College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mark Koyama

Mark Koyama

Mark Koyama

Assistant Professor

Economic History

Mark Koyama is Assistant Professor of Economics at George Mason University and Mercatus Center Senior Scholar. Professor Koyama earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Oxford. He previously lectured at the University of York and spent a year at the Political Theory Project at Brown University. He is interested in how historical institutions functioned and in the relationship between culture and economic performance. Recent work explores the emergence of religious toleration and the rule of law in Europe between 1500 and 1800. 

Selected Publications

Taxes, Lawyers, and the Decline of Witchcraft Trials in France” with Noel D. Johnson. Journal of Law and Economics, February 2014. 

Tax Farming and the Origins of State Capacity in England and France” with Noel D. Johnson. Explorations in Economic History 51,1, pp. 1-20 January 2014 

Prosecution Associations in Industrial Revolution England: Private Providers of Public Goods?” Journal of Legal Studies 41, 1, pp. 95-130 January 2012 

The Transformation of Labor Supply in the Pre-Industrial World” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 82, 2, pp. 505-523 February 2012 

Evading the taint of usury: the usury prohibition as a barrier to entry” Explorations in Economic History 47, 4, pp. 420-442 December 2010 

Courses Taught

Professor Koyama maintains a website for Economic History at George Mason here.