Rebecca Lessem

Published and Forthcoming papers

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

Local Economic Growth from Primary Election Spending, with Carly Urban, 2015, Forthcoming, Economic Journal

Working papers

Mexico-U.S. Immigration: Effects of Wages and Border Enforcement, 2015, Revise and resubmit (second round), Review of Economic Studies

Immigrant Wage Assimilation in the United States: The Role of Occupational Upgrading, 2014, with Carl Sanders

Immigrant Wages and Recessions: Evidence from Undocumented Mexicans, 2016, with Kayuna Nakajima, under review

Work in progress

"Returns to Human Capital Investment, within and across Countries" with Rafael de Hoyos and John Kennan.

"Dynamics of Firm Location Decisions" with Joachim Groeger, John Morrow, and Yuya Takahashi.

"Skill Specialization and Economic Success: Networks and Human Capital in Short-term Labor Markets", with Kate Anderson.


Course materials posted on Blackboard

Spring 2016


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