Updated March 2008
Barry R. Chiswick
UIC Distinguished Professor
Head and Research Professor, Department of Economics

Jewish Studies Research and Publications
Research on the Economics of Language
Canada Studies-Bibliography of Research




1. “The Rise and Fall of American Jewish PhD," Marshall Sklare Memorial Lecture, Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry, Toronto, December 2007, revised March 2008. IZA Discussion Paper No. 3384, March 2008.

2. “The Earnings of American Jewish Men: Human Capital, Denomination and Religiosity,” (with Jidong Huang), IZA Discussion Paper No. 2301, September, 2006. Paper presented at Association for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Meeting, Portland, October 2006.

3. "Endogenous Assimilation and Immigrant Adjustment in Longitudinal Data" (with Michael Beenstock and Ari Paltiel), IZA Discussion Paper No. 1840, November 2005.

4. "The Occupational Attainment of American Jewry: 1990 to 2000," Contemporary Jewry, 27 (2007), pp.112-136.

5. "Economic Status of American Jewry in the 20th Century," (with Carmel U. Chiswick) in Stephen H. Norwood and Eunice G. Pollack, eds., Encyclopedia of American Jewish History, vol. 1, Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO Publishers, 2008,pp. 62-66.

6. "Economic Transformation of American Jewry," (with Carmel U. Chiswick), Yirmiyahu Yovel, Editor in Chief, Encyclopedia of Jewish Culture, Israel: Keter Publishing House, 2007 (Hebrew).

7. "The Linguistic and Economic Adjustment of Soviet Jewish Immigrants in the United States : 1980 to 2000," (with Michael Wenz), Research in Labor Economics, 24, 2006, pp. 179-216. Paper presented at the Conference on “Immigration, Minorities and Social Exclusion: A Conference in Memory of Professor Tickva Lecker,” June 2004, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. Preliminary version presented at “Soviet and Post-Soviet Jewry: International Conference in Honor of the Retirement of Professor Mordechai Altsuler,” Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, December 2003.

8. "Do Enclaves Matter in Immigrant Adjustment?" (with Paul W. Miller), City and Community, 4(1), march 2005,pp. 5-36. Earlier version with the same title published in Hebrew in Rivon L'Kalkalah (The Economic Quarterly), 50(2), June 2003, pp. 285-325. Recipient of the Milken Institute Award for Distinguished Economic Research, 2001

9. "American Jewry: An Economic Perspective and Research Agenda." Contemporary Jewry, 23, 2002, pp. 156-182. Revised and updated in Carmel U. Chiswick, Tikva Lecker and Nava Kahana, eds., Jewish Society and Culture: An Economic Perspective, Ramat Gan: Bar-Ilan University Press, 2007, pp. 177-206. Paper Prepared for the Conference on Establishing a Research Agenda for the Jewish Community, United Jewish Communities and North American Jewish Data Bank, New York, October 12-13, 1999. Presented at the Conference on the Economics of Judaism and Jewish Human Capital, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, June 2000.

10. "The Effect of Linguistic Distance and Country of Origin on Immigrant Language Skills: Application to Israel," (with Michael Beenstock and Gaston L. Repetto), International Migration, 39 (3), September 2001, pp.33-60.

11. "The Billings Report and the Occupational Attainment of American Jewry, 1890": Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Vol. 19, No. 2, Winter 2001, pp.53-75.

12. "Immigrant Adjustment in Israel: Literacy and Fluency in Hebrew and Earnings" (with Gaston Repetto), in Slobodan Djajic, ed. International Migration:  Trends, Policy and Economic Impact, New York: Routledge, 2001, pp.204-208, and Sergio DellaPergola and Judith Even, eds. Papers in Jewish Demography, Jerulasem: Hebrew University, 2001, pp.351-378.  Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Discussion Paper No. 00.10, July 2000, and Institute for the Study of Labor, IZA, Bonn, Discussion Paper No. 177, July 2000.  Presented at the Conference on the Economics of Judaism and Jewish Human Capital, Chicago, June 2000.

13. "The Cost of Living Jewishly and Jewish Continuity" (with Carmel U. Chiswick) Contemporary Jewry, Vol. 21, 2000, pp. 78-90.  Paper presented at the Conference on the Future of the Jewish Family in America, Brandeis University and American Jewish Committee, Waltham, MA, April 1998.

14. "The Occupational Attainment and Earnings of American Jewry, 1890 to 1990" Contemporary Jewry, Vol. 20, 1999, pp. 68-98.  Paper presented at the Midwest Jewish Studies Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, September 1993, 11th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, 1993, American Economic Association Annual Meeting, January 1995,  Conference on the Economics of Judaism and Jewish Observance, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel, December 1998, and Population Association of America Annual Meetings, Los Angeles, April 2000.  (Additional data points in successive revisions.)

15. "A Method for Proxying a Respondent’s  Religious Background: An Application to School Choice Decisions" (with Stella Koutroumanes Hofrenning), Journal of Human Resources, 34(1), Winter 1999, pp. 193-207.

16. "Hebrew Language Usage: Determinants and Effects on Earnings Among Immigrants in Israel."  Journal of Population Economics, 11 (2), May 1998, pp. 253-271.  Paper presented at Conference on Immigrant Absorption: The Interface Between Research and Policy Making, Technion, Haifa, Israel, June 1993.  Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel, Jerusalem, Discussion Paper, No. 97.09.

17. Review of Moshe Hartman and Harriet Hartman, Gender Equality and American Jews for Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Vol 16, No. 3, Spring 1998, pp. 180-182.

18. "Soviet Jews in the United States: Language and Labor Market Adjustments Revisited" in Noah Lewin-Epstein, Yaacov Ro’i and Paul Ritterband, eds., Russian Jews on Three Continents: Migration and Resettlement, London: Frank Cass, 1997, pp. 233-60.  Reprinted in Elite Olshtain and Gabriel Horenczyk, eds., Language, Identity and Immigration, Jerusalem:  Magnes Press, 2000, pp. 275-300. Paper presented at 12th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, 1997.

19. "Working and Family Life: The Experiences of Jewish Women in America," in Sergio DellaPergola and Judith Even, eds. Papers in Jewish Demography 1993, Institute of Contemporary Jewry, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1997, pp. 277-287.  Paper presented at the conference Across Boundaries: A History of Jewish Women in America, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 1993.

20. Review of Shelly Tenenbaum, A Credit to Their Community: Jewish Loan Societies in the United States, 1880-1945 for AJS Review , Vol 20, No 2, 1995, pp. 447-449.

21. "Economic Status of American Jews," in David M. Gordis, and Dorit P. Gary, eds., American Jewry: Portrait and Prognosis, New York: Behrman House, 1997, pp. 247-260.  Presented at Conference on Policy Implications of the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey, July 1991, University of Judaism, Los Angeles, revised 1994.

22. Review of Susan A. Glenn, Daughters of the Shtetl: Life and Labor in the Immigrant Generation for AJS Review, Fall 1992, pp. 343-345.

23. "Labor Supply, Child Quality and Jewish Women: A Reply," Review of Economics and Statistics, November 1993, pp. 726-727. 

24. "The Skills and Economic Status of American Jewry:  Trends Over the Last Half Century," Journal of Labor Economics--Special Issue in Honor of Jacob Mincer, 11(1), January 1993, pp. 229-242.  Expanded version in Robert S. Wistrich, ed., Terms of Survival: The Jewish World Since 1945, London: Routledge, 1995, pp. 115-129.  (Paper presented at both conferences.)

25. "Soviet Jews in the United States: An Analysis of Their Linguistic and Economic Adjustment," Revon L’Kalkalah (Economics Quarterly, in Hebrew), July 1991, #148, pp. 188-211 and International Migration Review, 27(2), Summer 1993, pp. 260-286 .  Presented at Sapir Forum, Conference on the Economic Impact on Israel of Soviet Immigration, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, March 1991. 

26. "The Post-War Economy of American Jews," in Peter Y. Medding, ed., A New Jewry? America Since the Second World War, (Studies in Contemporary Jewry, Vol. 8),Oxford University Press, 1992, pp. 85-101.

27. "Jewish Immigrant Wages in America in 1909: An Analysis of the Dillingham Commission Data," Explorations in Economic History, 29(3), July 1992, pp. 274-289.

28. "Jewish Immigrants in the United States Labor Market at the Turn of the Century:  A Preliminary Report," Papers in Jewish Demography, 1989, pp.61-65.  Paper presented at 10th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, August 1989. 

29. "Jewish Immigrant Skill and Occupational Status at the Turn of the Century," Explorations in Economic History, 28(1), January 1991, pp. 64-86.  Presented at Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, October 1988, and Association for Jewish Studies Annual Meeting, Boston, December 1988.

30. "An Economic Analysis of Philanthropy," in Barry Kosmin and Paul Ritterband, eds.  Jewish Philanthropy in Contemporary America, Rowman and Littlefield, 1991, pp. 3-15.  Irwin Distinguished Paper Award, Midwest Business Economics Association, Annual Meeting, Chicago 1989. 

31. "Differences in Education and Earnings Across Racial and Ethnic Groups: Tastes, Discrimination and Investments in Child Quality" Quarterly Journal of Economics, August 1988, pp. 571?597.  Summarized in Business Economics January 1989, p. 58.  Presented at the Population Association of American Annual Meeting, Chicago, April 1987.

32. "The Achievement of American Jews," Reconstructionist, January 1987, pp. 11-14.

33. "Labor Supply and Investment in Child Quality: A Study of Jewish and Non-Jewish Women," Review of Economics and Statistics, November 1986, pp. 700-703.  Expanded analysis with the same title Contemporary Jewry, Vol. 9, Fall 1988, pp. 35-61.  Presented at the joint Annual Meetings of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry and the Association for Jewish Studies, Boston, December 1985.

34. "The Labor Market Status of American Jews: Patterns and Determinants," American Jewish Year Book, 1985, New York: American Jewish Committee, 1985, pp. 131-153.  Reprinted in Winston Van Horne, ed., Ethnicity and the Work Force, Madison: University of Wisconsin, 1985, pp. 96-123.

35. "Jewish Adjustment in Western Countries," Contemporary Sociology, January 1985, pp. 17-20.

36. "The Economics of the Diaspora Revised," (with Eliezer Ayal) Economic Development and Cultural Change, July 1983, pp. 861-875.

37. "The Earnings and Human Capital of American Jews," Journal of Human Resources, Summer 1983, pp. 313-336.

38. "Mass Migration and Income Inequality in Israel" in Barry R. Chiswick, Income Inequality: Regional Analyses Within a Human Capital Framework, New York: NBER, 1974, pp. 97-101, Reprinted in Barry R. Chiswick, The Economics of Immigration, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2005, pp. 262-266.


Marshall Sklare Award, Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry, 2007.


“Scholar Not Only One to Doubt Population Figures,” (with Carmel U. Chiswick), Forward, January 5, 2007.


“The Economics of Diaspora jewry: Thrive, Wither or Both?" Mandel Institute Seminar, Jerusalem, Israel, January 2008.


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