Journal Articles:

2023 - "The Myth of Wartime Prosperity: Evidence from the Canadian Experience" (with Vincent Geloso).  Social Science Quarterly. 104(4): 377–394.

2022 - "Preferential Attachment and Carl Menger’s Theory of the Endogenous Emergence of a Medium of Exchange". Cosmos and Taxis: Studies in Emergent Order and Organization. 10(5+6): 47–60.

Working Papers:

Is Deflation Cause For Panic? Evidence from the National Banking Era.

Rethinking Deflation and its Effects: Lessons from Canada Under the Classical Gold Standard (with Bryan Cutsinger)

Reaffirming the Wheat Boom: New Evidence for Structural Breaks in Canadian Economic Growth (with Jamie Bologna Pavlik and Vincent Geloso)

Works in Progress:

The Potlatch as Memory

Abstract: This paper builds a decentralized exchange model, incorporating endogenous recordkeeping and specialization, to examine gift-giving norms embedded in the Potlatch – a sophisticated cultural institution traditionally practised along the Pacific Northwest. Through this, I interpret the Potlatch’s ceremonial elements and dramatic retelling of the past through song, dance, and storytelling as investments in social memory, as this is an effective way to keep records in communities not utilizing written language. This investment deters free-riding and maintains gift-giving norms, thereby increasing the extent of the market and making specialization more attractive. I support this view with qualitative evidence and analytic narrative. Thus, the Potlatch may have aided in the high levels of wealth and specialization witnessed in the Indigenous communities who took part, despite many claims to the contrary.

An Exploration of Indigenous Access to Banking Services Historically in Canada: A Spatial Analysis           

Abstract: This paper builds a novel dataset of the location of charted bank branches in Canada between 1840 and 1935 – between the founding of the Province of Canada via the merger of Upper and Lower Canada (now Ontario and Quebec) and the establishment of the Bank of Canada (which ended private supply of large denomination notes). We then use this dataset to explore Indigenous communities’ access to financial services along two dimensions. First, as the branch network expanded, we test if the location of new branches relative to Indigenous communities was correlated with the community’s size and affluence. Here, we are looking to determine if chartered banks saw Indigenous communities as potential sources of customers or if they were disregarded in the location decision (possibly due to ignorance or bias). Second, we test if an Indigenous community being historically closer to a bank branch is a predictor of use of financial services and of participation in related programs to promote financial inclusion today. The proposed mechanism here is that geographic proximity to banks increases familiarity and awareness of financial institutions and, through this, helps build trust and financial acumen—a predictor of overall access to finance—which can be passed through generations over time. 

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