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I am an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (disclaimer). I am also co-executive director of the Philadelphia Federal Statistical Research Data Center and co-editor of Regional Science and Urban Economics. I study cities, regions, and growth.
Curriculum Vitae (July 2020)
Phone: (215) 574-3441
E-mail: jeff.lin (at) phil.frb.org
Call for papers for the Twelfth Annual Conference on Urban and Regional Economics, online December 10-12, 2020. Application deadline is October 2, 2020. 23 July 2020
Jeff Brinkman and I published a short summary of our working paper Freeway Revolts! The Quality of Life Effects of Highways in Cityscape, "Early Interstate Policy and Its Effects on Central Cities" 14 July 2020
My article with Ina Ganguli and Nick Reynolds, "The Paper Trail of Knowledge Spillovers: Evidence from Patent Interferences," was published in American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. 10 April 2020
I posted a new version of my working paper Freeway Revolts! The Quality of Life Effects of Highways. 10 April 2020
I've recently posted two new working papers: The Well-Being of Nations: Estimating Welfare from International Migration and Freeway Revolts!. 03 September 2019
The Well-Being of Nations: Estimating Welfare from International Migration
with Sanghoon Lee and Seung Hoon Lee
FRBP WP 19-33
Slides from October 2019.
Freeway Revolts! The Quality of Life Effects of Highways
with Jeffrey Brinkman
Slides from November 2019
Previous version: FRBP WP 19-29 from July 2019
Media coverage by Citylab and WHYY.
Media coverage by Dallas Morning News
Population Density and Local Food Market Channels with Jeffrey K. O'Hara
Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, forthcoming.
The Paper Trail of Knowledge Spillovers: Evidence from Patent Interferences
with Ina Ganguli and Nicholas Reynolds
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 12:2 (April 2020), 278-302.
Working paper from September 2019. Slides from June 2019.
Natural Amenities, Neighborhood Dynamics, and Persistence in the Spatial Distribution of Income with Sanghoon Lee
Review of Economic Studies 85:1 (January 2018), 663-694.
Reprinted in Recent Developments in the Economics of Housing, Y. Ioannides, ed., Edward Elgar Publishing (2019).
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.
Thick-Market Effects 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. Reprinted in The Economics of Agglomeration, W. Strange, ed., Edward Elgar Publishing (2019).
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.
Reprinted in The Economics of Agglomeration, W. Strange, ed., Edward Elgar Publishing (2019).
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.
Hathi Trust version.
Summary pieces, invited articles, and conference proceedings
Early Interstate Policy and Its Effects on Central Cities with Jeffrey Brinkman
Cityscape 22:2 (2020), 81-86.
Understanding Gentrification’s Causes: What do three centuries of Philadelphia history tell us about today’s changing neighborhoods?
Economic Insights 2:3 (2017), 9-17.
Media coverage by PlanPhilly.
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 & Proceedings, 105:5 (May 2015), 558-563.
Working paper from January 2015.
The Puzzling Persistence of Place
Business Review 2015 Q2: 1-8.
The Paper Trail of Knowledge Transfers
Business Review 2014 Q2: 1-6
Geography, History, Economies of Density, and the Location of Cities
Business Review 2012 Q3: 18-24.
Urban Productivity Advantages from Job Search and Matching
Business Review 2011 Q1: 9-16
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" (2018), 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.
Some collected advice
Masayuki Kudamatsu's tips for economists.
Don Davis on how to find the right topic.
Melissa Dell's GIS advice for economists.
Gentzkow and Shapiro on code and data practices.
Keith Head's Introduction "Formula" and more advice.
Mensh and Kording's ten simple rules for structuring papers.
Jesse Shapiro on how to give an applied micro talk and four steps to an applied micro paper.
Berk, Harvey and Hirschleifer on how to write an effective referee report.
Claus Wilke on how to prepare an article for resubmission.
Last updated July 23, 2020
Home URL: http://jlin.org/
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