I use both current and historical data to investigate long run trends in inequality and in the development of state institutions.  I am the Julius Silver Professor in NYU’s Department of Politics and an Affiliated Professor in NYU’s School of Law, as well as its Department of History.  Recently, together with Ken Scheve at Stanford, I published Taxing the Rich, a book that charts the evolution of progressive taxation in twenty countries over the last two centuries.  Before that I published States of Credit and Public Debt and the Birth of the Democratic State, two books in which I explored the joint development of representative government and public borrowing in Europe during the medieval and early modern periods.  I have also published a number of articles on these and related topics.  I am currently working on a book under contract for Princeton University Press that will explore the history of government by consent in a global setting, charting the long rise of democracy in Europe in comparison with China, the Middle East, and other world regions.  

Origins of Early Democracy {with Ali Ahmed) coming soon

Why US Tax Policy Has Not Responded to Rising Inequality   (new paper with Ken Scheve)

My recent review essay on Wealth Inequality and Democracy  (with Ken Scheve)

My first look at why government by consent arose in Europe and not China or the Middle East

How inclusive institutions sometimes fail – lessons from the democratic revolutions of the Middle Ages

The political costs of fiscal austerity may be smaller for leaders than we think (with Eric Arias)