Jeffrey Lin

Economic Advisor and Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Research Department
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
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Philadelphia, PA  19106-1574

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I am an economist in the Regional and Microeconomics Section of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's Research Department. This site contains information about my research.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf, July 21, 2015)

FRBP Seminar Series Schedule


Maps of neighborhood change in Dallas and Los Angeles, 1970-1980

Neighborhood change in Dallas & L.A.
 From "Natural Amenities, Neighborhood Dynamics,  and Persistence in the Spatial Distribution of Income" (Click to enlarge)

Recent published and working papers

"History and the Sizes of Cities" (2015) (with Hoyt Bleakley). American Economic Review Papers & Proceedings 105 (5): 558-563. (Previous version: FRBP WP 15-06.)

"The Puzzling Persistence of Place" (2015). Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Business Review Q2: 1-8. 

"The Paper Trail of Knowledge Flows: Evidence from Patent Interferences" (2015) (with Ina Ganguli and Nicholas Reynolds). Poster summarizing this work, presented at the 2014 NBER Summer Institute Innovation session

"Natural Amenities, Neighborhood Dynamics, and Persistence in the Spatial Distribution of Income" (2013) (with Sanghoon Lee).

"Regional Resilience" (2012).


Physical Divisions of the United States, showing fall line

Physical Divisions of the United States,
showing fall line on Eastern seaboard

From "Portage and Path Dependence"


Property value growth in
northwest Chicago, 1985–1991

From "Gentrification and Transit in Northwest Chicago"

Refereed journal articles

"Thick Markets and Churning in the Labor Market: Evidence from U.S. Cities" (2012) (with Hoyt Bleakley), Journal of Urban Economics, 72 (2-3): 87-103. (Previous version: FRBP WP 07-23.)

"Portage and Path Dependence" (2012) (with Hoyt Bleakley), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 127 (2): 587-644. (Previous versions: FRBP WP 11-38, NBER WP 16314, and FRBP WP 10-27.) Winner of "IPUMS Research Award 2012" for Best Published Article Using IPUMS-USA Data

"Technological Adaptation, Cities, and New Work" (2011), Review of Economics and Statistics 93 (2): 554-574. (Previous versions: FRBP WP 09-17 and FRBP WP 07-25.) Supplementary online materials and data.

"Precision, Bias, and Uncertainty for State Population Forecasts: An Exploratory Analysis of Time Series Models” (2007) (with Jeff Tayman and Stanley K. Smith), Population Research and Policy Review (26) 3: 347-369.

"Gentrification and Transit in Northwest Chicago" (2002), Journal of the Transportation Research Forum, in Transportation Quarterly, 56 (4): 175-191.


Other journal articles

"History and the Sizes of Cities" (2015) (with Hoyt Bleakley). American Economic Review Papers & Proceedings 105 (5): 558-563. (Previous version: FRBP WP 15-06.)


FRBP Business Review articles

Non-technical articles for general audiences

"The Puzzling Persistence of Place" (2015). Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Business Review Q2: 1-8. 

"The Paper Trail of Knowledge Transfers" (2014), Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Business Review Q2: 16

"Geography, History, Economies of Density, and the Location of Cities" (2012), Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Business Review Q3: 18-24.

"Urban Productivity Advantages from Job Search and Matching" (2011), Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Business Review Q1: 9-16


Data and code

Data on new occupation titles and codes ("new work") in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, 1964, 1977, 1991, and the US Census, 1980, 1990, and 2000. Used in "Technological Adaptation, Cities, and New Work" (2011), Review of Economics and Statistics 93 (2): 554-574.



Last updated July 21, 2015

Home URL: http://jlin.org/

The views expressed on this site and in my papers are my own and do not necessarily represent the views of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia or the Federal Reserve System.