Recent Papers and Publications

Arrow Obituary

The Century’s Giant: An Obituary for Kenneth Arrow, Challenge 60 (2017).

Economic History Survey

Quantitative Economic History in the United States, in International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2015).

Nationhood and US Development

The Role of Nationhood in the Economic Development of the USA, in Alice Teichova and Herbert Matis (eds.), Economic Change and the Nation State in History (Cambridge University Press, 2003), 387-403.

Natural Resources and Economic Growth

Gold Rush Legacy: American Minerals and the Knowledge Economy (with Karen Clay), in Daniel H. Cole and Elinor Ostrom (eds.), Property in Land and Other Resources (Lincoln Institute, 2012)

Order Without Law: Property Rights During the California Gold Rush, (with Karen Clay),Explorations in Economic History 42 (April 2005), 155-183.

Resource-Based Growth Past and Present, (with Jesse Czelusta), in Daniel Lederman and William F. Maloney (eds.), Natural Resources: Neither Curse nor Destiny (World Bank/Stanford University Press, 2007), 183-211.

Labor History

The Industrious Revolution In America, in Laura Cruz and Joel Mokyr (eds.), The Birth of Modern Europe: Culture and Economy 1400-1800 (2010).

Arbitraging a Discriminatory Labor Market: Black Workers and the Ford Motor Company, 1918-1947, (with Christopher L. Foote and Warren Whatley), Journal of Labor Economics 21 (July 2003), 493-531. 

Technology and Productivity

Productivity Growth and the American Labor Market: The 1990s in Historical Perspective, in Paul Rhode and Gianni Toniolo (eds.), Understanding the 1990s (Cambridge University Press, 2006), 139-160.

National Leadership and Competing Technological Paradigms: The Globalization of Cotton Spinning, 1878-1933, (with Gary Saxonhouse) Journal of Economic History 70 (September 2010), 535-566.

World War II, the Cold War, and the Knowledge Economies of the Pacific Coast, in Mark Brilliant and David Kennedy (eds.), World War II and the West It Wrought (Stanford University Press, 2020).

The Rise and Fall of Regional Convergence in the United States Prepared for Nicholas Crafts @70 Conference, University of Warwick, March 15-16, 2019.

Civil Rights History

The Economics of the Civil Rights Revolution, in Winfred O. Moore, Jr., and Orville Vernon Burton (eds.), Towards the Meeting of the Waters: The Civil Rights Movement in South Carolina (University of South Carolina Press, 2007).

Voting Rights and Economics in the American South,  Working Paper, 2020


Slavery and American Agricultural History, Agricultural History 77 (Fall 2003), 527-552. 

Slavery and Anglo-American Capitalism Revisited.  Tawney Lecture presented at Economic History Society meetings Belfast, April 2019.