Working Papers

“Immigration and the Pursuit of Amenities” with David Albouy and Heepyung Cho, Submitted


Immigrants to the United States live disproportionately in metropolitan areas where nominal wages are high, but real wages are low. This sorting behavior may be due to differing preferences over certain quality-of-life amenities. Relative to U.S.-born inter-state migrants, immigrants accept lower real wages to locate in cities that are coastal, larger, and offer deeper immigrant networks. They sort towards cities that are hillier and also larger and networked. Immigrants come more from coastal, cloudy, and safer countries - conditional on income and distance. They choose cities that resemble their origin in terms of winter temperature, safety, and coastal proximity.

“Racial Wage Gap and Immigration”, sole-authored


This paper provides estimates the impact of immigration on wages of of black and white native men in the US. Labor force participation rates vary dramatically across races. I show that since standard mean regression allows to include observations with positive wages only, it provides a misleading picture of the actual racial differences in earnings. Using quantile regression, I demonstrate that immigration contributes to an increase in racial wage inequality: the impact on median wages of white men is moderately positive, while the impact on wages of black men is negative and larger in magnitude.

Work in Progress:

“Abandoned Wells and Housing Market in Pennsylvania”, sole-authored

Working paper coming soon!