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Trevon D. Logan

Trevon D. Logan is a research associate in the NBER’s Development of the American Economy Program. He is the Hazel C. Youngberg Trustees Distinguished Professor of Economics and interim dean of social and behavioral sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University. He is currently director of the American Economic Association’s Mentoring Program and member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Economic Literature and the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

His current research focuses on racial inequality and economic history. Logan received his BS in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999, his MA in demography in 2003 and his PhD in economics in 2004, both from the University of California, Berkeley. His research has received support from the National Science Foundation and the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, among others.

Logan was born and raised in St. Paul, MN and currently lives in Columbus, OH. He enjoys tweeting (@TrevonDLogan), Marvel Comics, Legos, and college football.


1. Reflective Democracy Research Findings, Summary Report,” Reflective Democracy Campaign, October 2017.   Go to ⤴︎
2. An Economic Theory of Political Action in a Democracy,” Downs A. Journal of Political Economy 65(2), 1957, pp. 135–150.   Go to ⤴︎
3. Electoral Acceleration: The Effect of Minority Population on Minority Voter Turnout,” Oberholzer-Gee F, Waldfogel J. NBER Working Paper 8252, April 2001. Published as “Strength in Numbers: Group Size and Political Mobilization,” Journal of Law & Economics 48(1), April 2005, pp. 73–91. “How Black Candidates Affect Voter Turnout,” Washington E. NBER Working Paper 11915, January 2006, and Quarterly Journal of Economics 121(3), August 2006, pp. 973–998. “Race and the Politics of Close Elections,” Vogl T. NBER Working Paper 18320, August 2012, and Journal of Public Economics 109, January 2014, pp. 101–113.   Go to ⤴︎
4. Credibility and Policy Convergence in a Two-Party System with Rational Voters,” Alesina A. American Economic Review 78(4), September 1988, pp. 796–805.   Go to ⤴︎
5. Do Black Politicians Matter?” Logan T. NBER Working Paper 24190, January 2018. Published as “Do Black Politicians Matter? Evidence from Reconstruction,” Journal of Economic History 80(1), March 2020, pp. 1–37. “Whitelashing: Black Politicians, Taxes, and Violence,” Logan T. NBER Working Paper 26014, June 2019.   Go to ⤴︎
6. Black Reconstruction in America, 1860–1880, Du Bois WEB. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1935. Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863–1877, Foner E. New York: Harper & Row, 1988.   Go to ⤴︎
7. Freedom’s Lawmakers: A Directory of Black Officeholders During Reconstruction, Foner E. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1996.   Go to ⤴︎
8. Does Monetary Policy Matter? A New Test in the Spirit of Friedman and Schwartz,” Romer C, Romer D. NBER Working Paper 2966, May 1989, and NBER Macroeconomics Annual 1989, Vol. 4, Blanchard O, Fischer S, eds.   Go to ⤴︎
9. Accounting for Racial Differences in School Attendance in the American South, 1900: The Role of Separate-But-Equal,” Margo R. NBER Working Paper 2242, May 1987, and Review of Economics and Statistics 69(4), November 1987, pp. 661–666. “Historical Perspectives on Racial Differences in Schooling in the United States,” Collins W, Margo R. NBER Working Paper 9770, June 2003, and Handbook of the Economics of Education, Vol. 1, Elsevier, 2006.   Go to ⤴︎
10. The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America’s Most Progressive Era, Egerton D. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2014.   Go to ⤴︎
11. Racial Segregation and Southern Lynching,” Cook L, Logan T, Parman J. NBER Working Paper 23813, September 2017, and Social Science History 42(4), Winter 2018, pp. 635–675.   Go to ⤴︎
12. A Poll Tax by Any Other Name: The Political Economy of Disenfranchisement,” Jones D, Troesken W, Walsh R. NBER Working Paper 18612, December 2012.   Go to ⤴︎
13. Historical Lynchings and Contemporary Voting Behavior of Blacks,” Williams J. Forthcoming in American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.     Go to ⤴︎
14. Valuing the Vote: The Redistribution of Voting Rights and State Funds Following the Voting Rights Act of 1965,” Cascio E, Washington E. NBER Working Paper 17776, January 2012, and Quarterly Journal of Economics 129(1), February 2014, pp. 379–433. “The Franchise, Policing, and Race: Evidence from Arrests Data and the Voting Rights Act,” Facchini G, Knight B, Testa C. NBER Working Paper 27463, July 2020.   Go to ⤴︎

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