Research

Publications

  1. "Sundown Towns and Racial Exclusion: The Southern White Diaspora and the 'Great Retreat'," American Economic Association: Papers and Proceedings, Forthcoming (with Samuel BazziAndreas Ferrara, Martin Fiszbein, and Thomas Pearson).

    • Download: Draft.

    • Summary: All-white sundown towns spread throughout the U.S. during the 1900s, led in part by Southern white migrants and leading to a "Great Retreat" of Blacks.

  2. "The Economic Legacy of Expulsion: Lessons from Post-war Czechoslovakia," The Economic Journal, 2021, 131, 2233–71.

  3. "Shocks and the Spatial Distribution of Economic Activity: The Role of Institutions," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2021, 183, 791–810.

  4. "Education and Propaganda: Tradeoffs to Public Education Provision in Nondemocracies," Journal of Public Economics, 2018, 160, 66–81.

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Working papers

  1. "The Other Great Migration: Southern Whites and the New Right​," NBER Working Paper 29506, (with Samuel BazziAndreas Ferrara, Martin Fiszbein, and Thomas Pearson).

    • Download: Draft (with appendices).​

    • Summary: White migrants from the postbellum South imported their political preferences to the rest of the U.S., which shaped their destinations.

  2. "Churches as Social Insurance: Oil Risk and Religion in the U.S. South," revise and resubmit at Journal of Economic History (with Andreas Ferrara).​

    • Download: Draft, Supplemental material.

    • Summary: Religious communities grew throughout the U.S. South in the early 20th century as a form of social insurance against oil volatility.

  3. “New Area- and Population-based Geographic Crosswalks for U.S. Counties and Congressional Districts, 1790-2020,” CAGE Working Paper 588 (with Andreas Ferrara and Liyang Zhou).​

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Works in progress

  1. "National Identity and Modern Economic Growth" (with Stergios Skaperdas).

  2. "Toward a National Identity Index for Countries" (with Stergios Skaperdas).

  3. "The Confederate Diaspora" (with Samuel BazziAndreas Ferrara, Martin Fiszbein, and Thomas Pearson).

  4. "The Economic and Ideological Foundations of the Great White Migration"(with Samuel BazziAndreas Ferrara, Martin Fiszbein, and Thomas Pearson).

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