Curriculum Vitae

Book (in Progress)

Rulers, Religion, and Riches: Why Western Europe got rich and the Middle East did not
Under contract with Cambridge University Press

Working Papers

Principal-Agent Settings with Random Shocks (with Roman Sheremeta)
- R&R, Management Science
- R&R, Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization
- R&R, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
PLoS ONE (2013), 8(11): e80380

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

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

Institutions, the Rise of Commerce, and the Persistence of Laws: Interest Restrictions in Islam & Christianity

Economic Journal
(2011), 121(557): 1310-1339
  (JSTOR Access)
Press: VoxEU; Foreign Policy; podcast on "Research on Religion"

Lessons from Delphi: Religious Markets and Spiritual Capitals (with Laurence R. Iannaccone and Colleen E. Haight)

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

Reading, Writing, and Religion: Institutions and Human Capital Formation (with Latika Chaudhary)

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

Bills of Exchange, Interest Bans, and Impersonal Exchange in Islam and Christianity

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
  (JSTOR Access) (Appendix of Proofs)

Restricting Access to Books on the Internet: Some Unanticipated Effects of U.S. Copyright Legislation (with Paul A. David)

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

The Lender’s Curse: A New Look at the Origin and Persistence of Interest Bans in Islam and Christianity

Dissertation Summary,
Journal of Economic History (2008), 68(2): 575-579
(JSTOR Access)

Other Publications

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

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, A.D. Beihammer, S. Burkhardt), Viella: forthcoming

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?, with Paul A. David
SIEPR Policy Brief
, Stanford University, December 2008

Book Reviews

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

Permanent Working Papers

Centralized Institutions and Sudden Change, 2010

** This working paper is an early version of “
Centralized Institutions...”. It contains a discussion of the post-election protests in Iran 2009 which I have taken out in subsequent versions

Printing and Interest Restrictions in Islam & Christianity: An Economic Theory of Inhibitive Law Persistence, 2008
** This working paper is an early version of “
Institutions, the Rise of Commerce, and the Persistence of Laws: Interest Restrictions in Islam & Christianity”. It is cited in “Institutions, the Rise of Commerce…”