Joseph P. Ferrie

Department of Economics
Northwestern University
2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-2600
Tel: 847/491-8210
Fax: 847/491-7001

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NBER Program Affiliations: AG , DAE
NBER Affiliation: Research Associate
Institutional Affiliation: Northwestern University

NBER Working Papers and Publications

June 2018Fetal Shock or Selection? The 1918 Influenza Pandemic and Human Capital Development
with Brian Beach, Martin H. Saavedra: w24725
Early-Life Education and Late-Life Outcomes: Exposure to Pre-School 1943-46 and Well-Being After Age 50
with Claudia Goldin, Quentin O. Brummet, Claudia Olivetti, Karen Rolf, Elizabeth Mokyr Horner
in Trans-Atlantic Public Economics Seminar 2018, Hilary W. Hoynes, Camille Landais, and Johannes Spinnewijn, organizers
September 2016Do Grandparents and Great-Grandparents Matter? Multigenerational Mobility in the US, 1910-2013
with Catherine Massey, Jonathan Rothbaum: w22635
October 2014The Role of Immigrant Children in Their Parents' Assimilation in the United States, 1850–2010
with Ilyana Kuziemko
in Human Capital in History: The American Record, Leah Platt Boustan, Carola Frydman, and Robert A. Margo, editors
July 2014Typhoid Fever, Water Quality, and Human Capital Formation
with Brian Beach, Martin Saavedra, Werner Troesken: w20279

Published: Beach, Brian & Ferrie, Joseph & Saavedra, Martin & Troesken, Werner, 2016. "Typhoid Fever, Water Quality, and Human Capital Formation," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 76(01), pages 41-75, March. citation courtesy of

May 2014The Long Term Impact of Cash Transfers to Poor Families
with Anna Aizer, Shari Eli, Adriana Lleras-Muney: w20103

Published: Aizer, Anna, Shari Eli, Joseph Ferrie, and Adriana Lleras-Muney. 2016. "The Long-Run Impact of Cash Transfers to Poor Families." American Economic Review, 106 (4): 935-71. DOI: 10.1257/aer.20140529

October 2013Amidst Poverty and Prejudice: Black and Irish Civil War Veterans
with Hoyt Bleakley, Louis Cain: w19605

Published: \Amidst Poverty and Prejudice: Black and Irish Civil War Veterans," in Institutions, Innovation, and Industrialization: Essays in Economic History and Development, Avner Greif, Lynne Keisling, John V.C. Nye (eds.), 2015, with Louis Cain and Joseph Ferrie. (Festschrift volume for Joel Mokyr.)

August 2013Shocking Behavior : Random Wealth in Antebellum Georgia and Human Capital Across Generations
with Hoyt Bleakley: w19348

Published: Hoyt Bleakley & Joseph Ferrie, 2016. "Shocking Behavior: Random Wealth in Antebellum Georgia and Human Capital Across Generations," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, vol 131(3), pages 1455-1495. citation courtesy of

June 2013Up from Poverty? The 1832 Cherokee Land Lottery and the Long-run Distribution of Wealth
with Hoyt Bleakley: w19175
June 2011Cognitive Disparities, Lead Plumbing, and Water Chemistry: Intelligence Test Scores and Exposure to Water-Borne Lead Among World War Two U.S. Army Enlistees
with Karen Rolf, Werner Troesken: w17161

Published: Joseph P. Ferrie & Karen Rolf & Werner Troesken, 2012. "Cognitive disparities, lead plumbing, and water chemistry: Prior exposure to water-borne lead and intelligence test scores among World War Two U.S. Army enlistees," Economics & Human Biology, vol 10(1), pages 98-111.

May 2011Socioeconomic Status in Childhood and Health After Age 70: A New Longitudinal Analysis for the U.S., 1895-2005
with Karen Rolf: w17016

Published: Joseph Ferrie & Karen Rolf, 2011. "Socioeconomic status in childhood and health after age 70: A new longitudinal analysis for the U.S., 1895–2005," Explorations in Economic History, vol 48(4), pages 445-460.

June 2005Death and the City: Chicago's Mortality Transition, 1850-1925
with Werner Troesken: w11427
May 2005The End of American Exceptionalism? Mobility in the U.S. Since 1850

Published: Ferrie, Joseph P. "History Lessons: The End Of American Exceptionalism? Mobility In The United States Since 1850," Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2005, v19(3,Summer), 199-215.

April 2005A Tale of Two Labor Markets: Intergenerational Occupational Mobility in Britain and the U.S. Since 1850
with Jason Long: w11253
March 2005Time on the Ladder: Career Mobility in Agriculture, 1890-1938
with Lee J. Alston: w11231

Published: Alston, Lee J. and Joseph P. Ferrie. "Time On The Ladder: Career Mobility In Agriculture, 1890-1938," Journal of Economic History, 2005, v65(4,Dec), 1058-1081. citation courtesy of

January 2003The Rich and the Dead. Socioeconomic Status and Mortality in the United States, 1850-1860
in Health and Labor Force Participation over the Life Cycle: Evidence from the Past, Dora L. Costa, editor
Appendix A. Merged Mortality and Population Schedules from the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1850 and 1860
in Health and Labor Force Participation over the Life Cycle: Evidence from the Past, Dora L. Costa, editor
August 2001The Poor and the Dead: Socioeconomic Status and Mortality in the U.S., 1850-1860
September 1996Immigrants and Natives: Comparative Economic Performance in the U.S., 1850-60 and 1965-80
June 1996The Entry Into the U.S. Labor Market of Antebellum European Immigrants, 1840-60

Published: Ferrie, Joseph P. "The Entry Into The U.S. Labor Market Of Antebellum European Immigrants, 1840-1860," Explorations in Economic History, 1997, v34(3,Jul), 295-330.

November 1995Strikes and the Law in the U.S., 1881-1894: New Evidence on the Origins of American Exceptionalism
with Janet Currie: w5368

Published: (Published as "The Law and Labor Strife in the U.S.; 1881-1894") Journal of Labor History (March 2000).

August 1995A New Sample of Americans Linked from the 1850 Public Use Micro Sampleofthe Federal Census of Population to the1860 Federal Census Manuscript Sched.
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