Research

Publications

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

  2. "Sundown Towns and Racial Exclusion: The Southern White Diaspora and the 'Great Retreat'," American Economic Association: Papers and Proceedings, 2022, 112, 234-8 (with Samuel BazziAndreas Ferrara, Martin Fiszbein, and Thomas Pearson).

    • Download: Draft, Replication files.

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

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

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

  5. "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., catalyzing political realignment nationally.

  2. “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, Public Goods, and Modern Economic Performance" (with Stergios Skaperdas).

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

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

 © 2022 Patrick A. Testa.