RESEARCH

PUBLISHED ARTICLES

The Impact of Place-Based Policy: Evidence from a Multiple Synthetic Control Analysis of the Northeastern Revitalization Program in China. Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, (with Linan Peng)

Does Rigidity Matter? Constitutional Entrenchment and Growth. 2022. European Journal of Law and Economics, 53(1), 27-62 (with Andrew Young)

Does Constitutional Entrenchment Matter for Economic Freedom? 2021. Contemporary Economic Policy, 39(4), 808-830. (with Andrew Young)

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler? The Persistent Effect French Civil Law Has on Corruption, Institutions, and Incomes in Louisiana. 2021. Journal of Institutional Economics, 17(4), 663-680.

Institutional Quality and Development: On the Role of Informality. 2021. Journal of Developing Areas, 55(3), 343-363. (with Israt Jahan and Jamie Bologna Pavlik)

Ideologies, Institutions, and Interests: Why Economic Ideas Don’t Compete on a Level Playing Field. 2020. Independent Review, 25(1), 63-78. (with Alex Salter)

A Theory of Self-Governance: De Facto Constitutions as Filters. 2019. Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice, 34(2), 127-147. (with Alex Salter)

BOOK CHAPTERS

Economic Freedom Promotes Upward Income Mobility. 2021. In Gwartney, Lawson, Hall, and Murphy, Economic Freedom of the World: 2021 Annual Report, Vancouver: The Fraser Institute, 189-210. (with Vincent Geloso)

UNDER REVIEW

The Authoritarian Trade-off: A Synthetic Control Analysis of Development and Social Compliance in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. (with Linan Peng) (Revise and Resubmit)

Free to Grow? A Matching Methods Analysis of Economic Reform in the United States. (Revise and Resubmit)

The Political Economy of Lighthouses in Antebellum America (with Vincent Geloso)

(Revise and Resubmit)

Intergenerational Income Mobility and Economic Freedom. (with Vincent Geloso).

The Moral Costs of Markets: A Causal Analysis. (with Colin Harris and Ben Borchard) (Revise and Resubmit)

Does Economic Freedom Lighten the Blow? Evidence from the Great Recession in the United States. (with Jamie Bologna Pavlik) (Revise and Resubmit)

When a Country Becomes More Economically Free, Who in the Income Distribution Benefits? (Does Anybody Lose?) (with Andrew T. Young)

WORKS IN PROGRESS

Available Upon Request:

The Effects of Endured Constitutions on Incomes in the Contemporary Era.

The Political and Economic Consequences of Putin. (with Adam Martin)

Currently Unavailable:

Repression and International Trade: An Analysis of Chinese Trade with Islamic Countries. (with Greg Caskey and Linan Peng)

Russia: A Normal Petrocracy. (with Adam Martin)

Do No Harm? A Causal Analysis of the Impact of Foreign Aid on Governance Quality and Corruption. (with Kevin Grier). 

Freedom Worth Dying For? Economic Freedom and Homicide

Court Packing. (with Gor Mkrtchian)

Wealth, Health, and Economic Freedom in US Municipalities. (with Kelly Hyde, Ilia Murtazashvili, and Yang Zhou).