Rebecca Lessem

Published and Forthcoming papers

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.

Working papers

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

Immigrant Wage Assimilation in the United States: The Role of Occupational Upgrading, 2017, with Carl Sanders, Revision requested

Immigrant Wages and Recessions: Evidence from Undocumented Mexicans, 2017, with Kayuna Nakajima, under review

Work in progress

"Returns to human capital, within and across countries", with Rafael de Hoyos and John Kennan

"Falling down and getting back up: Human capital and unemployment duration" with Shu Lin Wee

"Skill specialization and economic success: networks and human capital in short term labor markets" with Kate Anderson


Course materials posted on Blackboard

Spring 2017


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