John Wallis

John Wallis, based at the University of Maryland College Park Department of Economics, researches the interaction of economic and political development, particularly in the case of the United States. His primary interest is in understanding why governments behave the way the do, with particular emphasis on the kinds of government policies that promote or retard economic development by applying tools of economic analysis, quantitative and theoretical, to the history of American government. Since the early 1990s, he has worked towards understanding early American government and the critical decades of the 1830s and 1840s.

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