Research Projects

Below are abstracts, papers and slides for my various research projects. This page is not updated as frequently as it should be, so there are likely more recent versions of working papers available. If you are curious about the state of a current paper, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

Published Papers

The National Rise in Residential Segregation (with Trevon Logan), forthcoming, Journal of Economic History

        Abstract (click to expand or collapse)         Paper    Slides    Additional tables    VoxEU Column

        A few maps of American segregation patterns (click to expand or collapse)

Childhood Health and Sibling Outcomes: Nurture Reinforcing Nature During the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, 2015, Explorations in Economic History, 58 (October) 22-43.

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The Mortality Consequences of Distinctively Black Names (with Lisa Cook and Trevon Logan), 2016, Explorations in Economic History , 59 (January) 114-125.

        Abstract (click to expand or collapse)         Paper    Slides    VoxEU Column

Childhood Health and Educational Attainment: Evidence from Genetic Brothers in Arms, 2014, Journal of Economic History , 75(1) 30-64.

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        A few maps and graphs of height and educational attainment in the 1940s (click to expand or collapse)

Distinctively Black Names in the American Past (with Lisa Cook and Trevon Logan), 2014, Explorations in Economic History , 53 (June) 64-82.

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Good Schools Make Good Neighbors: Human Capital Spillovers in Early-20th Century Agriculture, 2012, Explorations in Economic History , 49(3) 316-334.

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        A few farm-level maps of earnings, education, religion and nativity (click to expand or collapse)

American Mobility and the Expansion of Public Education, 2011, Journal of Economic History , 71(1) 105-132.

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Working Papers

Health, Gender and Mobility: Intergenerational Correlations in Longevity Over Time

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Adoption and Adult Outcomes in the Early 20th Century (with Chiaki Moriguchi)

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Segregation and Southern Lynching (with Lisa Cook and Trevon Logan)

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Race, Socioeconomic Status, and Mortality in the 20th Century: Evidence from the Carolinas (with Trevon Logan)

        Abstract (click to expand or collapse)         Paper (external link)

Other Publications

Education, chapter for the Oxford Handbook of American Economic History , forthcoming.

Black Names: Past, Present and Future (with Lisa Cook and Trevon Logan), 2015, VoxEU.

The Rise of Residential Segregation (with Trevon Logan), 2015, VoxEU.

Review of The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality, 2014, EH.net.

Review essay of Economic Evolution and Revolution in Historical Time, 2012, Business History Review, 86(2) 351-356.

The Private and Public Effects of School Reform, 2009, Summaries of Doctoral Dissertations, Journal of Economic History, 69(2) 550-554.

Press Related to my Research

Marginal Revolution

NPR's Code Switch

Washington Post's Wonkblog

Another from Washington Post's Wonkblog

Chicago Magazine

Vox

NBER Digest