” Journal of Legal Studies 41, 1, pp. 95-130 January 2012
“Evading the taint of usury: the usury prohibition as a barrier to entry” Explorations in Economic History 47, 4, pp. 420-442 December 2010
“The political economy of expulsion: the regulation of Jewish moneylending in medieval England” Constitutional Political Economy 32, 4, pp. 374-406 December 2010
Book reviews and Review Papers
“Preindustrial Cliometrics: A Review Article.” Economic Affairs 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 N.1 March, 2009