Vincent J. Geloso

Vincent J. Geloso

Vincent J. Geloso

Assistant Professor

My research interests include: economic history, the measurement of living standards in historical perspective and political economy.

Originally from Quebec, Canada, I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at George Mason University and earned my Ph.D. in economic history from the London School of Economics. I was previously postdoctoral fellow at Texas Tech University and assistant professor of economics at King's University College and Bates College. I have an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Montreal.

I specialize in the measurement of living standards today and in the distant past and in economic history. I combine this specialization in economic history with a specialization in political economy in order to explain differences in living standards over time and space. My articles have been published in Public Choice, Economic Inquiry, Canadian Journal of Economics Explorations in Economic History, European Review of Economic History, Contemporary Economic Policy and Southern Economic Journal. I have also authored some 200 opinion articles in the Journal de Montréal, Journal de Québec, National Post, Toronto Sun, Vancouver Sun, Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Gazette, Le Devoir, La Presse, Le Soleil, and Huffington Post Québec.

Current Research

Articles in Consideration at Journals (as of September 2021)

How Pronounced is the U-Curve? Revisiting Income Inequality in the United States, 1917-1945 (with Phil Magness, John Moore and Phil Schlosser)

Regulatory Capture and the Dynamics of Interventionism: The Case of Power Utilities in Quebec and Ontario to 1944 (with Germain Belzile and Rosolino Candela)

The Incubated Revolution: Education, Cohort Effects, and the Linguistic Wage Gap in Quebec, 1970 to 2000(with Julien Gagnon and Maripier Isabelle)

The Political Economy of Lighthouses in Antebellum America (with Justin T. Callais)

Economic Freedom Improves Income Mobility: Evidence from Canadian Provinces, 1982–2018 (with James Dean)

Globalization and Empire: Market Integration and International Trade Between Canada, the United States and Britain from 1750 to 1870 (with Maja Pedersen and Paul Sharp)

Monetary Famine, Paper Money and International Constraints on Economic Growth: The Case of Colonial Quebec (with Gabriel Mathy)

The Lesser Shades of Labor Coercion: The Impact of Seigneurial Tenure in Nineteenth Century Quebec (with Vadim Kufenko and Alex Arsenault Morin)


Selected Publications

Candela, R. A., & Geloso, V. (2021). Economic freedom, pandemics, and robust political economy. Southern economic journal87(4), 1250-1266.

Cutsinger, B., Geloso, V., & Bédard, M. (2021). The Wild Card: Colonial Paper Money in French North America, 1685 to 1719. European Review of Economic History

Geloso, V. J., & Grier, K. B. (2021). Love on the rocks: The causal effects of separatist governments in Quebec. European Journal of Political Economy, 102088.

Geloso, V., & Pavlik, J. B. (2021). The Cuban revolution and infant mortality: A synthetic control approach. Explorations in Economic History80, 101376.

Geloso, V., & Bologna Pavlik, J.B. (2021). Economic freedom and the economic consequences of the 1918 pandemic. Contemporary Economic Policy39(2), 255-263.

Dean, J., & Geloso, V. (2021). The linguistic wage gap in Quebec, 1901 to 1951. Cliometrica, 1-23.

Geloso, V. J., & Salter, A. W. (2020). State capacity and economic development: Causal mechanism or correlative filter?. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization170, 372-385.

Candela, R. A., & Geloso, V. J. (2020). Trade or raid: Acadian settlers and native Americans before 1755. Public Choice, 1-27.

Candela, R. A., & Geloso, V. (2019). Why consider the lighthouse a public good?. International Review of Law and Economics60, 105852.

Candela, R. A., & Geloso, V. J. (2018). The lightship in economics. Public Choice176(3), 479-506.

Geloso, V. J. (2019). Distinct within North America: living standards in French Canada, 1688–1775. Cliometrica13(2), 277-321.

Expanded Publication List

Full CV available on my website 

Courses Taught

ECON 365: Topics in Economic History

Education (2009) Université de Montréal (2010) London School of Economics and Political Science

Ph.D (2016) London School of Economics and Political Science

Recent Presentations

Myths and Facts of Cuban Health Care - Human Rights Foundation (October 2021)

In the Media

Recent media appearances

Make French Safer by Making Quebec Richer (op-ed in Financial Post, Canada)

Regulations disproportionately hurt low-income workers trying to climb income ladder (Yahoo Finance)

Facing a 'she-cession,' federal child care funding needed to support women in the workforce, says expert (CBC, Canada)

Rogers-Shaw deal raises questions on pricing power, political will (Toronto Star, Canada)