W. Walker Hanlon

Assistant Professor Department of Economics NYU Stern School of Business
44 West 4th Street, 7th fl. New York, NY 10012 whanlon@stern.nyu.edu



  • Urban Economics (undergraduate) Syllabus
  • European Economic History (graduate) Syllabus
  • A History of Health in Cities (freshman seminar) Syllabus


Published and Accepted Papers

Coal Smoke and Mortality in an Early Industrial Economy (with Brian Beach)

Accepted: Economic Journal

Subsumes "Pollution and Mortality in the 19th Century"

Agglomeration: A Long-Run Panel Data Approach (with Antonio Miscio)

Journal of Urban Economics , Vol. 99, May 2017, pp. 1-14.

Data Appendix: See Data Resources section below

Replication files

Book Review: The Pox of Liberty: How the Constitution Left Americans Rich, Free, and Prone to Infection. By Werner Troesken.

Journal of Economic History Dec. 2016, v. 76 no. 4, pp. 1240-1242

Temporary Shocks and Persistent Effects in Urban Economies: Evidence from British Cities after the U.S. Civil War

Forthcoming, Review of Economics & Statistics , March 2016

Subsumes "Industry Connections and the Geographic Location of Economic Activity"

Data & Replication Files

Killer Cities: Past and Present (with Yuan Tian)

American Economic Review, Papers & Proceedings , May 2015, 105(5), pp. 570-575

Online Appendix   Data & Replication Files

Do better monitoring institutions increase leadership quality in community organizations? Evidence from Uganda. -- with Guy Grossman

American Journal of Political Science , July 2014, v. 58, pp. 669-686.

Working Papers

Can migration make deadly recessions look healthy? Evidence from large-scale linked microdata (with V. Arthi and B. Beach)

Previously circulated as "Estimating the Recession-Mortality Relationship when Migration Matters"

Status: New draft posted June 25, 2018

Pollution and Maternal Mortality: Evidence from the London Fog (with Katherin Sudol)

Status: New draft completed July 9, 2018. Available upon request.

The Persistent Effect of Temporary Input Cost Advantages in Shipbuilding, 1850-1911

Status: Updated July 3, 2018

Previously circulated as "Evolving Comparative Advantage in International Shipbuilding During the Transition from Wood to Steel"

London Fog: A Century of Pollution and Mortality, 1866-1965

Status: Presentation mode. New draft posted October 4, 2018

Skilled Immigrants and American Industrialization: Lessons from Newport News Shipyard

Note: This is a Business History paper that was a byproduct of the shipbuilding paper above

Status: Draft updated August 9, 2018

Work in progress

Spillover Effects of IP Protection in the Inter-war Aircraft Industry (with Taylor Jaworski)

Status: Presentation mode. First draft coming soon.

Censorship, Family Planning, and the British Demographic Transition (with Brian Beach)

Status: Presentation mode. First draft coming soon.

Older unpublished working papers

Endogenous City Disamenities: Lessons from Industrial Pollution in 19th Century Britain

Available from the Ziman Center Working Paper Series here

This paper was a precursor to "Coal Smoke and the Costs of the Industrial Revolution"

Data Resources

British Patent Classification Database, 1855-1882

Database of all British patents from 1855-1882 with technology classifications from the British Patent Office

Data and Documentation (Zip file)

British City-Industry Database, 1851-1911

Database describing employment in 26 private sector industries in 31 large English cities from 1851-1911

Version 2.0: Updated March, 2016

Documentation (PDF)   Data (Zip file)