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PhD in Economics, Harvard University, 1999
BS with Distinction in Policy Analysis, Cornell University, 1994
Research Description: Educational achievement; teacher labor markets; racial inequality; residential segregation; housing affordability; political economy; college admissions policies; immigration and migration
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Jacob Vigdor is a professor of public policy and economics at Duke University, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, adjunct rellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, and external fellow at the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration. He received a BS in policy analysis from Cornell University in 1994 and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1999.
His research interests are in the broad areas of education policy, housing policy, immigration policy and political economy. Within those areas, he has published numerous scholarly articles on the topics of residential segregation, immigrant assimilation, housing affordability, the consequences of gentrification, the determinants of student achievement in elementary and secondary school, the causes and consequences of delinquent behavior among adolescents, teacher turnover, civic participation and voting patterns, and racial inequality in the labor market. These articles have been published in outlets such as The Journal of Political Economy, The Review of Economics and Statistics, The Journal of Public Economics, The Journal of Human Resources, and The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.
His book on assimilation and immigration policy, From Immigrants to Americans: The Rise and Fall of Fitting In, published by Rowman and Littlefield, received the 2009 IPUMS research award for the best analysis of historical Census data.
Vigdor's scholarly activities have been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Spencer Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the William T. Grant Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation. Vigdor has taught at Duke since 1999.