Leah Boustan

Position
Professor of Economics
Role
Faculty associate of the Industrial Relations Section
Office
255 Louis A. Simpson International Building
Degrees

Ph.D. Economics
Harvard University, 2006

Advisee(s):
Bio/Description

Leah P. Boustan is a Professor of Economics at Princeton University, where she is also a faculty associate of the Industrial Relations Section. Her research lies at the intersection between economic history and labor economics. Her book, Competition in the Promised Land: Black Migrants in Northern Cities and Labor Markets (Princeton University Press, 2016) examines the effect of the Great Black Migration from the rural south during and after World War II. Her recent work has been on the mass migration from Europe to the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 

Professor Boustan is co-director of the Development of the American Economy Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She also serves as co-editor at the Journal of Urban Economics and on the editorial board of the American Economic Review and the Journal of Economic Perspectives. Professor Boustan was named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in 2012 and was a Research Fellow at the Straus Institute at the NYU School of Law in 2013.

Selected Publications

Abramitzky, R., Boustan, L. P., & Connor, D. (2020). Leaving the enclave: Historical evidence on immigrant mobility from the industrial removal office
( No. 27372).National Bureau of Economic Research

Abramitzky, R., Boustan, L., & Eriksson, K. (2020). Do immigrants assimilate more slowly today than in the past? American Economic Review: Insights, 2(1), 125

Abramitzky, R., Boustan, L., Eriksson, K., & Hao, S. (2020). Discrimination and the returns to cultural assimilation in the age of mass migration. American Economic Association Papers and Proceedings, 110, 340

Boustan, L. P., Kahn, M. E., Rhode, P. W., & Yanguas, M. L. (2020). The effect of natural disasters on economic activity in US counties: A century of data. Journal of Urban Economics, 1118 

Abramitzky, R., Ager, P., Boustan, L. P., Cohen, E., & Hansen, C. W. (2019). The effects of immigration on the economy: Lessons from the 1920s border closure 
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 ( No. 26536).National Bureau of Economic Research

Abramitzky, R., Boustan, L. P., & Eriksson, K. (2019). Replication data for: Europe's tired, poor, huddled masses: Self-selection and economic outcomes in the age of mass migration. Openicp

Abramitzky, R., Boustan, L. P., Eriksson, K., Feigenbaum, J. J., & Pérez, S. (2019). Automated linking of historical data 
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 ( No. 25825).National Bureau of Economic Research

Abramitzky, R., Boustan, L. P., Jácome, E., & Pérez, S. (2019). Intergenerational mobility of immigrants in the US over two centuries
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 ( No. 26408).National Bureau of Economic Research

Abramitzky, R., Boustan, L., & Eriksson, K. (2019). To the new world and back again: Return migrants in the age of mass migration. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 72(2), 300

Ager, P., Boustan, L. P., & Eriksson, K. (2019). The intergenerational effects of a large wealth shock: White southerners after the civil war 
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 ( No. 25700).National Bureau of Economic Research

Boustan, L. P. (2019). Replication data for: School desegregation and urban change: Evidence from city boundaries. Openicpsr
 

Boustan, L. P., Margo, R. A., Miller, M. M., Reeves, J. M., & Steil, J. P. (2019). Does condominium development lead to gentrification?
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 ( No. 26170).National Bureau of Economic Research