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Research interests

My research areas are economic history and applied microeconomics. This research statement summarizes my work.

Book

The Mystery of the Kibbutz: How Socialism Succeeded, under contract with Princeton University Press

An article about my kibbutz project (Stanford Magazine, September 2012)

Non-technical earlier summary of my ongoing kibbutz project (SIEPR newsletter, 2009)

 

Work in progress

 

“Were Jews in Interwar Poland More Educated?” with Hanna Halaburda [current draft: February 2014]

 

“Immigration and Assimilation in American History,” with Leah Boustan, invited by Journal of Economic Literature

 

“The Importance of Migration in Economic History,” with Leah Boustan, invited by Annual Economic Review of Economics

 

“To the New World and Back Again: Return Migration and Upward Mobility,” with Leah Boustan and Katherine Eriksson

 

Published and accepted papers

“How Responsive is Investment in Schooling to Changes in Redistributive Policies and in Returns?,” with Victor Lavy, forthcoming

Econometrica [current draft: February 2014]

[online appendix]

Featured in Wall Street Journal (June 17, 2011), NBER Digest summary (November 2011)

 

“A Nation of Immigrants: Assimilation and Economic Outcomes in the Age of Mass Migration,” with Leah Boustan and Katherine Eriksson, forthcoming

Journal of Political Economy [current draft : August 2013]

[online appendix]

 

“Book Translations as Idea Flows: The Effects of the Collapse of Communism on the Diffusion of Knowledge,” with Isabelle Sin, forthcoming

Journal of European Economic Association [current draft: September 2013]

[appendix][online appendix]

 

Have the poor always been less likely to migrate? Evidence from inheritance practices during the Age of Mass Migration,” with Leah Boustan and Katherine Eriksson,

Journal of Development Economics, 102, 2-14, 2013

Featured in Stanford Daily (March 8, 2013), NBER Reporter (November 1, 2013)

 

“Europe’s Tired, Poor, Huddled Masses: Self-Selection and Economic Outcomes in the Age of Mass Migration,” with Leah Boustan and Katherine Eriksson,

American Economic Review, 102:5, 1832-1856, August 2012

[online appendix]

Featured in Vox (February 12, 2010)

 

“On the Optimality of Line Call Challenges in Professional Tennis,” with Liran Einav, Shimon Kolkowitz, and Roy Mill,

International Economic Review, 53:3, 939-964, August 2012

[data and programs]

 

“Marrying Up: the Role of Sex Ratio in Assortative Matching,” with Adeline Delavande and Luis Vasconcelos, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 3:3, 124-157, July 2011

Featured in Times (March 15, 2012)

 

“Lessons from the Kibbutz on the Equality-Incentives Trade-Off,

Journal of Economic Perspectives, 25:1, 185-208, Winter 2011

 

“On the (lack of) Stability of Communes: An Economic Perspective,”

Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Religion (Edited by Rachel McCleary), Oxford University Press, Chapter 9, 169-189, 2011

[online appendix]

 

“Risk, Incentives and Contracts: Partnerships in Rio De Janeiro, 1870-1891,” with Zephyr Frank and Aprajit Mahajan,

Journal of Economic History, 70:3, 686-715, September 2010

 

Is Hanukkah Responsive to Christmas? with Liran Einav and Oren Rigbi

Economic Journal, 120, 612-630, June 2010

Featured in the Washington Post (December 22, 2011), The Economist (December 17, 2011), Financial Times (December 17, 2010), The Jewish Journal (November 19, 2010), Slate Magazine (December 19, 2008), The Boston Globe (July 4, 2010), and the following blogs: Portfolio.com, Free Market Mojo, Bloghead (2010)

 

The Effect of Redistribution on Migration: Evidence from the Israeli Kibbutz

Journal of Public Economics, 93, 498-511, 2009

Previously circulated as “Testing Self-Selection in Migration: Evidence from the Israeli Kibbutz”.

 

The Limits of Equality: Insights from the Israeli Kibbutz

Quarterly Journal of Economics, 123:3, 1111-1159, August 2008

Featured in Forbes (May 9, 2008), and the following blogs: Plumer, DeLong

 

The Limits of Equality: an Economic Analysis of the Israeli Kibbutz

Journal of Economic History, 67(2), 495-499, 2007 [dissertation summary]

Comments by Carol Shiue, the convener of the Alexander Gerschenkron  Prize Panel, published in the same issue of the JEH, pp. 511-515

 

Migration and Human Capital: Self-Selection of Indentured Servants to the Americas with Fabio Braggion

Journal of Economic History, 66(4), 882-905, December 2006

Published short:

Malthusian and neo-Malthusian Theories”, with Fabio Braggion, The Oxford Encyclopedia of economic history, Oxford University Press, 2003: Vol 3, pp. 423-427

Lenin Vladimir Ilich”, The Oxford Encyclopedia of economic history, Oxford University Press, 2003: Vol 3, pp. 297-299

Du Pont Family”, The Oxford Encyclopedia of economic history, Oxford University Press, 2003: Vol 2, pp. 115-116

Kettering Charles”, The Oxford Encyclopedia of economic history, Oxford University Press, 2003: Vol 3, pp. 217-218

Lewis John L.”, The Oxford Encyclopedia of economic history, Oxford University Press, 2003: Vol 3, pp. 323-324

Vanderbilt Family”, The Oxford Encyclopedia of economic history, Oxford University Press, 2003: Vol 5: 187-188

Research

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