Allison Shertzer

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Pittsburgh

Office: Posvar 4509
Phone: 412-648-7071
Curriculum Vitae

Portrait of Allison Shertzer

Employment and Affiliations

  • Associate Professor of Economics, University of Pittsburgh, September 2019 - present
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, October 2019 - present


  • Ph.D. Economics, UCLA, June 2011
  • M.A. Economics, UCLA, December 2007
  • B.S. Industrial Engineering, B.A. Mathematics, Arizona State University, summa cum laude, May 2006

Research Papers

"Race, Risk, and the Emergence of Federal Redlining," with Price Fishback, Jessica LaVoice, and Randall P. Walsh. NBER Working Paper 28146, November 2020. (Download)

"The Impact of Early Investments in Urban School Systems in the United States," with Ethan Schmick. NBER Working Paper 25663, March 2020. (Download)

"Racial Segregation in Housing Markets and the Erosion of Black Wealth," with Prottoy A. Akbar, Sijie Li, and Randall P. Walsh. NBER Working Paper 25805, January 2020. (Download)
** Featured in VoxEU (August 31st, 2019)

"Racial Sorting and the Emergence of Segregation in American Cities," with Randall P. Walsh. Review of Economics and Statistics 101.3 (2019): 1-14. (Complete version: Download)
** Featured in the Economist (June 11th, 2020), Washington Post (March 17th, 2016), CityLab (March 18th, 2016), and VoxEU (May 19th, 2016)

"Ideology and Migration after the American Civil War," with Shari Eli and Laura Salisbury. Journal of Economic History 78.3 (2018): 822-861. (Download)

"Zoning and the Economic Geography of Cities," with Tate Twinam and Randall P. Walsh. Journal of Urban Economics 105 (2018): 20-39. (Download)
** Featured in the Houston Chronicle (September 19th, 2016) and CityLab (September 23rd, 2016)

"Segregation and Neighborhood Change in Northern Cities: New Historical GIS Data from 1900 to 1930," with John R. Logan and Randall P. Walsh. Historical Methods 49.4 (2016): 187-197. (Download)

"Immigrant Group Size and Political Mobilization: Evidence from European Migration to the United States." Journal of Public Economics 139 (2016): 1-12. (Complete version: Download) (Published version: Download)

"Race, Ethnicity, and Discriminatory Zoning," with Tate Twinam and Randall P. Walsh. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 8.13 (2016): 217-246. (Download) (Appendix)

"Creating the Black Ghetto: Black Residential Patterns Before and During the Great Migration," with John R. Logan, Weiwei Zhang, and Richard Turner. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 660.1 (2015): 18-35. (Download)

"Did the Americanization Movement Succeed? An Evaluation of the Effect of English-Only and Compulsory Schooling Laws on Immigrants," with Adriana Lleras-Muney. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. 7.3 (2015): 258-290. (Download)

"Population Trends as a Counterweight to Central City Decline," with Leah Platt Boustan, Demography 50.1 (2013): 125-147. (Download)
** Featured in Newsweek (October 29th, 2010)

Works in Progress

"The Value of Sewers: Evidence from 19th Century Chicago," with Michael Coury and Matthew Turner.

"Zoning and Segregation in Urban Economic History," with Tate Twinam and Randall P. Walsh. In preparation for Regional Science and Urban Economics.

"The Causes and Consequences of Exclusionary Zoning: Evidence from Postwar Suburbia," with Ryan Gallagher and Tate Twinam.

"Housing Prices and the Standard of Living in the United States since the Civil War," with Ronan C. Lyons and Rowena Gray.

"Public Transportation and the Rise of the Segregated Metropolis in the United States," with Prottoy A. Akbar and Randall P. Walsh.

Non-Refereed Publications

"Review of Roaring Metropolis: Businessmen's Campaign for a Civic Welfare State by Daniel Amsterdam." Journal of Economic History 77.4 (2017): 1239-1241. (Download)

"A Review Essay on Howard Bodenhorn's The Color Factor: The Economics of African-American Well-Being in the Nineteenth Century South." Journal of Economic Literature 56.1 (2018): 206-216. (Download)

"Immigration and Cities in the Twentieth Century." Journal of Economic History 73.2 (2013): 552-555. (Dissertation summary). (Download)