I have been a Lecturer (~US Assistant Professor) at The Australian National University since February 2015. My research interests are in labor economics and economic history.

Recent projects have focused on the assimilation of immigrants in the 19th and early 20th century United States. Research in this area has been reinvigorated with the mass digitization of historical census files by the fine folks at IPUMS.

You can contact me at: Zach.A.Ward (at) gmail.com

  1. Birds of Passage: Return Migration, Self-Selection and Immigration Quotas, September 2016, forthcoming at Explorations in Economic History
  2. The Circular Flow: Return Migration from the United States in the Early 1900s, The Journal of Economic HistoryJune 2016, 76(2), pp. 609-612. [dissertation summary]
  3. Immigration Quotas, World War I, and Emigrant Flows from the United States in the Early 20th Century (with Michael J. Greenwood), Explorations in Economic History, 55(1), pp. 76-96, January 2015
  4. Who Crossed the Border?  Self-Selection of Mexican Migrants in the Early 20th Century (with Edward Kosack), The Journal of Economic History, 74(4), pp. 1015-1044, December 2014 Online appendix

Working Papers

  1. The Role of English Fluency in Migrant Assimilation: Evidence from United States History, February 2017 [updated from prior working paper]
  2. The Not-So-Hot Melting Pot: The Persistence of Outcomes for Descendants of the Age of Mass Migration, February 2017
  3. There and Back (and Back) Again: Repeat Migration to the United States, 1897-1936, March 2016