Steven Nafziger

Steven Nafziger

Professor of Economics

Schapiro Hall Rm 335
At Williams since 2006


B.A. Northwestern University (2000)
M.A. Yale University, Economics (2002)
M.Phil. Yale University, Economics (2003)
Ph.D. Yale University, Economics (2006)

Areas of Expertise

  • Economic history
  • Development economics
  • Applied microeconomics

Scholarship/Creative Work

Select Recent Publications

“Eastern Europe and the Global Economy, 1800-1914,” (with Matthias Morys), in Matthias Morys, ed. The Economic History of Central, East, and South-East Europe, 1800 to the Present Day. London: Routledge, 2021. 97 – 127.

“The Slow Road from Serfdom: Labor Coercion and Long-Run Development in the Former Russian Empire” (with Johannes Buggle), The Review of Economics and Statistics 103.1 (2021): 1-17.

“Capital Structure and Corporate Performance in Late Imperial Russia” (with Amanda Gregg) European Review of Economic History 23.4 (2019): 446-481.

“Collective Action and Representation in Autocracies: Evidence from Russia’s Great Reforms” (with Paul Dower, Evgeny Finkel and Scott Gelbach), American Political Science Review 112.1 (2018): 125-147.

“Quantitative Evidence in Russian Economic History,” Slavic Review 76.1 (2017): 30-36

Select Working and Submitted Papers

“Shareholder Democracy under Autocracy: Voting Rights and Corporate Performance in Imperial Russia” (with Amy Dayton and Amanda Gregg), Working paper, 2021

“Corporate Finance of Industry in a Developing Economy: Panel Evidence from Imperial Russia” (with Amanda Gregg), Working paper, 2021

“The Births, Lives, and Deaths of Corporations in Late Imperial Russia” (with Amanda Gregg), Working paper, 2021

“The Economics of Serf Manumission in Imperial Russia, 1800-1860,” Working paper, 2021.

Select Research in Progress

The Black Repartition: Serfdom, Emancipation, and the Political Economy of Development in Late-Imperial Russia (tentative title; book project)

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

NSF Award #1948979: “Cliometrics Conferences for 2021, 2022, and 2023,” 2020 – 2023 [Co-PI with Christopher Hanes and Susan Wolcott, Binghamton University]

NSF Award #1658877: “Corporate Law, Finance, and Productivity in Historical Perspective,” 2017-2021 [Collaborative grant with Amanda Gregg, Middlebury College]

2019 Michael Wallerstein Award, Political Economy Section, American Political Science Association (joint with Paul Dower, Evgeny Finkel, and Scott Gehlbach)

Professional Affiliations

Trustee, The Cliometrics Society (2018-2021)

Editorial Board, The Journal of Economic History

Board member, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (2019 – 2021)