University of Pittsburgh

People

Faculty

Werner Troesken

Professor

Research Interests

Economic history

Education

B.S., economics, 1986, Marquette University
M.A., economics, 1988, Washington University in St. Louis
Ph.D., economics, 1992, Washington University in St. Louis

Working Papers

  • Title: Did Frederick Brodie Discover the World`s First Environmental Kuznets Curve? Coal Smoke and the Rise and Fall of the London Fog (Download)
    (Co)Authors: Karen Clay
  • Title: The Germ Theory of Disease and the Market for Quack Medicines (Download)
  • Title: Lead, Mortality, and Productivity (Download)
    (Co)Authors: Karen Clay, Michael Haines
  • Title: Competition and Corruption: Lessons from 150 Years of Industrial Governance (Download)
  • Title: Cognitive Disparities, Lead Plumbing, and Water Chemistry (Download)
    (Co)Authors: Joseph Ferrie, Karen Rolf
  • Title: The Letters of John Sherman and the Origins of Antitrust (Download)
  • Title: The Pox of Liberty: How the Constitution Left Americans Rich, Free, and Prone to Infection (Book, forthcoming with University of Chicago Press)

Selected Publications

  • Title: Water, Race, and Disease (MIT Press, 2004) (External Link)
  • Title: The Great Lead Water Pipe Disaster (MIT Press, 2006) (External Link)
  • Title: "Lead Water Pipes and Infant Mortality in Turn-of-the-Century Massachusetts"
    Citation: Journal of Human Resources, vol. 43, no. 3 (Dec., 2008), pp. 553-75
  • Title: Water and Chicago's Mortality Transition, 1850-1925,
    Citation: Explorations in Economic History, vol. 45, no. 1 (Jan., 2008), pp. 1-16
    (Co)Authors: Joseph P. Ferrie, Northwestern University
  • Title: "Municipalizing American Waterworks, 1897-1915"
    Citation: Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, vol. 19, no. 2 (Oct., 2003), pp. 246-67
    (Co)Authors: Rick Geddes, Cornell University
  • Title: "Further Tests of Static Oligopoly Theory: Evidence from Distilling, 1881-1900,"
    Citation: Journal of Industrial Economics, vol. 51, no. 2 (June, 2003), pp. 151-66
    (Co)Authors: Karen Clay, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Title: "Strategic Behavior in Whiskey Distilling, 1887-1895,"
    Citation: Journal of Economic History, vol. 62, no. 4, (December 2002): 999-1023
    (Co)Authors: Karen Clay, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Title: "The Limits of Jim Crow: Race and the Provision of Water and Sewerage in American Cities, 1880-1925,"
    Citation: Journal of Economic History, vol. 62, no. 3, (September 2002): 734-773.
  • Title: "Race, Disease, and the Provision of Water in American Cities, 1889-1921,"
    Citation: Journal of Economic History, vol. 61, no. 3, (September 2001): 750-77.
  • Title: "Population Growth in U.S. Counties, 1840-1990,"
    Citation: Regional Science and Urban Economics, vol. 31, no. 2, (June 2001): 669-99.
    (Co)Authors: Patricia Beeson & David DeJong, University of Pittsburgh
  • Title: "Typhoid Rates and the Public Acquisition of Private Waterworks, 1880-1920,"
    Citation: Journal of Economic History, vol. 59, no. 4, (December 1999): 927-48.
  • Title: "Patronage and Public-Sector Wages in 1896,"
    Citation: Journal of Economic History, vol. 59, no. 2, (June 1999): 424-46.
  • Title: "Exclusive Dealing and the Whiskey Trust, 1890-1895,"
    Citation: Journal of Economic History, vol. 58, no. 3, (September 1998): 755-78.
  • Title: "The Sources of Public Ownership: Historical Evidence from the Gas Industry,"
    Citation: Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, vol. 13, no. 1, (April 1997): 1-27.
  • Title: "Antitrust Enforcement Before the Sherman Act: The Break-up of the Chicago Gas Trust Company,"
    Citation: Explorations in Economic History, vol. 32, no. 1, (January 1995): 109-36.
  • Title: Why Regulate Utilities? The New Institutional Economics and the Chicago Gas Industry, 1850-1925 (University of Michigan Press, 1996)
  • Title: "Water and Urban Development"
    Citation: Journal of Urban History, vol. 32, no. 4 (May 2006), pp. 619-30.
  • Title: "Did the Trusts Want a Federal Antitrust Law? An Event Study of State Antitrust Enforcement and Passage of the Sherman Act"
    Citation: Public Choice Interpretations of American Economic History (Hekelman and Whaples, editors)
  • Title: "Eclampsia and Lead Exposure in Britain, 1883-1931,"
    Citation: Environmental Research, vol. 101, no. 3 (July 2006), pp. 395-400
  • Title: "Regime Change and Corruption: A History of Public Utility Regulation"
    Citation: Corruption and Reform: Lessons from America's Economic History (University of Chicago Press)
  • Title: "The Significance of Lead Water Mains in American Cities: Some Historical Evidence"
    Citation: Health and Labor Force Participation Over the Life Course (University of Chicago Press)
    (Co)Authors: Patricia Beeson
  • Title: "The Institutional Antecedents of State Utility Regulation: The Chicago Gas Industry, 1860-1913"
    Citation: The Regulated Economy: A Historical Approach to Political Economy (University of Chicago Press)
  • Title: "A Note on the Efficacy of the German Coal and Steel Syndicates"
    Citation: Journal of European Economic History, vol. 18, no. 4 (Dec., 1989), pp. 595-600

Courses

Awards and Citations

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Economic History, 2003-2006, and 2009-2012.
  • Editorial Board, Explorations in Economic History, 2010-2012.
  • Alice Hanson Jones Prize, September 2006.
  • National Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1999-2000.
  • John M. Olin Faculty Fellowship, 1995-1996.
  • Editorial Board, Social Science History, 1996-99.