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Katherine Eriksson Profile

Katherine Eriksson is a research associate in the NBER’s Development of the American Economy Program and an associate professor of economics at the University of California, Davis. Prior to moving to UC-Davis, she was an assistant professor at California Polytechnic State University from 2013 to 2015. She serves on multiple editorial boards.

Eriksson’s research interests focus on questions related to labor economics and demography in US history. Almost all of her papers use large-scale panel datasets created with linked datasets. She has worked extensively on immigration to the United States, as well as on questions in health, education, and incarceration.

Eriksson received a BS in mathematics and philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 2004 and a BA in philosophy, politics, and economics from the University of Oxford in 2006. She holds an MS in applied and agricultural economics from Virginia Tech and received her PhD in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013.

She lives in California with her husband and their four dogs, including Cleopatra, her soul mate in the form of a Chihuahua, and Louisa, a ridiculously tiny yet opinionated terrier. She has completed three Ironman triathlons and is contemplating a fourth.


1. Automated Linking of Historical Data,” Abramitzky R, Boustan L, Eriksson K, Feigenbaum J, Perez S. NBER Working Paper 25825, May 2019, and Journal of Economic Literature 59(3), September 2021, pp. 865–918. For another assessment of linking methods, see “How Well Do Automated Linking Methods Perform?” Bailey M, Cole C, Henderson M, Massey C. Journal of Economic Literature 58(4), December 2020, pp. 997–1044.   Go to ⤴︎
2. Linked US Census samples using some of these methods are available at More methods are being added over time.   Go to ⤴︎
3. School Closures during the 1918 Flu Pandemic,” Ager P, Eriksson K, Karger E, Nencka P, Thomasson M. NBER Working Paper 28246, December 2020.   Go to ⤴︎
4. Long-Run Impacts of Agricultural Shocks on Education Attainment: Evidence from the Boll Weevil,” Baker R, Blanchette R, Eriksson K. NBER Working Paper 25400, December 2018, and Journal of Economic History 80(1), March 2020, pp. 136–174.   Go to ⤴︎
5. The Intergenerational Effects of a Large Wealth Shock: White Southerners after the Civil War,” Ager P, Boustan L, Eriksson K. NBER Working Paper 25700, September 2019, and American Economic Review 111(11), November 2021, pp. 3767–3794.   Go to ⤴︎
6. How the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Shaped Economic Activity in the American West,” Ager P, Eriksson K, Hansen C, Lønstrup L. NBER Working Paper 25727, April 2019, and Explorations in Economic History 77, July 2020.   Go to ⤴︎
7. Understanding the Success of the Know-Nothing Party,” Alsan M, Eriksson K, Niemesh G. NBER Working Paper 28078, November 2020.     Go to ⤴︎
8. For example, see “Importing Political Polarization? The Electoral Consequences of Rising Trade Exposure,” Autor D, Dorn D, Hanson G, Majlesi K. NBER Working Paper 22637, December 2017. Forthcoming in American Economic Review.   Go to ⤴︎

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