Suresh Naidu
Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Columbia University/SIPA

sn2430 |at| columbia |dot| edu

My CV is here

Completed Academic Papers
Labour Market Power and American Slavery
Economic History of Developing Countries. This paper is based on the LEAP lecture I gave in Stellenbosch in 2019, video here

Monopsony and Employer Misoptimization Explain Why Wages Bunch At Round Numbers with Arindrajit Dube and Alan Manning

Text-based Ideal Points with David Blei and Keyon Vafa

Ideas Have Consequences:The Effect of Law and Economics on American Justice with Elliott Ash and Daniel Chen

Schooled by Strikes? The Effects of Large-Scale Labor Unrest on Mass Attitudes Towards the Labor Movement with Alex Hertel-Fernandez and Adam Reich
Forthcoming Perspectives on Politics

Do Americans Want to Tax Capital? Evidence from Online Surveys with Ray Fisman, Keith Gladstone, and Ilyana Kuziemko
Journal of Public Economics

Contested Property: Fugitive Slaves in the Antebellum South with Jeremiah Dittmar (in Progress)

Labor Market Power And the Limits of the Law with Eric Posner
Revised for Journal of Human Resources

Monopsony in Movers: The Elasticity of Labor Supply to Firm Wage Policies with Ihsaan Bassier and Arindrajit Dube
Revised for Journal of Human Resources

Unions and Inequality in the 20th Century: New Evidence From Survey Data with Hank Farber, Daniel Herbst, and Ilyana Kuziemko.

Monopsony in Online Labor Markets with Arindrajit Dube, Jeff Jacobs, and Siddarth Suri.
American Economic Review-Insights.

Antitrust Remedies for Labor Market Power with Eric Posner and Glen Weyl
Harvard Law Review

Collective Action and Customer Service in Retail with Adam Reich
Industrial and Labor Relations Review

Review of "Unequal Gains" by Lindert and Williamson
Economic History Review July 2017

The Evolution of Unequal Linguistic Conventions with Sung-ha Hwang and Samuel Bowles
American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings May 2017

Social Conflict and the Evolution of Unequal Conventions with Sung-ha Hwang and Samuel Bowles
Under revision for the Journal of the European Economics Association

Social Origins of Dictatorships: Theory and Evidence from Haiti with James Robinson and Lauren Young
Revised for the American Political Science Review

Political Language in Economics with Zubin Jelveh and Bruce Kogut.
Under revision for the Economic Journal

Labor Market Institutions In The Gilded Age of American Economic History with Noam Yuchtman.
Forthcoming in Oxford Handbook of American Economic History, edited by Lou Cain, Price Fishback, and Paul Rhode.

Start-up Nation? Slave Wealth and Entrepreneurship in Civil War Maryland with Felipe Gonzalez and Guillermo Marshall.
Journal of Economic History June 2017

Monopsony Power in Migrant Labor Markets: Evidence from the United Arab Emirates with Yaw Nyarko and Shing-Yi Wang.
(formerly titled Worker Mobility in a Global Labor Market: Evidence from the United Arab Emirates)
Journal of Political Economy, December 2016.

Democracy Does Cause Growth with Daron Acemoglu, Pascual Restrepo, and James Robinson.
Forthcoming in Journal of Political Economy.

Democracy, Redistribution, and Inequality with Daron Acemoglu, Pascual Restrepo, and James Robinson.
Forthcoming, Handbook of Income Distribution.

When the Levee Breaks: Black Migration and Economic Development in the American South with Richard Hornbeck
March 2014, American Economic Review

Book Review of "The Thousand Year Flood" by David Welky
August 2013, Journal of Economic History

Political Polarization and the Dynamics of Political Language: Evidence from 130 Years of Partisan Speech with Jacob Jensen, Ethan Kaplan, and Laurence Wilse-Samson
February 2013, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity.

Suffrage, Schooling, and Sorting in the Post-Bellum U.S. South (New Version Coming Soon)

Coercive Contract Enforcement:Law and the Labor Market in 19th Century Industrial Britain (with Noam Yuchtman)
February 2013 American Economic Review.

Seeing Like a Moneylender: A review of "Debt: The First 5000 Years"
August 2012 Journal of Global History.

Bases, Bullets, and Ballots: The Effect of U.S. Military Aid on Political Conflict in Colombia (with Oeindrila Dube)
Forthcoming, Journal of Politics.
An exchange with Andrew Gelman over this paper is here
An interview in El Espectador about the U.S. aid to Colombia is here
A column in Slate about this paper is here

Coups, Corporations, and Classified Information (with Arin Dube and Ethan Kaplan)
Quarterly Journal of Economics, August 2011
A column in Slate about this paper is here.

Intergenerational Wealth Transmission and the Dynamics of Inequality in Small-Scale Societies
Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, Samuel Bowles, Tom Hertz, Adrian Bell, Jan Beise, Greg Clark, Ila Fazzio, Michael Gurven, Kim Hill, Paul L. Hooper, William Irons, Hillard Kaplan, Donna Leonetti, Bobbi Low, Frank Marlowe, Richard McElreath, Suresh Naidu, David Nolin, Patrizio Piraino, Rob Quinlan, Eric Schniter, Rebecca Sear, Mary Shenk, Eric Alden Smith, Christopher von Rueden, and Polly Wiessner
Science October 2009.

Recruitment Restrictions and Labor Markets: Evidence from the Post-Bellum U.S. South
Journal of Labor Economics April 2010.

Economic Determinants of Land Invasions (with Danny Hidalgo, Simeon Nichter, and Neal Richardson)
Review of Economics and Statistics August 2010.

The Price of Fertility: Marriage Market Effects of A Family Planning Experiment in Bangladesh (with Raj Arunachalam)

Evolutionary Bargaining with Intentional Idiosyncratic Play (with Sung-Ha Hwang and Samuel Bowles)
Economics Letters 2010

The Economic Impacts of a Citywide Minimum Wage (with Arin Dube and Michael Reich)
Industrial and Labor Relations Review 2007 Suresh Naidu