Conference Proceedings
Shen, Zejiang, Kaixuan Zhang, and Melissa Dell. “A Large Dataset of Historical Japanese Documents with Complex Layouts.” IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops, 2020, 548-559. DatasetAbstract
Deep learning-based approaches for automatic document layout analysis and content extraction have the potential to unlock rich information trapped in historical documents on a large scale. One major hurdle is the lack of large datasets for training robust models. In particular, little training data exist for Asian languages. To this end, we present HJDataset, a Large Dataset of Historical Japanese Documents with Complex Layouts. It contains over 250,000 layout element annotations of seven types. In addition to bounding boxes and masks of the content regions, it also includes the hierarchical structures and reading orders for layout elements. The dataset is constructed using a combination of human and machine efforts. A semi-rule based method is developed to extract the layout elements, and the results are checked by human inspectors. The resulting large-scale dataset is used to provide baseline performance analyses for text region detection using state-of-the-art deep learning models. And we demonstrate the usefulness of the dataset on real-world document digitization tasks. The dataset is available at this https URL.
Zhang, Kaixuan, Zejiang Shen, Jie Zhou, and Melissa Dell. “Information Extraction from Text Regions with Complex Tabular Structure.” Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems Document Intelligence Workshop, 2019. Paper
Journal Article
Dell, Melissa, and Benjamin Olken. “The Development Effects of the Extractive Colonial Economy: The Dutch Cultivation System in Java.” Review of Economic Studies 87, no. 1 (2020): 164-203. Replication files Paper Appendix
Dell, Melissa, Benjamin Feigenberg, and Kensuke Teshima. “The Violent Consequences of Trade-Induced Worker Displacement in Mexico.” American Economic Review: Insights 1, no. 1 (2019): 43-58. Paper Appendix Replication Files
Dell, Melissa, and Pablo Querubin. “Nation Building Through Foreign Intervention: Evidence from Discontinuities in Military Strategies.” Quarterly Journal of Economics 133, no. 2 (2018): 701-764. Paper Appendix Replication files
Dell, Melissa, Nathan Lane, and Pablo Querubin. “The Historical State, Local Collective Action, and Economic Development in Vietnam.” Econometrica 86, no. 6 (2018): 2083-2121. Paper Published Appendix Online Appendix Replication files
Dell, Melissa. “Trafficking Networks and the Mexican Drug War.” American Economic Review 105, no. 6 (2015): 1738-1779. Paper Appendix Replication files


Dell, M., B. Jones, and B. Olken. “What Do We Learn from the Weather? The New Climate-Economy Literature.” Journal of Economic Literature (2014). Paper Appendix
Dell, M, B Jones, and B Olken. “Temperature Shocks and Economic Growth: Evidence from the Last Half Century.” American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics 4, no. 3 (2012): 66-95. PDF Online appendix Data/program files
Dell, M, and D Acemoglu. “Productivity Differences Between and Within Countries.” American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics 2, no. 1 (2010): 169–188. PDF Online appendix Data/program files
Dell, M. “The Persistent Effects of Peru's Mining Mita.” Econometrica 78, no. 6 (2010): 1863-1903. PDF Online appendix Spanish translation Data/program files 1 Data/program files 2 Data/program files 3
Dell, M., B. Jones, and B. Olken. “Temperature and Income: Reconciling New Cross-Sectional and Panel Estimates.” American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 99, no. 2 (2009): 198-204. Paper Online appendix