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

"Zoning and the Economic Geography of Cities," with Tate Twinam and Randall P. Walsh. NBER Working Paper 22658, September 2016. (Download)
** Featured in the Houston Chronicle (September 19th, 2016) and CityLab (September 23rd, 2016)

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

"Migration Responses to Conflict: Evidence from the Border of the American Civil War," with Shari Eli and Laura Salisbury. NBER Working Paper 22591, September 2016. Revision requested at Journal of Economic History. (Download)

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

"Race, Ethnicity, and Discriminatory Zoning," with Tate Twinam and Randall P. Walsh. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 8.13 (2016): 217-246. (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)
** Featured in Newsweek (October 29th, 2010)

Work in Progress

"The Relationship between Schooling Inputs and Student Outcomes in Early Twentieth Century America," with Ethan Schmick.