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"Immigration in American Economic History," with Ran Abramitzky. In Journal of Economic Literature, Forthcoming.
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**Featured in The Atlantic (Jan 24, 2016)

"Racial Differences in Health in Long-Run Perspective," with Robert A. Margo. In Oxford Handbook of Economics and Human Biology, Forthcoming.
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**Featured in The Washington Post (Dec 29, 2014)

"Urbanization in the United States, 1800-2000," with Devin Bunten and Owen Hearey. In Oxford Handbook of American Economic History, Forthcoming.
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"The Origin and Persistence of Black-White Differences in Women’s Labor Force Participation," with William J. Collins. In Human Capital in History: The American Record, 2014.
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"A Nation of Immigrants: Assimilation and Economic Outcomes in the Age of Mass Migration," with Ran Abramitzky and Katherine Eriksson. Journal of Political Economy, 2014.
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**Featured in USA Today (April 16, 2015)
**Featured in Vox (April 21, 2015)
**Featured in Voice of America (April 27, 2015)

"A Silver Lining to White Flight? White Suburbanization and African-American Homeownership, 1940-1980," with Robert A. Margo. Journal of Urban Economics, 2013.
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** Featured in Vox (February 12, 2011)
**Featured in CityLab (October, 2013)

"Local Public Goods and the Demand for High-Income Municipalities," Journal of Urban Economics, 2013.
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"The Effect of Rising Income Inequality on Taxation and Public Expenditures: Evidence from US Municipalities and School Districts, 1970-2000," with Fernando Ferreira, Hernan Winkler and Eric Zolt. Review of Economics and Statistics, 2013.
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** Featured in Slate (July 11, 2014)

"Have the Poor Always Been Less Likely to Migrate? Evidence from Inheritance Practices during the Age of Mass Migration," with Ran Abramitzky and Katherine Eriksson. Journal of Development Economics, 2013.
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"Population Trends as a Counterweight to Central City Decline," with Allison Shertzer. Demography, 2013.
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** Featured in Newsweek (October 29, 2010)

"Europe's Tired, Poor, Huddled Masses: Self-Selection and Economic Outcomes in the Age of Mass Migration," with Ran Abramitzky and Katherine Eriksson. American Economic Review, 2012.
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** Featured in Vox (February 12, 2010)
** Featured in NBER Reporter (Spring 2013)

"Moving to Higher Ground: Migration Response to Natural Disasters in the Early Twentieth Century," with Matthew E. Kahn and Paul W. Rhode. American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 2012.
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"School Desegregation and Urban Change: Evidence from City Boundaries." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Jan 2012.
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** Featured in NBER Digest (March, 2011)

"Racial Residential Segregation in American Cities." in Handbook of Urban Economics and Planning, eds. Nancy Brooks, Kieran Donaghy and Gerrit Knaap. Oxford University Press, 2011.
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**Featured in Dallas Morning News (January 25, 2015)

"The Effect of Internal Migration on Local Labor Markets: American Cities During the Great Depression," with Price Fishback and Shawn Kantor. Journal of Labor Economics, Oct 2010.
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"Was Postwar Suburbanization 'White Flight'? Evidence from the Black Migration." Quarterly Journal of Economics, Feb 2010.
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"Job Decentralization and Residential Location," with Robert A. Margo. Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs, 2009.
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"Competition in the Promised Land: Black Migration and Racial Wage Convergence in the North, 1940-1970." Journal of Economic History. Sept 2009: 756-783.
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**Featured in Bloomberg View (April 9, 2014)
** Featured in Insitute for Research on Poverty podcast series

"Race, Segregation, and Postal Employment: New Evidence on Spatial Mismatch," with Robert A. Margo. Journal of Urban Economics. Jan 2009: 1-10.
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"Were Jews Political Refugees or Economic Migrants? Assessing the Persecution Theory of Jewish Emigration, 1881-1914". in The New Comparative Economic History: Essays in Honour of Jeffrey G. Williamson. (MIT Press, 2007)
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** Featured in The Huffington Post (February 25, 2010)

"Black Migration, White Flight: The Effect of Black Migration on Northern Cities and Labor Markets." Journal of Economic History. June 2007. (Dissertation summary).
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Works in progress

"The Causal Impact of Education on Economic Growth: Evidence from U.S.," with Philippe Aghion, Caroline Hoxby and Jerome Vandenbussche. March 2009.
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Public Lectures

"Black Migration and the Transformation of American Cities in the 20th Century," Dartmouth College, October 19, 2010.
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Selected Reviews

"Sharing the Prize: The Economics of the Civil Rights Revolution in the American South," by Gavin Wright. EH.Net. August 2013.
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"Natural Experiments of History" (edited by Jared Diamond and James A. Robinson. Journal of Economic Literature. December 2010.
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