Publications

Publications

The Financial Power of the Powerless: Socio-Economic Status and Interest Rates under Weak Rule of Law [Working Paper]
Economic Journal, forthcoming
with Timur Kuran
Press: The Independent; Science Daily; Duke Today; badcredit.org; podcast on "Research on Religion"
Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization (2015), 31(3): 599-628
with Erik O. Kimbrough

Commitment Problems in Conflict Resolution [Working Paper]
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (2015), 112: 33-45
with Erik O. Kimbrough, Roman Sheremeta, and Timothy Shields

Printing and Protestants: an empirical test of the role of printing in the Reformation [Working Paper]
Review of Economics and Statistics (2014), 96(2): 270-286

PLoS ONE (2013), 8(11): e80380
with Michael D. Makowsky

The Political Economy of Mass Printing: Legitimacy, Revolt, and Technology Change in the Ottoman Empire [Working Paper]
Journal of Comparative Economics (2012), 40(3): 357-371
with Metin M. Coşgel and Thomas J. Miceli

Political Legitimacy and Technology Adoption [Working Paper[JSTOR]
Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics
(2012), 168(3): 339-361
with Metin M. Coşgel and Thomas J. Miceli

Institutions, the Rise of Commerce, and the Persistence of Laws: Interest Restrictions in Islam & Christianity [Working Paper] [JSTOR]
Economic Journal
(2011), 121(557): 1310-1339
 
Press: VoxEU; Foreign Policy; podcast on "Research on Religion"

Lessons from Delphi: Religious Markets and Spiritual Capitals

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization
(2011), 77(3): 326-338

with Laurence R. Iannaccone and Colleen E. Haight

Reading, Writing, and Religion: Institutions and Human Capital Formation

Journal of Comparative Economics
(2011), 39(1): 17-33

with Latika Chaudhary
Appendix: Model

Bills of Exchange, Interest Bans, and Impersonal Exchange in Islam and Christianity
[Working Paper]
Explorations in Economic History
(2010), 47(2): 213-227


Social Insurance, Commitment, and the Origin of Law: Interest Bans in Early Christianity

Journal of Law & Economics
(2009), 52(4): 761-777

Appendix of Proofs

Restricting Access to Books on the Internet: Some Unanticipated Effects of U.S. Copyright Legislation

Review of Economic Research on Copyright
Issues (2008), 5(1): 23-53

with Paul A. David



Other Publications

Bills of Exchange, Financial Networks, and Quasi-Impersonal Exchange in Western Europe and the Middle East
Union in Separation: Diasporic Communities in the Eastern Mediterranean (1100-1800) (edited by
G. Christ, F.J. Morche, R. Zaugg, W. Kaiser, S. Burkhardt, A.D. Beihammer), Viella, pp. 545-553, 2015

Islamic Institutions and Underdevelopment
Handbook on Islam and Economic Life (edited by M. Kabir Hassan and Mervyn K. Lewis), Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 593-609, 2014

Timur Kuran’s Framework and Economic Underdevelopment in the Islamic World
The Annual Proceedings of the Wealth and Well-Being of Nations (edited by Joshua Hall), Beloit University Press, pp. 85-94, 2013

Trade and Commerce

Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought (edited by
Gerhard Bowering, Patricia Crone, Wadad Kadi, Devin J. Stuart, and Muhammad Qasim Zaman), Princeton University Press, pp. 552-554, 2012

How Many Scanned Books on the Web?
SIEPR Policy Brief, Stanford University, December 2008
with Paul A. David

The Lender’s Curse: A New Look at the Origin and Persistence of Interest Bans in Islam and Christianity [JSTOR Access]
Dissertation Summary,
Journal of Economic History (2008), 68(2): 575-579



Book Reviews


Journal of Economic History:
Murat Iyigun's War, Peace and Prosperity in the Name of God: The Ottoman Role in Europe's Socioeconomic Evolution, 76(3): pp. 953-954, 2016.
EH.Net Review: Murat Iyigun's War, Peace and Prosperity in the Name of God: The Ottoman Role in Europe's Socioeconomic Evolution, August 13, 2015
EH.Net Review: Deirdre McCloskey’s Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern World, February 3, 2011

EH.Net Review: M. Umer Chapra’s Muslim Civilization: The Causes of Decline and the Need for Reform, June 16, 2008

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