Rebecca Lessem

Published papers

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.

Working papers

Immigrant Wage Assimilation in the United States: The Role of Occupational Upgrading, 2018, with Carl Sanders, revision requested

Immigrant Wages and Recessions: Evidence from Undocumented Mexicans, 2018, with Kayuna Nakajima, revision requested

Work in progress

"Returns to human capital, within and across countries", with Rafael de Hoyos and John Kennan

"Skill specialization and economic success: networks and human capital in short term labor markets" with Kate Anderson

"Migrant network diversity and spatial mobility", with Brian Cadena, Brian Kovak, and Shan Li

"The effects of family instability on children", with Carl Sanders


Course materials posted on Canvas

Fall 2018


Assistant Professor of Economics
Tepper School of Business
Carnegie Mellon University
rlessem (at)
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