Jacob L. Vigdor
  • Jacob L. Vigdor

  • Professor of Public Policy and Economics
  • Economics
  • 176 Rubenstein Hall
  • Campus Box 90312
  • Phone: (919) 613-9226
  • Fax: (919) 681-8288
  • Homepage
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Specialties

    • Economics of Education
    • Public Economics
  • Research Description

    Educational achievement; teacher labor markets; racial inequality; residential segregation; housing affordability; political economy; college admissions policies; immigration and migration
  • Education

      • PhD in Economics,
      • Economics,
      • Harvard University,
      • 1999
      • BS with Distinction in Policy Analysis,
      • Cornell University,
      • 1994
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • William T. Grant Foundation Scholar,
      • William T. Grant Foundation,
      • 2004-2009
      • Biographical Listing,
      • Who's Who in the Social Sciences Higher Education,
      • May 2006
      • Biographical Listing,
      • Who's Who in America, 58th Edition,
      • 2004 and subsequent editions
      • Vernon prize for best article,
      • Journal of Policy Analysis and Management,
      • 2004
      • Nominee, Duke Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award,
      • 2000-2001
      • Fellow,
      • Earle A. Chiles Foundation,
      • 1998-1999
      • Fellow,
      • John M. Olin Foundation,
      • 1997-1998
      • Graduate Research Fellow,
      • National Science Foundation,
      • 1994-1997
      • Merrill Presidential Scholar,
      • Cornell University,
      • 1994
  • Selected Publications

      • J.L. Vigdor.
      • (December, 2009).
      • From Immigrants to Americans: The Rise and Fall of Fitting In.
      Publication Description

      This book evaluates the assimilation of immigrants in the United States between 1850 and 2007, placing contemporary immigrants in historical perspective. It finds that on average, the path toward the American mainstream is traveled more rapidly by modern immigrants than it was by their predecessors a century ago. The average does not tell the whole story, however. Some contemporary groups exhibit extraordinary rates of naturalization and economic progress, while others lag behind to an extent never before witnessed. The lack of legal status is a major impediment to assimilation for many of these groups.

      "Jacob Vigdor's From Immigrants to Americans is a lucid analysis of a central and enduring issue in our society. No other recent study of this subject matches it in economic sophistication and historical depth. It is enriched by an abundant supply of graphs and tables, allowing readers to assess for themselves the evidence upon which the author's interpretations rest."—Stephan Thernstrom, Winthrop Research Professor of History, Harvard "Jacob Vigdor has written a must-read book on immigrant assimilation. The book examines a wide range of issues relating to the assimilation experience. It is sure to become a standard reference in this increasingly important social policy issue."—Geroge Borjas, Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School Winner, 2010 IPUMS Research Award

      • C.T. Clotfelter, H.F. Ladd, J.L. Vigdor.
      • (September, 2012).
      • New Destinations, New Trajectories? The Educational Attainment and Persistence of Hispanic Youth in North Carolina..
      • Child Development
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      • 1608-1622.
      • P.S. Arcidiacono, S. Khan, J.L. Vigdor.
      • (February, 2011).
      • Representation versus Assimilation: How do Preferences in College Admissions Affect Social Interactions?.
      • Journal of Public Economics
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      • (1-2)
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      • 1-15.
      • C.T. Clotfelter, H.F. Ladd, and J.L. Vigdor.
      • (May, 2009).
      • The Academic Achievement Gap in Grades 3 through 8.
      • Review of Economics and Statistics
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      • 91
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      • 398-419.
      • Cook, P., R. MacCoun, C. Muschkin and J.L. Vigdor.
      • (Winter, 2008).
      • The Negative Impacts of Starting Middle School in Sixth Grade.
      • Journal of Policy Analysis and Management
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      • 104-121.
      • Cutler, D.M., E.L. Glaeser, and J.L. Vigdor.
      • (August, 2008).
      • Is the Melting Pot Still Hot? Explaining the Resurgence of Immigrant Segregation.
      • Review of Economics and Statistics
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      • J.L. Vigdor.
      • (December, 2007).
      • The Katrina Effect: Was There a Bright Side to the Evacuation of Greater New Orleans?.
      • The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy
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      • Advances
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      • J.L. Vigdor.
      • (February, 2004).
      • Community Composition and Collective Action: Analyzing Initial Mail Response to the 2000 Census.
      • Review of Economics and Statistics
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      • 303-312.
      • J.L. Vigdor.
      • (2002).
      • Locations, Outcomes, and Selective Migration.
      • Review of Economics and Statistics
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      • 84
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      • 751-755.
      • Cutler, D.M, E.L. Glaeser and J.L. Vigdor.
      • (1999).
      • The Rise and Decline of the American Ghetto.
      • Journal of Political Economy
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      • 107
      • (3)
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      • 455-506.
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  • PhD Students

    • John B. Holbein
    • Weiwei Hu
      • 2012 - present
    • Sandra N. McCourt
    • Weiwei Hu
      • 2009 - present
      • Economics
    • Alvin Murphy
      • 2008
      • Economics
    • Omari Swinton
      • 2007
      • Economics
    • Jane Cooley
      • 2006
      • Economics
    • Natalie Goodpaster
      • 2006
      • Economics
    • Shauna Saunders
      • 2005
      • Economics; degree awarded posthumously
    • Cathleen McHugh
      • 2005
      • Economics
    • Jingshu Wang
      • 2005
      • Economics
    • Dan Hungerman
      • 2005
      • (Chair) Economics
    • Thomas Ahn
      • 2003
      • economics
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