Rebecca Lessem

Published papers

Do house prices affect campaign contributions?", with Sarah Niebler and Carly Urban, Economics and Politics, 2023, 35(2): 629-660

"How do U.S. visa policies affect unauthorized immigration?" (with Brian Kovak), Journal of Monetary Economics (Carnegie-Rochester-NYU), 2020, 113:92-108

Immigrant Wage Growth in the United States: The Role of Occupational Upgrading (with Carl Sanders), International Economic Review, 2020, 61(2): 941-972

Immigrant Wages and Recessions: Evidence from Undocumented Mexicans (with Kayuna Nakajima), European Economic Review, 2019, 114: 92-115.

Mexico-U.S. Immigration: Effects of Wages and Border Enforcement, Review of Economic Studies, 2018, 85 (4), 2353-2388

Local Economic Growth from Primary Election Spending (with Carly Urban), Economic Journal, 2016, 126 (597): 2147-2172.

The Political Orientation of Newspaper Endorsements in U.S. Elections, 1940-2002 (with Stephen Ansolabehere and James Snyder), Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 2006, 1 (4): 393-404.

Work in progress

"The effect of family structure on children", with Carl Sanders

"Modeling job search and matching with panel data on vacanies and applications", with Robert Miller

Regression Analysis

Course materials posted on Canvas


Associate Professor of Economics (without tenure)
Tepper School of Business
Carnegie Mellon University
rlessem (at)
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