Rebecca Lessem

Published papers

Immigrant Wage Growth in the United States: The Role of Occupational Upgrading (with Carl Sanders), International Economic Review, 2019, accepted

Immigrant Wages and Recessions: Evidence from Undocumented Mexicans (with Kayuna Nakajima), European Economic Review, 2019, 114: 92-115.

Mexico-U.S. Immigration: Effects of Wages and Border Enforcement, Review of Economic Studies, 2018, 85 (4), 2353-2388

Local Economic Growth from Primary Election Spending (with Carly Urban), Economic Journal, 2016, 126 (597): 2147-2172.

The Political Orientation of Newspaper Endorsements in U.S. Elections, 1940-2002 (with Stephen Ansolabehere and James Snyder), Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 2006, 1 (4): 393-404.

Work in progress

Do house prices affect campaign contributions?", 2019, with Carly Urban

"The effects of family instability on children", 2019, with Carl Sanders"

"Skill specialization and economic success: networks and human capital in short term labor markets", with Kate Anderson [draft coming soon]

"The effect of increased work visas on unauthorized migration", with Brian Kovak

"Networks in job search and matching", with Robert Miller

"Dynamics of firm location decisions", with Paul Grieco, John Morrow, and Yuya Takahashi

"Migrant network diversity and spatial mobility", with Brian Cadena, Brian Kovak, and Shan Li


Course materials posted on Canvas

Fall 2018


Assistant Professor of Economics
Tepper School of Business
Carnegie Mellon University
rlessem (at)
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