Robert A. Margo


Bob MargoPhD, Harvard University

Fields: Economic History, Labor Economics

Contact Info:
270 Bay State Road, Room 311
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 353-6819

Curriculum Vitae Biographical Sketch Current Working Papers Selected Recent Publications
Biographical Sketch

Robert A. Margo is Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, at Boston University; and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1982. From 1981 to 1986 he taught at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1987 he moved to Colgate University where he held the Banfi Vintners’ Distinguished Professorship in American Economic History. From 1989 to 2005 he taught at Vanderbilt University. Margo has been a visiting professor at Harvard University and at Bard College, and a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City. A specialist in the history of the American economy with particular emphasis on the economic history of African-Americans, Margo is the author or co-author of 5 books and over 150 articles, book chapters and book reviews. He has served on the editorial boards of many journals, including the Journal of Economic History, the American Economic Review, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics; and he has served as editor or co-editor of the Southern Economic Journal and of Explorations in Economic History.  He was elected a Fellow of the Cliometric Society in 2012.

Margo is an accomplished performer on classical guitar, mandolin, renaissance and baroque lutes. In the Boston area, he performs regularly with the Providence (Rhode Island) Mandolin Orchestra and the New American Mandolin Ensemble.

Current Working Papers
Technical Change and the Relative Demand for Skilled Labor: The United States in Historical Perspective (with L. Katz), NBER Working Paper No. 18752, February 2013
Economies of Scale in Nineteenth Century American Manufacturing Revisited: A Solution to the Entrepreneurial Labor Input Problem, NBER Working Paper No. 19147, June 2013
Selected Recent Publications
Did Railroads Induce or Follow Economic Growth? Urbanization and Population Growth in the American Midwest, 1850-1860, (with J. Atack, F. Bateman, and M. Haines), in Social Science History 34 (Summer 2010): 171-197
Race and Home Ownership from the End of the Civil War to the Present (with W. Collins), in The American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings 101 (May 2011)): 355-359
The Economic History of the American Economic Review: A Century’s Explosion of Economics Research, in The American Economic Review 101 (February 2011): 9-35
A Silver Lining to White Flight? White Suburbanization and African-American Homeownership, 1940-1980 (with L. Boustan), Journal of Urban Economics, forthcoming.