Publications

I Intend therefore to Prorogue: the effects of political conflict and the Glorious Revolution in English parliament (2018) European Review of Economic History 22 (3): 261-297 

  • Editor's choice/lead article; published version available here

  • Article in The Washington Posts MonkeyCage Politics Blog (link)

  • Article in Oxford University Press Blog (link)

Select Working Papers

Before apartheid: Labor Markets, Political Parties and Institutions in Nineteenth-Century South Africa

  • Submitted

  • Draft here (November 2020)

Abstract: This paper studies the economic and political factors that led to the development of coercive labor laws in 19th-century South Africa. I examine the effect of an inter-regional economic shock, the discovery of diamonds in 1867, on agricultural producers' political demand for coercive labor laws. The beginning of the mineral revolution led to an increased demand for agricultural products (wheat) and thus an increased demand for labor by extractive producers. If coercion is difficult to implement, however, producers have an incentive to organize and politically demand more coercive labor laws. Using exogenous time-series variation in labor demand (wheat imports) in a panel setting, I find that farmers in wheat intense divisions lobbied the government for coercive labor laws when wheat imports increase. I argue that the development of the Afrikaner Bond, a nationalist political party, helped solve the producers' collective action problem. The paper provides evidence that the interaction of regional economic linkages and producers' ability to collectively organize contributes to the development of coercive labor institutions.

De jure property rights and costs of administration: evidence from the Boer Republics.

  • Revise & resubmit, Journal of Institutional Economics (with Sophia Du Plessis and Stan Du Plessis) 

  • Draft here (December 2019)

Political Allegiances in the House of Commons, 1660-1690: new data and applications

  • Revise & resubmit, Historical Methods

  • Draft here (June 2020)

The Glorious Revolution and Access to Parliament

  • Submitted

  • Draft here (November 2020)

‘A collection of unruly gentlemen’? Explaining Parliament’s Functioning in Seventeenth-Century England

  • article in the Economic History Societys The Long Run blog  (link)

Select Research in Progress

Property Rights Change in Seventeenth-Century England: Evidence from Estate Acts of Parliament

Parliament, Property Rights, and London's Expansion: 1700-1830 (with Dan Bogart and Gary Richardson)

Members of Parliament, 1660-1834: A New Database