Mark Koyama



How the World Became Rich” with Jared Rubin. Polity Press, May 2022 [Order at Amazon and] ]                                        

Persecution and Toleration: The Long Road to Religious Freedom” with Noel D. Johnson. Cambridge University Press, April 2019 [Order at and] [Website][Podcast]

Current Working Papers

Frank Herbert's Dune ” [SSRN]

Religious Violence and Coalition Politics in History ” with Desiree Desierto [SSRN]

Magna Carta, ” with Desiree Desierto and Jacob Hall [SSRN]

Feudal Political Economy, ” with Desiree Desierto [SSRN]

Shipwrecked by Rents,” with Fernando Arteaga and Desiree Desierto [Vox talks Podcast] [Vox Article] [SSRN][CEPR]

Published and Forthcoming Papers

Resisting Education” with Jean-Paul Carvalho and Cole Williams, Conditionally Accepted at The Journal of the European Economic Association [SSRN]

Pandemics, Places, and Populations: Evidence from the Black Death” with Remi Jedwab and Noel D. Johnson, Accepted at The Journal of Urban Economic [PDF] [SSRN]

The Political Economy of Status Competition: Sumptuary Laws in Preindustrial Europe” Accepted at The Journal of Economic History ” with Desiree Desierto [SSRN]

Fractured-Land and Political Fragmentation,” with Jesús Fernández-Villaverde, Youhong Lin, and Tuan-Hwee Sng. [SSRN"][Long Presentation] [Short Presentation] Quarterly Journal of Economics March 2023

Legal Capacity Oxford Handbook of Historical Political Economy Forthcoming 2023. [SSRN]

The Economic Impact of the Black Death” with Remi Jedwab and Noel D Johnson Journal of Economic Literature, March 2022. [Gated"] [PDF]

Epidemic disease and the state: Is there a tradeoff between public health and liberty?<>/font>, Public Choice Forthcoming 2022. [Gated"] [PDF]

Seapower,” with Ahmed S. Rahman and Tuan-Hwee Sng,” Journal of Historical Political Economy Volume 1, Issue 2. 2022. [Link"]

Medieval Cities Through the Lens of Urban Economic Theories,” with Remi Jedwab and Noel D. Johnson,Regional Science and Urban Economics [SSRN] [CEPR] [Published Version]

The Institutional Foundations of Religious Freedom,Journal of Economics, Management and Religion Volume 1, Issue 2. 2021. [Link] [PDF]

Health vs. Economy: Politically Optimal Pandemic Policy” with Desiree Desierto Journal of Political Institutions and Political Economy November 2020. Vol. 1, No.4 pp 645-669. [SSRN] [Published Version ]Earlier versions [CEPR][COVID Economics, vol. 41]

Negative Shocks and Mass Persecutions: Evidence from the Black Death ” with Remi Jedwab and Noel D Johnson Journal of Economic Growth, December 2019, Volume 24, Pages 345–395 [PDF] [Link]

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 Journal of Economics Organization and Behavior, November 2018, Volume 155, Pages 178-204
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Plague, Politics, and Pogroms: The Black Death, the Rule of Law, and the persecution of Jews in the Holy Roman Empire” with Theresa Finley Journal of Law & Economics, May 2018, Volume 61, Issue 2, pp 253-277 [ssrn] [Link]

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

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] [slides]

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

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 [PDF] [Link]

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 [PDF] [Link]

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

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, [Link] [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 January 2014 , Volume 51, Number 1, pp. 1-20. [Link] [PDF]

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 WorldJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization February 2012 , Volume 82, Number 2, pp. 505-523. [Link] [PDF][FT]

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

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

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

Instincts and Institutions: The Rise of the Market” with Jean-Paul Carvalho, Advances in Austrian Economics 2010, Volume 13, pp. 285-309. [Link] [PDF]

Book Chapters

Political Economy” The Handbook of Cliometrics, edited by Michael Haupert and Claude Diebolt, Springer 2020. [Draft]

Economic History” The Routledge Companion to Jewish History and Historiography, edited by Dean Phillip Bell, Routledge 2019. [PDF] [Link to purchase the book]

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]

Analytical Narratives” An Economist's Guide to Economic History, edited by Matthias Blum and Christopher Colvin, pp 371-378 [Link] [Link to purchase the book]

Establishing a New Order: The Growth of the State and the Decline of Witch Trials in France” with Noel Johnson and John V.C Nye in Institutions, Innovation, and Industrialization: Essays in Economic History and Development, edited by Avner Greif, Lynne Kiesling, and John V. C. Nye [SSRN][Amazon>]

Book reviews and Review Essays

A Review of Peer Vries’s Averting a Great Divergence: State and Economy in Japan, 1868-1937,EH.Net, May2020. Link]

A Review Essay of Escape from Rome The Journal of Economic Literature , Forthcoming [SSRN] Preview]

A Review Essay on the European Guilds Review of Austrian Economics, March 2020, Volume 33, Pages 277–287
[SSRN] [Link]

A Review of Nicholas Crafts’s Forging Ahead, Falling Behind and Fighting Back: British Economic Growth Economic History Review Volume 72, Issue 2 May 2019 pp 774-775 [Link]

A Review of Daniel Ziblatt’s Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy, Journal of Economic History, Volume 78, Issue 2. pp.940-942. September 2018 [Link]

A Review of From Warfare to Wealth: The Military Origins of Urban Prosperity in Europe by Mark Dincecco and Massimiliano Onorato February 2018. [Link]

A Review of A Culture of Growth by Joel Moykr The Independent Review Volume 22 Number 3. Winter 2018 [PDF] [Link]

A Review of WTF?!: An economic tour of the weird by Peter T. Leeson Review of Austrian Economics March 2019, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 81–84 [Link] [PDF]

A Review of Economic History of Warfare and State Formation by Jari Eloranta, Eric Golson, Andrei Markevich, and Nicholas Wolf September 2017. [Link]

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 [Link] [PDF]

A Review of Ultrasociety by Peter Turchin Journal of Bioeconomics, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 239–242. October 2016 [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 [JEH] [PDF]

A Review of the History Manifesto by Jo Guldi and David Armitage Journal of Economic History, Vol. 75, 2, pp. 584-587. June 2015 [Link][SSRN] [PDF]

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

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

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

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

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