Jeffrey Lin

Jeffrey Lin

Economic advisor and economist
Research Department
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

(215) 574-3441
jeff.lin (at)
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Curriculum Vitae (May 8, 2017)

Recent updates

System Applied Micro conference (18-19 May 2017)

Data to crosswalk historical U.S. census tract data to 2010 boundaries (8 May 2017)

"Natural Amenities, Neighborhood Dynamics, and Persistence in the Spatial Distribution of Income," forthcoming at Review of Economic Studies (27 March 2017)

Working papers

Freeway Revolts! with Jeffrey Brinkman
(Draft coming soon)

The Paper Trail of Knowledge Spillovers: Evidence from Patent Interferences with Ina Ganguli and Nicholas Reynolds 
May 2015 (new version coming soon)
Poster presented at the 2014 NBER SI Innovation session

Regional Resilience 
December 2012
Media coverage by Dallas Morning News


Natural Amenities, Neighborhood Dynamics, and Persistence in the Spatial Distribution of Income with Sanghoon Lee
Review of Economic Studies, 2017.
Working paper from January 2017. Appendix and replication data in a zip file. Data and advice for how to normalize historical census tract and enumeration district data to 2010 U.S. census tract boundaries. Media coverage by Chicago magazine

What Have We Learned About the Causes of Recent Gentrification? with Jackelyn Hwang
Cityscape 18 (3) (November 2016): 9-26.
Correction to Exhibit 2. Slides presented at the 2016 Research Symposium on Gentrification and Neighborhood Change. Media coverage by the Washington Post

History and the Sizes of Cities  with Hoyt Bleakley
American Economic Review, Papers & Proceedings105 (5) (May 2015): 558-563.
Working paper from January 2015. 

Thick Markets and Churning in the Labor Market: Evidence from U.S. Cities with Hoyt Bleakley
Journal of Urban Economics, 72 (2-3) (September-November 2012): 87-103.
Working paper from October 2007. 

Portage and Path Dependence with Hoyt Bleakley
Quarterly Journal of Economics, 127 (2) (2012): 587-644.
Working paper from September 2011. Co-Winner of IPUMS Research Award 2012 for Best Published Article Using IPUMS-USA Data. Media coverage by Business Insider

Technological Adaptation, Cities, and New Work
Review of Economics and Statistics, 93 (2) (May 2011): 554-574.
Working paper from July 2009. Replication data and data on new occupational classifications. 

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

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

Other writing

Non-technical articles written for general audiences

The Puzzling Persistence of Place
Business Review 2015 Q2: 1-8. 

I explore the remarkable persistence of urban development patterns over decades, centuries, or even millennia. Is such extreme persistence desirable? What does it imply about today's "place-making" policies?

The Paper Trail of Knowledge Transfers
Business Review 2014 Q2: 1-6

Why do firms tend to locate near other firms? Economists suspect that geographic clustering spurs innovation by letting businesses tap a climate rich in informal transfers of knowledge. By tracing links between inventors filing for patents for the same inventions, I review new evidence supporting the idea that proximity offers businesses tangible benefits.

Geography, History, Economies of Density, and the Location of Cities
Business Review 2012 Q3: 18-24.

What determines the location of cities? I review evidence on the roles of natural amenities, history dependence, and economies of density in explaining the the location and sizes of cities.

Urban Productivity Advantages from Job Search and Matching
Business Review 2011 Q1: 9-16

Why do workers earn higher wages in big cities? One intriguing hypothesis is that agglomeration economies from job search and matching contribute to higher productivity in densely populated areas. I describe recent evidence and ask whether advantages from job search and matching are large enough to offer meaningful explanations for differences in productivity across cities.

Data and code

Data for "normalizing" historical census data to 2010 census tract boundaries, from "Natural Amenities, Neighborhood Dynamics, and Persistence in the Spatial Distribution of Income" (2017), Review of Economic Studies.

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. From "Technological Adaptation, Cities, and New Work" (2011), Review of Economics and Statistics 93 (2): 554-574.

Last updated May 8, 2017

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The views expressed here are my own and do not necessarily represent the views of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia or the Federal Reserve System.