Allison Shertzer

  • Associate Professor

I am an economic historian with interests related to race, ethnicity, and the development of American cities in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. One strain of my work seeks to understand the fundamental causes of racial segregation in northern American cities. Much of my current research aims to understand the evolution of urban housing prices over the twentieth century in a major projected funded by the National Science Foundation. Other work focuses the historical interaction of immigration and public goods provision, both in the context of education and in the establishment of independent jurisidictions in urban counties.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Representative Publications

"Racial Segregation in Housing Markets and the Erosion of Black Wealth," with Prottoy A. Akbar, Sijie Li, and Randall P. Walsh. NBER Working Paper 25805, January 2020. (Download)
** Featured in VoxEU (August 31st, 2019)

"The Impact of Early Investments in Urban School Systems in the United States," with Ethan Schmick. NBER Working Paper 25663, March 2020. (Download)

"Racial Sorting and the Emergence of Segregation in American Cities," with Randall P. Walsh. Review of Economics and Statistics 101.3 (2019): 1-14. (Complete version: Download)
** Featured in the Washington Post (March 17th, 2016), CityLab (March 18th, 2016), and VoxEU (May 19th, 2016)

"Ideology and Migration after the American Civil War," with Shari Eli and Laura Salisbury. Journal of Economic History 78.3 (2018): 822-861. (Download)

"Zoning and the Economic Geography of Cities," with Tate Twinam and Randall P. Walsh. Journal of Urban Economics 105 (2018): 20-39. (Download)
** Featured in the Houston Chronicle (September 19th, 2016) and CityLab (September 23rd, 2016)

Research Interests

  • Housing & racial segregation
  • Immigration