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


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)

Working and Submitted Papers

Principal-Agent Settings with Random Shocks (with Roman Sheremeta)

Sustaining Group Reputation (with Erik O. Kimbrough)

Commitment Problems in Conflict Resolution (with Erik O. Kimbrough, Roman Sheremeta, and Timothy Shields)

Religious Identity and the Provision of Public Goods: Evidence from the Indian Princely States (with Latika Chaudhary)

The Institutional Basis of Political Legitimacy: The Reformation and the Origin of the Modern Economy in England (with Avner Greif)

Other Publications

Islamic Institutions and Underdevelopment
Handbook on Islam and Economic Life (edited by M. Kabir Hassan and Mervyn K. Lewis), Edward Elgar Publishing: forthcoming

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…”