Noel D. Johnson

 

Welcome to my personal webpage.  I’m an Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University.  I’m also a Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center and a faculty member at the Center for the Study of Public Choice.  Here is my  CV.


I spend a lot of my time doing research on the historical origins of modern economic growth.   At the moment, I’m particularly interested in how climate and disease shocks interact with political and cultural institutions.


I was trained as an economic historian at Washington University in St. Louis and my work is also heavily influenced by the New Institutional Economics.  That said, while much of my work is in economic history, I’m also happy to go where interesting questions take me.


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What’s New?


9-18-2018  The proof of the cover for our book is out! Looking forward to getting the final proofs to edit within a week or so. Here are slides summarizing parts of the argument in the book.


9-18-2018  I’ll be visiting at the Sorbonne/PSE in Paris in November and December. I’m looking forward to interacting with the great group they have there.


9-18-2018  Looking forward to presenting material from my book with Mark Koyama on Persecution and Toleration: The Long Road to Religious Freedom at the Northwestern University Center for Economic History of Religion Conference from October 26-27. Here are slides summarizing parts of the argument in the book.


9-17-2018  Had a great time hiking in the Alps with my family this summer!


9-15-2018  Looking forward to presenting my work “Taxes, National Identity, and Nation Building: Evidence from France” in the Workshop on Formal and Informal Institutions for Growth and Development in Paris from Nov. 22-23.


9-14-2018  Looking forward to spending a couple days discussing a few hundred pages of readings on “Montesquieu and Pathways to Liberty” at a Liberty Fund conference in Miami Beach next weekend.


9-14-2018  I just published a chapter on “Geospatial Information Systems” in the edited volume, An Economist’s Guide to Economic History.


9-14-2018  We just published “The State, Toleration, and Religious Freedom” in the edited volume, Advances in the Economics of Religion.


9-10-2018  I enjoyed presenting our paper on the Black Death and Jewish Persecution at the Economic History Association last weekend. Caught up with old friends and met many exciting young scholars.


8-28-2018  I’ll be giving a talk at Virginia Tech on November 2. Will be presenting our research on the effects of the Black Death on Urban Development


3-28-2018  I’m excited that our paper on Jewish Persecutions and Weather Shocks, 1100-1800 has been awarded the 2017 Royal Economic Society Prize.


3-13-2018  Looking forward to presenting my paper on The Effects of Land Redistribution: Evidence from the French Revolution at ASREC next week. The program looks great.


3-11-2018  I enjoyed spending some time at Northwestern over the weekend participating in a conference to discuss the new manuscript by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson. I’m looking forward to seeing the book in print.


3-1-2018  I’m looking forward to attending the conference on Deep-Rooted Factors in Economic Development at Brown from May 5 to 6. Oded Galor, David Weil, and Stelios Michalopoulos have put together a great program.


2-15-2018  I’ll be giving a couple talks in Denmark in May. I’m excited to give my paper on The Effects of Land Redistribution: Evidence from the French Revolution at Southern Denmark University on May 16. I’ll also be at the University of Copenhagen to present my research on the  on Negative Shocks and Mass Persecutions: Evidence from the Black Death on May 17.


2-15-2018  I’m looking forward to visiting at CES in Munich during April and May. I’ll be giving three public lecture on my book with Mark Koyama “Persecution and Toleration: The Long Road to Religious Liberty”. Here is the link to the lecture flyer and here is an outline with reading list.


1-15-2018  Congratulations to Yasin Arslantas for his dissertation defense at LSE. He’s doing really interesting research on sovereign confiscations during the Ottoman Empire.


9-29-2017  I’ll be giving a presentation on “The Idea of Religious Freedom, State Capacity, and the Reformation” at American University on October 2. This is part of a series of events at AU celebrating The Reformation at 500. I’m looking forward to the event!


9-29-2017  I’m looking forward to giving at talk at Wake Forest University in the Economics Department on October 18. I plan on presenting my new research (with Theresa Finley and Raphaël Franck on The Effects of Land Redistribution: Evidence from the French Revolution.


8-27-2017  I’ve put up syllabi and readings for the two classes I’m teaching this semester: American Economic History and Spatial Techniques in Empirical Economics.


8-10-2017  I’m looking forward to the next iteration of the Economic History and Development Workshop this Tuesday, 8-15. We have some great speakers. Here’s the schedule.


8-5-2017  The Economist mentions our work on Jewish Persecutions and Weather Shocks, 1100-1800 in an article this week. Here’s the link.


7-28-2017  I really enjoyed doing a podcast with Garrett Petersen on our new working paper on The Effects of Land Redistribution: Evidence from the French Revolution. Here’s a link to the show.


7-13-2017  We just finished a new draft of The Effects of Land Redistribution: Evidence from the French Revolution.


3-9-2017  We just finished a new draft of Negative Shocks and Mass Persecutions: Evidence from the Black Death. The web appendix is here.


2-25-2017  I’ll be in Montreal for the Colloque CIREQ d’economie appliquee on April 7-8. I’ll be presenting my work with Remi Jedwab and Mark Koyama on Negative Shocks and Mass Persecutions: Evidence from the Black Death.


2-20-2017  Excited to have Paul Richard Sharp coming in to Mason to give a talk at Carow Hall on April 5 at 2 pm.



Contact Information


Noel D. Johnson

George Mason University

3301 North Fairfax Dr., Suite 450

Arlington, VA 22201

njohnsoL@gmu.edu


My Other Web Pages


GMU Economics

Mercatus

SSRN Working Papers 

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