BA, Economics, Williams College PhD, Economics, Harvard University
At Haas since 2010 2010 - present, Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business
External Service and Assignments
Referee for: Economic Journal, Economics of Transition, European Review of Economic History, Explorations in Economic History, Journal of Economic Growth, Journal of Economic History, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of the European Economic Association, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, Review of Economics and Statistics
Consulting: Asian Development Bank, Sustainable Endowments Institute
Current Research and Interests
Educational institutions, human capital and historical development
Labor market institutions and contract enforcement
Law and economics
Selected Papers and Publications
"Medieval Universities, Legal Institutions, and the Commercial Revolution," forthcoming, Quarterly Journal of Economics (with Davide Cantoni).
"The Political Economy of Educational Content and Development: Lessons from History," Journal of Development Economics, 104, 233-244 (with Davide Cantoni).
"Coercive Contract Enforcement: Law and the Labor Market in 19th Century Industrial Britain," American Economic Review, 103(1), 107-144 (with Suresh Naidu).
"Crime, Punishment, and Politics: An Analysis of Political Cycles in Criminal Sentencing," Review of Economics and Statistics, 95(3), 741-756 (with Carlos Berdejo).
Honors and Awards
Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching; PhD Program, Haas School of Business, 2012-2013
Quarterly Journal of Economics Excellence in Refereeing Award, 2011, 2012
Russell Sage Foundation Small Grant in Behavioral Economics, 2012
Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation Research Grant, Haas School of Business, 2011-2012
Roger L. Martin Fellowship, 2009
Thomas Cochran Fellowship, 2008
Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, 2008
Economic History Association Travel and Data Grant, 2008
Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. Travel Fellowship, 2008
Harvard Center for American Political Studies Graduate Seed Grant, 2007
Harvard University Graduate Fellowship, 2005 - 2007