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Working papers:


Published research:

Early Life Circumstance and Adult Mental Health
with Achyuta Adhvaryu and Anant Nyshadham
Forthcoming, Journal of Political Economy

Polygamy and child mortality: Historical and modern evidence from Nigeria's Igbo
with Vellore Arthi
2018, Review of Economics of the Household
Oil and ethnic inequality in Nigeria
with Igor Zurimendi
2017, Journal of Economic Growth

1807: Economic shocks, conflict and the slave trade
with Namrata Kala
2017, Journal of Development Economics

Intra-Household Labor Allocation in Colonial Nigeria
with Vellore Arthi
2016, Explorations in Economic History

African polygamy: Past and present
2015, Journal of Development Economics

Climate and the slave trade
with Namrata Kala
Web Appendix
2015, Journal of Development Economics

Trees, tenure and conflict: Rubber in colonial Benin
2014, Journal of Development Economics

The battle for rubber in Benin
2014, Economic History Review

Ecology, trade, and states in pre-colonial Africa
 Web Appendix
2014, Journal of the European Economic Association

Imachi nkwu: Trade and the commons
Sample Case
2014, Journal of Economic History

Does land abundance explain African institutions?
Web Appendix, Matches
2013, Economic Journal

Revealed preference tests of the Cournot model
with Andrés Carvajal, Rahul Deb, and John Quah
2013, Econometrica

"Rubber will not keep in this country": Failed development in Benin, 1897-1921
2013, Explorations in Economic History

Partition, migration, and jute cultivation in India
with Prashant Bharadwaj
2012, Journal of Development Studies

Land abundance and economic institutions: Egba land and slavery, 1830-1914
2012, Economic History Review

Land tenure and investment incentives: Evidence from West Africa
Web Appendix, Correction
2011, Journal of Development Economics

L'Étranger: Status, property rights, and investment incentives in Cote d'Ivoire
2010, Land Economics

Other publications:

Environmental Economic History
with Namrata Kala
2017, The Long Economic and Political Shadow of History
Literature review

Economic Growth and Measurement Reconsidered
2016, Journal of Economic History
Book review

A nonparametric analysis of multi-product oligopolies
with Andrés Carvajal, Rahul Deb, and John Quah
2014, Economic Theory

Debt and Slavery in the Mediterranean and Atlantic Worlds
2014, Journal of Economic History
Book review

History, historians and development policy: A necessary dialogue
2012, Economic History Review
Book review

Property rights in rural West Africa: Causes and consequences 
2011, Journal of Economic History
Dissertation summary

The causal history of Africa: A response to Hopkins 
2010, Economic History of Developing Regions 
Literature review, responding to an article by Hopkins

Comments by Hopkins and Jerven, and my reply.