Ethan Gatewood Lewis

Associate Professor of Economics

My research focuses on how U.S. labor markets adjust to immigration and technological change, including how manufacturing firms adapt their production technology to employ less-skilled immigrants. Recently, I have been investigating the role historical immigration waves played in advancing the second Industrial Revolution. I also examine the U.S. public education system, including how native-born families respond to rising enrollments of immigrant children in public schools.

304 Rockefeller
HB 6106
Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, 2003
B.A. Williams College, 1995

Selected Publications

"Immigration Restrictions as Active Labor Market Policy: Evidence from the Mexican Bracero Exclusion",  with Michael A. Clemens and Hannah M. Postel, July 2017

"How Much Does Amnesty Strengthen the Safety Net? Evidence from the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986"  (with Elizabeth Cascio), March 2017

"People and Machines A Look at The Evolving Relationship Between Capital. and Skill in Manufacturing 1850-1940 using immigration shocks", 2016

"Immigrant-Native Substitutability and the Role of Language", 2013

“Immigration and Production Technology,” Annual Review of Economics (5), August 2013.

“Cracks in the Melting Pot: Immigration, School Choice, and Segregation” (with Elizabeth Cascio). American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 4(3): August 2012, pp. 91-117.

“Immigration, Skill Mix, and Capital-Skill Complementarity.” Quarterly Journal of Economics 126 (2): May 2011, pp. 1029-1069.

“Should the PC be Considered a Technological Revolution? Evidence from US Metropolitan Areas” (with Paul Beaudry and Mark Doms). Journal of Political Economy 118(5): October 2010, pp. 988-1036.

“Paying For Progress: Conditional Grants and the Desegregation of Southern Schools.” (with Elizabeth Cascio, Nora Gordon, and Sarah Reber). Quarterly Journal of Economics 125(1): February 2010, pp. 445-482.

Local Labor Force Education, New Business Characteristics, and Firm Performance. (with Mark Doms and Alicia Robb). Journal of Urban Economics 67(1): January 2010, pp. 61-67.

From Brown to Busing. (with Elizabeth Cascio, Nora Gordon, and Sarah Reber) Journal of Urban Economics 64(2): September 2008, p. 296-325.

"How Much Does Amnesty Strengthen the Safety Net? Evidence from the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986",  with Elizabeth Cascio, March 2017

The Impact of Immigration on American Workers and Businesses.Choices 22(1): 1st Quarter 2007, p. 1-7.

The Diffusion of Mexican Immigrants During the 1990s: Explanations and Impacts (with David Card) in George J. Borjas, Ed., Mexican Immigration to the United States. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007, p. 193-227.

Schooling and the AFQT: Evidence from School Entry Laws.(with Elizabeth Cascio). Journal of Human Resources 41(2): Spring 2006, p. 294-318.

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