Jacob Vigdor is an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a professor of economics and public policy at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received a B.S. in policy analysis from Cornell University in 1994 and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1999.
His research interests are in the broad areas of education policy, immigration policy, housing policy, and political economy. Within those areas, he has published numerous scholarly articles on the topics of residential segregation, immigrant assimilation, housing affordability, the consequences of gentrification, the determinants of student achievement in elementary and secondary school, the causes and consequences of delinquent behavior among adolescents, teacher turnover, civic participation and voting patterns, and racial inequality in the labor market. These articles have been published in outlets such as The Journal of Political Economy, The Review of Economics and Statistics, The Journal of Public Economics, The Journal of Human Resources, and The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.
Vigdor has taught at Duke since 1999. His book on assimilation and immigration policy, From Immigrants to Americans: The Rise and Fall of Fitting In, published by Rowman and Littlefield in the fall of 2009, received the 2009 IPUMS research award for the best analysis of historical Census data.
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- Mexican Immigration Wave Ended Years Ago, Washington Examiner, 04-18-13
- Manhattan Moment: Mexican immigration wave ended years ago, Washington Examiner, 04-15-13
- Why Your Block Is More Integrated, New York Daily News, 02-01-12
- Immigration: What the U.S. Does Right, Los Angeles Times, 06-06-11
- What Should Immigrants Do When They Get Here?, Washington Examiner, 10-07-10
- Choices to make on immigration policy, The Boston Globe, 05-19-10
- New York City and the Genius of Immigrant Assimilation, New York Daily News, 10-14-09