Steven Nafziger

Associate Professor of Economics
Schapiro Hall Rm 335


B.A. Northwestern University (2000)
M.A. Yale University, Economics (2002)
Ph.D. Yale University, Economics (2003)


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

ECON 120(S)

Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 219 T(F)

Global Economic History

ECON 220

American Economic History

ECON 377

Inspiration/Perspiration: The Economics of Innovation and Technological Change

ECON 455

Research in Economic History

Curriculum Vitae

Fields of Specialization

Economic History
Development Economics


“Communal Property Rights and Land Redistributions in Late-Tsarist Russia,” Economic History Review (forthcoming).

“Russia” (with Andrei Markevich), in Kevin H. O’Rourke and Jeffrey Williamson, eds., Industrial Growth in the Global Periphery Since 1870. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

“Russian Inequality on the Eve of Revolution” (with Peter Lindert), The Journal of Economic History 74.3 (2014): 767-798.

“Peasants and Politicians: Agricultural Change and Rural Political Institutions in Nizhnii Novgorod Province, 1861-1906” in Ellen Hillbom and Patrick Svensson, eds., Agricultural Transformation in a Global History Perspective. London: Routledge Press, 2013.

 “Micro Perspectives on Russian Living Standards, 1750-1917,” (with Tracy Dennison), The Journal of Interdisciplinary History 42.3 (2013): 397-441.

“Big BRICs, Weak Foundations: The Beginnings of Public Primary Education in Brazil, Russia, India, and China, 1880-1930,” (with Latika Chaudhary, Aldo Musacchio, and Se Yan) Explorations in Economic History 49 (2012): 221-240.

“Serfdom, Emancipation, and Off-Farm Labor Mobility in Russia, 1861-1900,” Economic History of Developing Regions 27.1 (2012): 1-37.

 “Did Ivan’s Vote Matter? The Case of the Zemstvo in Tsarist Russia,” European Review of Economic History 15 (2011): 393-441.

“Peasant Communes and Factor Markets in Late Nineteenth-Century Russia,” Explorations in Economic History 47.4 (2010): 381-402.

“Communal Institutions, Resource Allocation, and Russian Economic Development: 1861-1905,” The Journal of Economic History (June 2008): 570-575. [Dissertation summary]

Working and Submitted Papers

“The Long-Run Consequences of Russian Serfdom” (with Johannes Buggle), 2015 (under review)

“Capital Structure and Corporate Performance in Late Imperial Russia” (with Amanda Gregg), Working paper, 2015.

“Collective Action and Representation in Autocracies: Evidence from Russia’s Great Reforms” (with Paul Dower, Evgeny Finkel and Scott Gelbach), 2015

“Decentralization, Fiscal Structure, and Local State Capacity in Late-Imperial Russia,” Working paper, under revision.

“The Political Economy of Rural Primary Education in Tsarist Russia” (with Timur Natkhov) Working paper, under revision.

“Russian Serfdom, Emancipation, and Land Inequality: New Evidence,” Working paper, 2013.

“Understanding the Process of Russian Serf Emancipation,” Working paper, 2014.

“An Economic Analysis of Prostitution in Tsarist Russia” (with Jessica Bean), 2015

“Firm-Level Responses to Changes in the Standard VAT Rate” (with Ivan Badinski), 2015

Research in Progress

Serfdom, Emancipation, and the Political Economy of Development in Tsarist Russia (tentative title; book project)

“What Did Zemstva Do? Local Government Activity in Tsarist Russia”

“Paying the Piper? Peasant Tax Arrears in Late Imperial Russia”

“Railroads, Market Development, and Agricultural Specialization in Tsarist Russia”

“Bargaining it Out: The Economics of Russian Serf Emancipation and Land Reform,” (tentative title; with Paul Dower and Andrei Markevich)

“The Sick Man’s Grandchildren: The Ottoman Legacy for Eastern Europe’s Informal Economy” (with Ivan Badinski)

“Culture and Social Capital: The Legacy of Russian Serfdom” (tentative title; with Leonid Polischuk and Elizaveta Elizarova)

“Eastern Europe and the Global Economy, 1800 – 1914” (working title)

Current Committees

Committee on Undergraduate Life, Chair