Research and Publications
Research on the
Economics of Language
Studies-Bibliography of Research
RESEARCH, PUBLICATIONS and AWARDS
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,
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
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
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
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,
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,
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,
22. Review of Susan A. Glenn, Daughters of the Shtetl: Life and
Labor in the Immigrant Generation for AJS Review, Fall 1992, pp.
23. "Labor Supply, Child Quality and Jewish Women: A Reply,"
Review of Economics and Statistics, November 1993, pp.
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.
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.
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.