John Joseph Wallis
Professor Wallis received his PhD in economics from the University of Washington in 1981. After a post-doctoral fellowship at the University Chicago, he came to the University of Maryland Department of Economics in 1983. He has been a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research since 1989.
Professor Wallis is an economic historian who specializes in the public finance of American governments, constitutional development, and more generally on the institutional development of governments and economies. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in American Economic History (Economics 611 and 311), an undergraduate course on Economic History and Modern Development (Economics 412) and a graduate class on the theory of the state (Economics 613).
Recent publications include "Constitutions, Corporations, and Corruption."Journal of Economic History, March 2005, "The Concept of Systematic Corruption in American History" in Glaeser and Goldin, ed.Corruption and Reform: Lessons from America"s Economic History, University of Chicago Press, 2006, andViolence and Social Orders: A Conceptual Framework for Interpreting Recorded Human History, with Douglass North and Barry Weingast,Cambridge University Press,2009.
- Economic History
- Public Finance of American Governments
- The Institutional Development of Governments and Economies
- Ph.D. University of Washington, 1981
|Course Name||Course Title||Semester||Syllabus|
|ECON311||American Economic History Before the Civil War||Fall 2017|
|ECON311||American Economic History Before the Civil War||Spring 2017|
|ECON611||Origins and Development of Capitalism||Spring 2017|
|ECON311||American Economic History Before the Civil War||Fall 2016|
|ECON311||American Economic History Before the Civil War||Spring 2016||Syllabus|
|ECON611||Origins and Development of Capitalism||Spring 2016|
|ECON311||American Economic History Before the Civil War||Fall 2015||Syllabus|
- Institutions, Organizations, Impersonality, and Interests: The Dynamics of Institutional Change , John Joseph Wallis , Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 79(2) , 48-64 , June 2012.
- Deconstructing the Dominant Discourse: Chang on Institutions and Development. , John Joseph Wallis , Journal of Institutional Economics 7(4) , 589-593 , December 2011.
- Lessons for California from the History of Fiscal Constitutions , Isabel Rodriguez-Tejedo and John Joseph Wallis , California Journal of Politics and Policy 2(3) , 1-19 , January 2010.
- Lessons from the Political Economy of the New Deal , John Joseph Wallis , Oxford Review of Economic Policy 26(3) , 442-462 , January 2010.
- Violence and the Rise of Open-Access Orders , Douglass C. North, John Joseph Wallis, and Barry R. Weingast , Journal of Democracy 20(1) , 55-68 , January 2009.
- The Market for American State Government Bonds in Britain and the United States, 1830 to 1843 , Namsuk Kim and John Joseph Wallis , Economic History Review 58(4) , 736-764 , November 2005.
- Constitutions, Corporations, and Corruption: American States and Constitutional Change, 1842 to 1852 , John Joseph Wallis , Journal of Economic History 65(1) , 211-256 , March 2005.
- Can the New Deal's Three R's be Rehabilitated? A Program-by-Program, County-by-County Analyis. , Price V. Fishback, Shawn Kantor, and John Joseph Wallis , Explorations in Economic History 40(3) , 278-307 , July 2003.
- The Political Economy of New Deal Spending, Yet Again: A Reply to Fleck , John Joseph Wallis , Explorations in Economic History 38(2) , 305-314 , April 2001.
- American Government Finance in the Long Run: 1790 to 1990. , John Joseph Wallis , Journal of Economic Perspectives 14(1) , 61-82 , December 2000.
- The Anatomy of a Sovereign Debt Crisis , Richard Sylla and John Joseph Wallis , Japan and the World Economy 10(3) , 267-293 , July 1998.
- The Political Economy of New Deal Spending Revisited, Again: With and Without Nevada , John Joseph Wallis , Explorations in Economic History 35(2) , 140-170 , April 1998.
- Railroads and Property Taxes , Jac Heckelman and John Joseph Wallis , Explorations in Economic History 34(1) , 77-99 , January 1997.
- Integrating Institutional Change and Technical Change in Economic History: A Transaction Cost Approach. , Douglass C. North and John Joseph Wallis , Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics 150(4) , 609-624 , December 1994.
- The Political Economy of New Deal Fiscal Federalism , John Joseph Wallis , Economic Inquiry 29(3) , 510-524 , July 1991.
- Towards a Positive Economic Theory of Institutional Change , John Joseph Wallis , Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics 145(1) , 98-112 , March 1989.
- Employment in the Great Depression: New Data and Hypothesis , John Joseph Wallis , Explorations in Economic History 26(1) , 45-72 , January 1989.
- Should Transactions Costs Be Subtracted From Gross National Product? , D.C. North and John Joseph Wallis , Journal of Economic History 48(3) , 651-654 , September 1988.
- Does Economic Sclerosis Set in With Age? An Empirical Study of the Olson Hypothesis , Wallace E. Oates and John Joseph Wallis , Kyklos 41(3) , 397-417 , August 1988.
- U.S. City Finances and the Growth of Government, 1850–1902 , John B. Legler, Richard Sylla, and John Joseph Wallis , Journal of Economic History 48(2) , 347-356 , June 1988.
- Employment, Politics, and Economic Recovery in the Great Depression , John Joseph Wallis , Review of Economics and Statistics 69(3) , 516-520 , August 1987.
- Banks and State Public Finance in the New Republic: The United States, 1790-1860 , John B. Legler, Richard Sylla, and John Joseph Wallis , Journal of Economic History 47(2) , 391-403 , June 1987.
- The Birth of the Old Federalism: Financing the New Deal, 1932–1940 , John Joseph Wallis , Journal of Economic History 44(1) , 139-159 , March 1984.
- American Government Expenditures: An Historical Perspective , Douglass C. North and John Joseph Wallis , American Economic Review 72(2) , 336-340 , May 1982.
- Public Relief and Private Employment in the Great Depression , Daniel K. Benjamin and John Joseph Wallis , Journal of Economic History 41(1) , 97-102 , March 1981.
Department of Economics