Jeffrey Lin

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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 (October 2019)
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Phone: (215) 574-3441
E-mail: jeff.lin (at)
Twitter: @jeffrlin

Recent updates

I've recently posted two new working papers: The Well-Being of Nations: Estimating Welfare from International Migration and Freeway Revolts!03 September 2019

I'm hosting the 14th North American Meeting of the Urban Economics Association in Philadelphia. The conference is October 11-12, 2019 and registration opens soon. 12 June 2019

My article with Ina Ganguli and Nick Reynolds, "The Paper Trail of Knowledge Spillovers: Evidence from Patent Interferences," is forthcoming at American Economic Journal: Applied Economics13 May 2019

My article with Jeff O'Hara, "Population Density and Local Food Market Channels," is forthcoming at Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy04 March 2019

The Conference on Urban and Regional Economics (CURE) program has been posted. 20 November 2018

I posted data on new occupational classifications at the title level used by Census 2000 and the Dictionary of Occupational Titles in 1991 and 1977. 19 July 2018

Working papers

The Well-Being of Nations: Estimating Welfare from International Migration
with Sanghoon Lee and Seung Hoon Lee
FRBP WP 19-33
August 2019
Slides from October 2019.

Freeway Revolts! The Quality of Life Effects of Highways 
with Jeffrey Brinkman
October 2019 
Slides from November 2019
Previous version: FRBP WP 19-29 from July 2019
Media coverage by Citylab and WHYY.

Regional Resilience  
December 2012
Media coverage by Dallas Morning News


The Paper Trail of Knowledge Spillovers: Evidence from Patent Interferences 
with Ina Ganguli and Nicholas Reynolds 
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, forthcoming.
Working paper from September 2019. Slides from June 2019. 

Population Density and Local Food Market Channels with Jeffrey K. O'Hara
Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, forthcoming.

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.
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-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.
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.
Hathi Trust.

Other writing

Non-technical articles written for general audiences

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.

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 November 7, 2019

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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.