About Me

I am an associate professor in the department of economics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

My research focuses on regional development in the United States. I am also interested in the effects of regulation and industrial policy. My curriculum vitae is available here.

I am visiting the Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy at Chapman University during 2023-24.


  • "Economic Geography and Air Pollution Regulation in the United States," with Alex Hollingsworth, Carl Kitchens, and Ivan Rudik. Conditionally accepted at Journal of Political Economy: Microeconomics. [link]

  • "Highways and Globalization," with Carl Kitchens and Sergey Nigai, International Economic Review, 2023. [link, VoxEU column]

  • "Globalization and the Spread of Industrialization in Canada, 1871-1891," with Ian Keay, Explorations in Economic History, 2022. [link]

  • "Spillover Effects of IP Protection in the Interwar Aircraft Industry," with Walker Hanlon, Economic Journal, 2022. [link, VoxEU column]

  • "Specification and Structure in Economic History," Explorations in Economic History, 2020. [link]

  • "National Policy for Regional Development: Historical Evidence from Appalachian Highways," with Carl Kitchens, Review of Economics & Statistics, 2019 [link, note]

  • "Two World Wars in American Economic History," with Price V. Fishback, Oxford Handbook of American Economic History, 2018. [link]

  • "Shakeout in the Early Airframe Industry," with Andrew Smyth. Economic History Review, 2018. [link]

  • "Revisiting the Great Compression," with Greg Niemesh, Historical Methods, 2018. [link]

  • "Entry and Pricing on Broadway,” with Maggie Jones and Mario Samano, Applied Economics Letters, 2018. [link]

  • "World War II and the Industrialization of the American South," Journal of Economic History, 2017. [link, VoxEU column, data]

  • "Ownership and the Price of Residential Electricity: Evidence from the United States, 1935-1940," with Carl Kitchens, Explorations in Economic History, 2017. [link]

  • "Bubbles, Crashes and Endogenous Uncertainty in Linked Asset and Product Markets," with Erik O. Kimbrough, International Economic Review, 2016. [link]

  • "'You’re in the Army Now': The Impact of World War II on Women’s Education, Work, and Family," Journal of Economic History, 2014. [link, data]

  • "Go West Young Man: Self-Selection and Endogenous Property Rights," with Bart J. Wilson, Southern Economic Journal, 2013. [link]

  • "The Ecological and Civil Mainsprings of Property: An Experimental Economic History of Whalers' Rules of Capture," with Bart J. Wilson, Karl Schurter, and Andrew Smyth, Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, 2012. [link]

Work in Progress