Development Talk: In Search of the Promised Land - Mobility and Economic Outcomes in the Age of Mass Migration


Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


T-520 NYE A & Zoom

The Growth Lab's Development Talks is a series of conversations with policymakers and academics working in international development. The seminar provides a platform for practitioners and researchers to discuss both the practice of development and analytical work centered on policy. 

Speaker: Leah Boustan, Professor of Economics, Princeton University

Moderator: Nikita Taniparti, Research Manager, Growth Lab

Prof. Leah Boustan will discuss her work, including her new book Streets of Gold: America’s Untold Story of Immigrant Success, on the mass migration from Europe to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The discussion will address the prevailing narratives about the effects of migration and what that might suggest for policy design and debate.​​

Whether attending in-person or virtually, please register in advance, and contact Chuck McKenney with any questions. Non-Harvard attendees should review the HKS Visitor's Policy. 

Leah Boustan photoAbout the speaker: 

Leah Boustan is a Professor of Economics at Princeton University, where she also serves as the Director of the Industrial Relations Section. Her research lies at the intersection between economic history and labor economics. Her first book, Competition in the Promised Land: Black Migrants in Northern Cities and Labor Markets (Princeton University Press, 2016) examines the effect of the Great Black Migration from the rural south during and after World War II. Her recent work, including her new book Streets of Gold: America's Untold Story of Immigrant Success (PublicAffairs 2022), is on the mass migration from Europe to the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 

Professor Boustan is co-director of the Development of the American Economy Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She also serves as co-editor at the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. Professor Boustan was named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in 2012 and won the IZA Young Labor Economists Award in 2019.