Research

Publications:

“A Dam Problem: TVA’s Fight Against Malaria 1926-1951” The Journal of Economic History. 73:3. pp 694-724. 2013. [link]

"The Effects of the Works Progress Administration's Anti Malaria Programs in Georgia 1932-1947” Explorations in Economic History 50:4 pp 567-581. 2013 [link]

“Identifying Changes in the Spatial Distribution of Crime: Evidence from a Referee Experiment in The National Football League” Economic Inquiry 52:1 pp 259-268. 2014. [link]

“The Role of Publicly Provided Electricity in Economic Development: The Experience of the Tennessee Valley Authority 1929-1955” The Journal of Economic History. 74:2. pp 389 – 419. 2014. [link]

“The Use of Eminent Domain in Land Assembly: A Case Study of the Tennessee Valley Authority” Public Choice. 160:30 pp455-466. 2014. [link]

“Are Winners Promoted too Often? Evidence from the NFL Draft 1999-2012” Economic Inquiry 53:2 pp 1317-1330. 2015. [link]

“Dealing with Eminent Domain” (with Alex Roomets). Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics. 54 p p22-31. 2015. [link]

“Flip the Switch: The Spatial Impact of the Rural Electrification Administration 1935-1940” (with Price Fishback). The Journal of Economic History. 74:4 pp 1161-1195. 2015. [link]

Can Buyer Mobility Reduce Aggregation Failures in Land Assembly? (with R. Mark Isaac and Javier Portillo). Journal of Urban Economics. Vol. 95. pp 16-30. 2016. [link]

"Ownership, Technology, and the Provision of Residential Electricity" Explorations in Economic History (with Taylor Jaworski) 64:2 pp 53-61. 2017. [link]

“The Impact of Award Uncertainty on Settlement Negotiations” Experimental Economics (with Eric Cardella) 20:2 pp333-367. 2017. [link]

"From darkness to light: The labor market effects of electrification in Ghana 2000-2010" Economic Development and Cultural Change (with George Akpandjar) 66:1 pp 31-54. 2017. [link]

“'Crime' on the Field” (with Matthew Makofske and Le Wang), Southern Economic Journal. 85:3 pp 821-864. 2019. [link]

"National Policies for Regional Development: Evidence from Appalachian Highways" (with Taylor Jaworksi), forthcoming, Review of Economics and Statistics. [link]

How Robust is the Superstar Effect in Contests? ” (with Michael Babington and Sebastian Georg), accepted, Journal of Sports Economics. [link]

Working Papers:

Civil Asset Forfeiture, Crime, and Police Incentives: Evidence from the Comprehensive Crime Control Act” (with Shawn Kantor and Steven Pawlowski) [link]

Works in Progress:

Market Access, Income, and the Interstate Highway System” (with Taylor Jaworski and Sergey Nigai)

"WWI Agricultural Boom, Bust, and Fertility Response" (with Luke P. Rodgers)

"Neighborhood Tipping and Information Disclosure" (with R. Mark Isaac)

Book Chapters and Book Reviews:

Review of Andrew McIlwaine Bell's Mosquito Soldiers: Malaria, Yellow Fever, and the Course of the American Civil War The Journal of Economic History. 2010

Review of Matthew Downs'. Transforming the South: Federal Development in the Tennessee Valley, 1915-1960. The Journal of Economic History, 2015.

Review of Werner Troesken's The Pox of Liberty: How the Constitution Left Americans Rich, Free, and Prone to Infection. EH.net, 2016.

Review of Daniel Seldge's Health Divided: Public Health and Individual Medicine in the Making of the Modern American State. The Journal of Southern History, 2018.

“Energy in American Economic History” (with Rowena Gray) in eds. Louis Cain, Price Fishback and Paul Rhode, Oxford Handbook of American Economic History, 2018, Oxford University Press. [link]