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Jonathan B. Pritchett
  • Associate Professor Of Economics
  • 2007-2008 CEPA Faculty Fellow
  • jprit@tulane.edu
  • Phone: (504) 862-8359
  • Tilton Hall, Room 309C


Jonathan Pritchett is Associate Professor of Economics at Tulane University. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1986. Professor Pritchett is currently researching the interregional slave trade in the United States, and is working on a book-length manuscript entitled “The Economics of Domestic United States Slave Trade.”


  • Jonathan B. Pritchett, “The Interregional Slave Trade and the Selection of Slaves for the New Orleans Market,” Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 28 (Summer, 1997), pp. 57-85.
  • Insan Tunali and Jonathan B. Pritchett, “Cox Regression with Alternative Concepts of Waiting Time: The New Orleans Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1853,” Journal of Applied Econometrics, 12 (Jan.-Feb., 1997), pp. 1-25.
  • Jonathan B. Pritchett and Insan Tunali, “Strangers’ Disease: Determinants of Yellow Fever Mortality During the New Orleans Epidemic of 1853,” Explorations in Economic History, 32 (October, 1995), pp. 517-539.
  • Jonathan B. Pritchett and Richard M. Chamberlain, “Selection in the Market for Slaves: New Orleans, 1830-1860,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 108 (May, 1993), pp. 461-473.
  • Jonathan B. Pritchett and Herman Freudenberger, “A Peculiar Sample: The Selection of Slaves for the New Orleans Market,” Journal of Economic History, 52 (March, 1992), pp. 109-127.
  • Herman Freudenberger and Jonathan B. Pritchett, “The Domestic United States Slave Trade: New Evidence,” Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 21 (Winter, 1991), pp. 447-477.

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Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), The Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.