Allison Shertzer

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Pittsburgh

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

Portrait of Allison Shertzer

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, November 2016. Accepted at Review of Economics and Statistics. (Download)
** Featured in the Washington Post (March 17th, 2016), CityLab (March 18th, 2016), and VoxEU (May 19th, 2016)

"Ideology and Migration after the American Civil War," with Shari Eli and Laura Salisbury. Journal of Economic History 78.3 (2018): 822-861. (Download)

"Zoning and the Economic Geography of Cities," with Tate Twinam and Randall P. Walsh. Journal of Urban Economics 105 (2018): 20-39. (Download)
** Featured in the Houston Chronicle (September 19th, 2016) and CityLab (September 23rd, 2016)

"Segregation and Neighborhood Change in Northern Cities: New Historical GIS Data from 1900 to 1930," with John R. Logan and Randall P. Walsh. Historical Methods 49.4 (2016): 187-197. (Download)

"Immigrant Group Size and Political Mobilization: Evidence from European Migration to the United States." Journal of Public Economics 139 (2016): 1-12 (lead article). (Complete version: Download) (Published version: Download)

"Race, Ethnicity, and Discriminatory Zoning," with Tate Twinam and Randall P. Walsh. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 8.13 (2016): 217-246. (Download) (Appendix)

"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. (Download)

"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)

"Population Trends as a Counterweight to Central City Decline," with Leah Platt Boustan, Demography 50.1 (2013): 125-147. (Download)
** Featured in Newsweek (October 29th, 2010)

Non-Refereed Publications

"Review of Roaring Metropolis: Businessmen's Campaign for a Civic Welfare State by Daniel Amsterdam." Journal of Economic History 77.4 (2017): 1239-1241. (Download)

"A Review Essay on Howard Bodenhorn's The Color Factor: The Economics of African-American Well-Being in the Nineteenth Century South." Journal of Economic Literature 56.1 (2018): 206-216. (Download)

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

Work in Progress

"The Impact of Early Investments in Urban School Systems in the United States," with Ethan Schmick.

"Racial Segregation in Housing Markets and the Erosion of Black Wealth," with Prottoy Akbar, Sijie Li, and Randall P. Walsh.