Publications

Debin Ma, and Jared Rubin. 2019. "The Paradox of Power: Principal-Agent Problems and Administrative Capacity in Imperial China (and other Absolutist Regimes)." Journal of Comparative Economics 47: 277-294. [Working Paper]


Hajikhameneh, Aidin, and Jared Rubin. 2019. "Exchange in the Absence of Legal Enforcement: Reputation and Multilateral Punishment under Uncertainty." Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization 35(1): 192-237.


Kuran, Timur, and Jared Rubin. 2018. "The Financial Power of the Powerless: Socio-Economic Status and Interest Rates under Weak Rule of Law." Economic Journal 128(609): 758-796.

Press: voxEU; The Independent; Science Daily; Duke Today; badcredit.org; podcast on "Research on Religion"


Rubin, Jared, Anya Samek, and Roman Sheremeta. 2018. "Loss Aversion and the Quantity-Quality Trade-off." Experimental Economics 21(2): 292-315.


Becker, Sascha O., Steven Pfaff, and Jared Rubin. 2016. "Causes and Consequences of the Protestant Reformation." Explorations in Economic History 62: 1-25.


Chaudhary, Latika, and Jared Rubin. 2016. "Religious Identity and the Provision of Public Goods: Evidence from the Indian Princely States." Journal of Comparative Economics 44(3): 461-483.


Rubin, Jared, and Roman Sheremeta. 2016. "Principal-Agent Settings with Random Shocks." Management Science 62(4): 985-999.


Kimbrough, Erik O., and Jared Rubin. 2015. "Sustaining Group Reputation." Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization 31(3): 599-628.


Kimbrough, Erik O., Jared Rubin, Roman Sheremeta, and Timothy Shields. 2015. "Commitment Problems in Conflict Resolution." Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 112: 33-45.


Rubin, Jared. 2014. "Printing and Protestants: An Empirical Test of the Role of Printing in the Reformation." Review of Economics and Statistics 96(2): 270-286.

Data (Stata .dta file); README file; Stata do-file; Appendices


Rubin, Jared. 2014. "Centralized Institutions and Cascades." Journal of Comparative Economics 42(2): 340-357.


Aimone, Jason A., Laurence R. Iannaccone, Michael D. Makowsky, and Jared Rubin. 2013. "Endogenous Group Formation via Unproductive Costs." Review of Economic Studies 80(4): 1215-1236.

Press: OUPblog


Makowsky, Michael D., and Jared Rubin. 2013. "An Agent-Based Model of Centralized Institutions, Social Network Technology, and Revolution." PLoS ONE 8(11): e80380.


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


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


Rubin, Jared. 2011. "Institutions, the Rise of Commerce, and the Persistence of Laws: Interest Restrictions in Islam & Christianity." Economic Journal 121(557): 1310-1339.

Press: VoxEU; Foreign Policy; podcast on "Research on Religion"


Iannaccone, Laurence R., Colleen E. Haight, and Jared Rubin. 2011. "Lessons from Delphi: Religious Markets and Spiritual Capitals." Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 77(3): 326-338.


Chaudhary, Latika, and Jared Rubin. 2011. "Reading, Writing, and Religion: Institutions and Human Capital Formation." Journal of Comparative Economics 39(1): 17-33.

Appendix: Model


Rubin, Jared. 2010. "Bills of Exchange, Interest Bans, and Impersonal Exchange in Islam and Christianity." Explorations in Economic History 47(2): 213-227.


Rubin, Jared. 2009. "Social Insurance, Commitment, and the Origin of Law: Interest Bans in Early Christianity." Journal of Law & Economics 52(4): 761-777.

Appendix of Proofs


David, Paul A., and Jared Rubin. 2008. "Restricting Access to Books on the Internet: Some Unanticipated Effects of U.S. Copyright Legislation." Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues 5(1): 23-53.

Other Publications

Carvalho, Jean-Paul, Sriya Iyer, and Jared Rubin. 2019. "Introduction." in: Advances in the Economics of Religion (edited by Jean-Paul Carvalho, Sriya Iyer, and Jared Rubin). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-21.


Rubin, Jared. 2019. "The Political and Economic Consequences of Religious Legitimacy." in: Advances in the Economics of Religion (edited by Jean-Paul Carvalho, Sriya Iyer, and Jared Rubin). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 311-320.


Rubin, Jared. 2018. "Global Divergence and Economic Change." in: An Economist’s Guide to Economic History (edited by Matthias Blum and Chris Colvin). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 193-200.


Rubin, Jared. 2018. "Islamic Law and Economic Development." in: Research Handbook on the History of Corporate Law (edited by Harwell Wells). Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 17-32.


Becker, Sascha O., and Jared Rubin. 2017. "The Protestant Reformation's Impact in Europe." in: The Long Economic Shadow of History, volume 3 (edited by Stelios Michalopoulos and Elias Papaioannou). VOX E-book, pp. 63-70.


Rubin, Jared. 2015. "Bills of Exchange, Financial Networks, and Quasi-Impersonal Exchange in Western Europe and the Middle East." in: 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). Rome: Viella, pp. 545-553.


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


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


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


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


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


Book Reviews

EH.Net Review: Noel D. Johnson and Mark Koyama's Persecution & Toleration: The Long Road to Religious Freedom, forthcoming.

Journal of Economic History: Francesca Trivellato's The Promise and Peril of Credit: What a Forgotten Legend about Jews and Finance Tells Us about the Making of European Commercial Society, 79(3): 897-899.

Journal of Economic Literature: Jean-Philippe Platteau's Islam Instrumentalized: Religion and Politics in Historical Perspective, 56(4): 1601-1603.

EH.Net Review: Bas van Bavel's The Invisible Hand? How Market Economies Have Emerged and Declined since AD 500, May 18, 2018.

EH.Net Review: Metin Coşgel and Boğaç Ergene's The Economics of Ottoman Justice: Settlement and Trial in the Sharia Courts, June 13, 2017.

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.