Taylor Jaworski
University of Colorado, Boulder
Assistant Professor of Economics

My interests are in economic history focused on regional development and transportation in the United States. I also use experiments to study the development of institutions. My CV is here.

tjaworski [at] nber [dot] org

Economics Building, Room 14C

(303) 492-2650

Department of Economics, UCB 256
University of Colorado, Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0256


"Revisiting the Great Compression," with Greg Niemesh, Historical Methods, forthcoming.

"World War II and the Industrialization of the American South," Journal of Economic History, forthcoming. NBER WP #23477

"Shakeout in the Early Airframe Industry," with Andrew Smyth. Economic History Review, forthcoming.

"Ownership and the Price of Residential Electricity: Evidence from the United States, 1935-1940," with Carl Kitchens, Explorations in Economic History, 2017. NBER WP #22254

"Bubbles, Crashes and Endogenous Uncertainty in Linked Asset and Product Markets," with Erik O. Kimbrough, International Economic Review, 2016.

"'You’re in the Army Now': The Impact of World War II on Women’s Education, Work, and Family," Journal of Economic History, 2014.

"Go West Young Man: Self-Selection and Endogenous Property Rights," with Bart J. Wilson, Southern Economic Journal, 2013.

"The Ecological and Civil Mainsprings of Property: An Experimental Economic History of Whalers' Rules of Capture," with Bart J. Wilson, Karl Schurter, and Andrew Smyth, Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, 2012.

Working Papers

"National Policy for Regional Development: Historical Evidence from Appalachian Highways," with Carl Kitchens, revise and resubmit at Review of Economics & StatisticsNBER WP #22073

Work in Progress

"The Location of Manufacturing and Openness to Trade: Canada during the First Globalization," with Ian Keay

"The Interstate Highway System and the Development of the American Economy," with Carl Kitchens

"The Long-Run Impact of Lower Trade Costs, 1920-2010," with Carl Kitchens

"Bell Labs, Innovation, and Market Power," with Andrew Smyth

"US Regional Cultures, Institutions, and Economic Growth," with Erik Kimbrough

"State Policies for Industrial Recruitment," with Carl Kitchens

"Asset Markets in General Equilibrium," with Erik Kimbrough and Luba Petersen


Economic History of the United States: 
The United States has experienced sustained economic growth over most of its history. 
More recently growth has slowed and economists, policymakers, and pundits have strained for explanations. 
This course will look to the past to understand the sources of economic growth throughout US history and the reasons for optimism or pessimism about prospects for future growth.



IPUMS provides census samples from the United States, Canada, and many other countries. For the United States, the complete count is available for 1850, 1880, 1920, 1930, and 1940 as well as several datasets linking records across decades starting in the mid 19th century.

The World Incomes Database gives information on top incomes in a number of countries worldwide usually starting in the early 20th century.

ICPSR is a repository for data underlying many research projects. Particularly useful are the Historical, Demographic, Economic, and Social Data: The United States, 1790-2002 complied by Michael Haines.

The Global Price and Income History project contains a variety of price, income, and government budget data from before 1950.

The Penn World Tables and World Development Indicators have similar (and more detailed) data covering the period from 1950 to the present.

The Maddison Project provides estimates of GDP for many countries going back several hundred years (to 1 AD for the area of the present day United Kingdom!).

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on over 30,000 slave voyages including over 12 million slaves between 1500 and 1870 by place of origin and destination.