The Financial Power of the Powerless: Socio-Economic Status and Interest Rates under Weak Rule of Law [Working Paper]

Economic Journal (2018), 128(609): 758-796

with Timur Kuran

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

Loss Aversion and the Quantity-Quality Trade-off [Working Paper]

Experimental Economics (2018), 21(2): 292-315

with Anya Samek and Roman Sheremeta

Causes and Consequences of the Protestant Reformation [Working Paper]

Explorations in Economic History (2016), 62: 1-25

with Sascha O. Becker and Steven Pfaff

Religious Identity and the Provision of Public Goods: Evidence from the Indian Princely States [Working Paper]

Journal of Comparative Economics (2016), 44(3): 461-483

with Latika Chaudhary

Principal-Agent Settings with Random Shocks [Working Paper]

Management Science (2016), 62(4): 985-999

with Roman Sheremeta

Sustaining Group Reputation [Working Paper]

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

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

Centralized Institutions and Cascades [Working Paper]

Journal of Comparative Economics (2014), 42(2): 340-357

Endogenous Group Formation via Unproductive Costs [JSTOR]

Review of Economic Studies (2013), 80(4): 1215-1236

with Jason A. Aimone, Laurence R. Iannaccone, and Michael D. Makowsky

Press: OUPblog

An Agent-Based Model of Centralized Institutions, Social Network Technology, and Revolution

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


Advances in the Economics of Religion (edited by Jean-Paul Carvalho, Sriya Iyer, and Jared Rubin), New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, forthcoming

Political Legitimacy

Advances in the Economics of Religion (edited by Jean-Paul Carvalho, Sriya Iyer, and Jared Rubin), New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, forthcoming

Causes of Divergence

An Economist’s Guide to Economic History (edited by Matthias Blum and Chris Colvin), New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, forthcoming

Islamic Law and Economic Development

Research Handbook on the History of Corporate Law (edited by Harwell Wells), Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 17-32, 2018

The Protestant Reformation's Impact in Europe

The Long Economic Shadow of History, volume 3 (edited by Stelios Michalopoulos and Elias Papaioannou), VOX E-book, pp. 63-70, 2017

with Sascha O. Becker

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 Literature: Jean-Philippe Platteau's Islam Instrumentalized: Religion and Politics in Historical Perspective, 56(4): forthcoming.

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.