Allison Shertzer

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Pittsburgh

Portrait of Allison Shertzer

Office: Posvar 4510
Phone: 412-648-7071
Curriculum Vitae

Employment and Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Pittsburgh, August 2011 - present
  • Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research, May 2012 - present


  • Ph.D. Economics, UCLA, June 2011
  • M.A. Economics, UCLA, December 2007
  • B.S. Industrial Engineering, B.A. Mathematics, Arizona State University, summa cum laude, May 2006

Research Papers

"Racial Sorting and the Emergence of Segregation in American Cities," with Randall P. Walsh. NBER Working Paper 22077, March 2016. (Download)
** Featured in the Washington Post (March 17th, 2016), CityLab (March 18th, 2016), and VoxEU (May 19th, 2016)

"Immigrant Group Size and Political Mobilization: Evidence from European Migration to the United States." NBER Working Paper 18827, April 2015. Forthcoming at Journal of Public Economics. (Download)

"Race, Ethnicity, and Discriminatory Zoning," with Tate Twinam and Randall P. Walsh. Forthcoming at American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. (Download)

"Segregation and Neighborhood Change in Northern Cities: New Historical GIS Data from 1900 to 1930," with John R. Logan and Randall P. Walsh. Accepted at Historical Methods. (Download)

"Creating the Black Ghetto: Black Residential Patterns Before and During the Great Migration," with John R. Logan, Weiwei Zhang, and Richard Turner. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 660.1 (2015): 18-35. (Published Paper) (Abstract)

"Did the Americanization Movement Succeed? An Evaluation of the Effect of English-Only and Compulsory Schooling Laws on Immigrants," with Adriana Lleras-Muney. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. 7.3 (2015): 258-290. (Download)

"Immigration and Cities in the Twentieth Century." Journal of Economic History 73.2 (2013): 552-555. (Download)

"Population Trends as a Counterweight to Central City Decline," with Leah Platt Boustan, Demography 50.1 (2013): 125-147. (Download)

Work in Progress

"Zoning and the Economic Geography of Cities," with Tate Twinam and Randall P. Walsh.

"The Long-term Effects of Losing the Civil War: Evidence from Border States," with Shari Eli and Laura Salisbury.

"The Impact of Anti-Immigrant Sentiment on Public Education: Evidence from American Cities during the Great War," with Ethan Schmick. (Preliminary Draft)