Economics Faculty and Staff
Title: Adjunct Research Professor
Office: CAS 456
Constitutional Economics, Economic History and Development, Historical Demography and Health, Law and Economics, Political Economy
Director, Guest Speaker Program, Charles Koch Foundation grant, 2011-2012, 2012-2013.
Director, Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Charles Koch Foundation grant, 2011-2012.
Director, Graduate Research Fellowship, Charles Kock Foundation grant, 2012-2013.
Principal Investigator, Research Experience for Undergraduates, "The Differential Impact of Parasitic Diseases on Agricultural of Blacks and Whites in the Early Twentieth-Century American South," National Science Foundation grant, 2010.
Principal Investigator, "The Differential Impact of Parasitic Diseases on Agricultural Productivity of Blacks and Whites in the Early Twentieth-Century American South," National Science Foundation grant, 2007-2010.
Principal Investigator, "The Differential Impact of Morbid Diseases on the Productivity of Black and White Labor in the Agricultural South," National Science Foundation grant, 2000-2001.
Selected Publications - Books:
Parasites, Pathogens, and Progress: Diseases and Economic Development (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2011) with Philip R. P. Coelho.
Government and the American Economy: A New History (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007) in collaboration with Price Fishback, Robert Higgs, Gary Libecap, and twelve other economic historians.
To Form A More Perfect Union: A New Economic Interpretation of the United States Constitution (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003).
Selected Publications - Articles:
"Extending Public Health: The Rockefeller Sanitary Commission and Hookworm in the American South," with Cheryl Elman and Barbara Wittman, American Journal of Public Health, 2013, forthcoming.
“Demography, Disease, and Development: An Evolutionary Approach,” Economic History of Developing Regions 27 (Supplement 1 2012): S92-S107.
“Constitutional Agreement during the Drafting of the Constitution: A New Interpretation,” with Ben Baack and T. Norman Van Cott, Journal of Legal Studies 38 (June 2009): 533-567.
“Racial Differences in Disease Susceptibilities: Intestinal Worm Infections in the Early Twentieth-Century American South,” with Philip R. P. Coelho, Social History of Medicine 19 (December 2006): 461-482.
“The Confederate Constitution, Tariffs, and the Laffer Relationship,” with T. Norman Van Cott, Economic Inquiry 40 (July 2002): 428-438.
“Diets versus Diseases: The Anthropometrics of Slave Children,” with Philip R. P. Coelho, Journal of Economic History 60 (March 2000): 232-246.
“Constitutional Economics and the American Founding,” with Robert L. Ohsfeldt, Research in Law and Economics 18 (1997): 143-171.
“African and European Bound Labor in the British New World: The Biological Consequences of Economic Choices,” with Philip R. P. Coelho, Journal of Economic History 57 (March 1997): 83-115.
“Deflation-Induced Increases in Late-Nineteenth Century U.S. Tariffs,” Economic History Review 43 (November 1990): 635-647.
“Self-Interest, Agency Theory, and Political Voting Behavior: The Ratification of the United States Constitution,” with Robert L. Ohsfeldt, American Economic Review 79 (March 1989): 219-234.
“Constitution Making: A Rational Choice Model of the Federal Convention of 1787,” American Journal of Political Science 32 (May 1988): 483-522.
“The Determinants of the Choice between Public and Private Production of a Publicly Funded Service,” with Robert L. Ohsfeldt and T. Norman Van Cott, Public Choice 54 (August 1987): 211-230.
“An Economic Model of Voting Behavior over Specific Issues at the Constitutional Convention of 1787,” with Robert L. Ohsfeldt, Journal of Economic History 46 (March 1986): 79-111.
“Economic Interests and the American Constitution: A Quantitative Rehabilitation of Charles A. Beard,” with Robert L. Ohsfeldt, Journal of Economic History 44 (June 1984): 509-519.
“Public Versus Private Economic Activity: A New Look at School Bus Transportation,” with T. Norman Van Cott, Public Choice 43 (No. 1 1984): 25-43.
“Economic Causes of Late-Nineteenth Century Agrarian Unrest: New Evidence,” Journal of Economic History 41 (December 1981): 835-852.
“A Portfolio Analysis of Crop Diversification and Risk in the Cotton South,” Explorations in Economic History 17 (October 1980): 342-371.
“Cotton, Corn, and Risk in the Nineteenth Century: Another View,” with Robert Higgs, Explorations in Economic History 14 (April 1977): 167-182.
Ph.D., Economics, University of Washington, 1978