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Leah Boustan and William Collins Are New Co-Directors of the Development of American Economy Program.

Leah Boustan, a professor of economics at Princeton University, and William Collins, the Terence E. Adderley Jr. Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt University, are the new co-directors of the Development of the American Economy (DAE) Program. Boustan, who joined the Princeton faculty this year, previously taught at UCLA. She has been an NBER research associate since 2012, and before that a faculty research fellow since 2007. Collins, who became a faculty research fellow in 1999 and a research associate in 2004, has been a member of the Vanderbilt faculty since 1998.

Boustan's research focuses on U.S. labor markets, with particular emphasis on the history of migration. She explores rich historical datasets to provide new context and perspective for current labor market outcomes. Her 2016 book, Competition in the Promised Land: Black Migrants in Northern Cities and Labor Markets, has been widely celebrated. Boustan received her B.A. from Princeton and her Ph.D. from Harvard.

Collins, who also is a professor of history at Vanderbilt and served as department chair 201114, is currently editor of The Journal of Economic History. His research focuses on the evolution of U.S. cities, racial wage differentials, and labor market dynamics. He recently co-edited, with Robert Margo, the NBER volume Enterprising America: Businesses, Banks, and Credit Markets in Historical Perspective. Collins received his B.A. and his Ph.D. from Harvard.

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Title Annotation:NBER News
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Date:Sep 1, 2017
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