Steven E. Nafziger

Steven Nafziger

Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. '41 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
  • Political economy
  • Applied microeconomics


ECON 107 / SOC 217 SEM

Inequality in a Classless Society: The Soviet Experiment and its Aftermath (not offered 2024/25)

Scholarship/Creative Work

Select Recent Publications

“The Births, Lives, and Deaths of Corporations in Late Imperial Russia” (with Amanda Gregg), The Economic Journal (forthcoming)

“Financing Industrial Corporations in a Developing Economy: Panel Evidence from Imperial Russia” (with Amanda Gregg), Financial History Review 30.2 (2023): 125-161.

“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.

“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.

Select Working Papers

“Shareholder Democracy under Autocracy: Voting Rights and Corporate Performance in Imperial Russia” (with Amy Dayton and Amanda Gregg), Working paper, 2024

“Violent Backlash to Political Reform: Evidence from Anti-Jewish Pogroms in the 1905 Russian Revolution,” (with Paul Dower, Scott Gehlbach, and Dmitri Kofanov), Working paper, 2024

“The Political Economy of Rural Primary Education in Imperial Russia,” (with Viktor Malein), Working paper, 2023

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Visiting Fellow, Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), Regensburg, Germany, 2024

NSF Award #1948979: “Cliometrics Conferences for 2021, 2022, and 2023,” 2020 – 2024 [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

Visiting Professor, University of Helsinki’s Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities, 2024

Trustee, European Historical Economics Society

Co-Editor, European Review of Economic History

Research Associate, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University