Jacob L. Vigdor, Professor of Public Policy and Economics; Faculty Affiliate, Center for Child and Family Policy  

Office Location: 176 Rubenstein Hall
Office Phone: (919) 613-9226
Duke Box: 90312
Email Address: jacob.vigdor@duke.edu
Web Page: http://perfect-free.typepad.com
Note: (On leave, 2013-2014)

Areas of Expertise

  • Education
    • Accountability
    • Achievement
    • Education Finance
    • Racial/Ethnic Inequalities & Segregation
    • Teacher Labor Markets
  • Immigration and Migration
  • Urban Affairs
    • Housing Affordability
    • Property Taxation
    • Residential Segregation

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

Typical Courses Taught:

  • Pubpol 312, Statistics for policy makers
  • Pubpol 264s, Urban policy
  • Econ 330, Empirical public economics

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. J.L. Vigdor. From Immigrants to Americans: The Rise and Fall of Fitting In.  December, 2009.  [abs] [author's comments]
  2. C.T. Clotfelter, H.F. Ladd, J.L. Vigdor. "New Destinations, New Trajectories? The Educational Attainment and Persistence of Hispanic Youth in North Carolina.." Child Development 83.5 (September, 2012): 1608-1622.
  3. P.S. Arcidiacono, S. Khan, J.L. Vigdor. "Representation versus Assimilation: How do Preferences in College Admissions Affect Social Interactions?." Journal of Public Economics 95.1-2 (February, 2011): 1-15.
  4. C.T. Clotfelter, H.F. Ladd, and J.L. Vigdor. "The Academic Achievement Gap in Grades 3 through 8." Review of Economics and Statistics 91.2 (May, 2009): 398-419.
  5. Cook, P., R. MacCoun, C. Muschkin and J.L. Vigdor. "The Negative Impacts of Starting Middle School in Sixth Grade." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 27.1 (Winter, 2008): 104-121.
  6. Cutler, D.M., E.L. Glaeser, and J.L. Vigdor. "Is the Melting Pot Still Hot? Explaining the Resurgence of Immigrant Segregation." Review of Economics and Statistics 90.3 (August, 2008).
  7. J.L. Vigdor. "The Katrina Effect: Was There a Bright Side to the Evacuation of Greater New Orleans?." The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy Advances 7.64 (December, 2007).
  8. J.L. Vigdor. "Community Composition and Collective Action: Analyzing Initial Mail Response to the 2000 Census." Review of Economics and Statistics 86.1 (February, 2004): 303-312.
  9. J.L. Vigdor. "Locations, Outcomes, and Selective Migration." Review of Economics and Statistics 84.4 (November, 2002): 751-755.
  10. Cutler, D.M, E.L. Glaeser and J.L. Vigdor. "The Rise and Decline of the American Ghetto." Journal of Political Economy 107.3 (June, 1999): 455-506.

Curriculum Vitae

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.

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • John B. Holbein  
  • Weiwei Hu  
  • Sandra N. McCourt  
  • Weiwei Hu  
  • Alvin Murphy  
  • Omari Swinton  
  • Jane Cooley  
  • Natalie Goodpaster  
  • Shauna Saunders  
  • Cathleen McHugh  
  • Jingshu Wang  
  • Dan Hungerman  
  • Thomas Ahn  

Jacob L. Vigdor