Academic Appointments


  • Associate Professor, Economics
  • Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research

Administrative Appointments


  • Associate Professor, Associate Professor (2013 - Present)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Stanford University (2005 - 2013)
  • Research Associate, National Bureau ofEconomic Research (NBER) (2013 - Present)
  • Faculty Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) (2007 - Present)
  • Research Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (2012 - 2012)
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies, Northwestern (2004 - 2005)
  • Teaching Assistant Fellow, Searle Center for Teaching Excellence, Northwestern (2004 - 2005)
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Northwestern University (2003 - 2004)
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, Northwestern University (2003 - 2003)
  • University Fellowship, Northwestern University (1999 - 2000)
  • Rector's Fellowship, School of Business Administration, Hebrew University (1998 - 1999)
  • Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) (2011 - 2013)
  • Teaching Assistant, Northwestern University, Department of Economics (2000 - 2003)
  • Teaching Assistant, Northwestern University, MMSS program (2003 - Present)
  • Teaching Assistant, Hebrew University, Department of Economics (1997 - 1999)

Honors & Awards


  • Excellence in Refereeing Award, American Economic Review (2013)
  • Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching, Stanford University (2012)
  • Excellence in Refereeing Award, Quarterly Journal of Economics (2012)
  • Economics Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, Stanford University (2009)
  • Alexander Gerschenkron Prize for the best dissertation in economic history, Economiq History Association (2006)
  • Dissertation Award, Economic History Association (2004)
  • Pre-Dissertation Award, Economic History Association (2003)
  • Teaching Assistant Awards, Northwestern University (2001)
  • Teaching Assistant Awards, Northwestern University (2002)
  • Teaching Assistant Awards, Northwestern University (2003)
  • Department of Economics Award, Hebrew University (1998-1999)
  • Program for Outstanding Students, Economics Department, Hebrew University (1996-1999)
  • Dean's List, Hebrew University (1996)
  • Dean's List, Hebrew University (1997)
  • Dean's List,, Hebrew University (1998)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Economic History (2013 - Present)
  • Co-director, Summer Institute for High School Economics Teachers (2013 - Present)
  • Member, Committee on education in economic history, Economic History Association (2013 - Present)
  • Member, Program Committee, European Economic Association (EEA) annual meetings (2013 - 2013)
  • Member, Program Committee, Economic History Association (EHA)annual meetings (2012 - 2012)
  • Member, Program Committee, World Bank and the Center for Global Development, 5th Int'l Conf. on Migration and Development (2012 - 2012)
  • Member, Program Committee, World Bank and the Center for Global Development, 5th Int'l Conf. on Migration and Development (2013 - 2013)
  • Economic History Association (EHA) Representative to the Allied Social Science Association (ASSA), Economic History Association (2009 - 2011)
  • Referee, American Economic Review
  • Referee, Quarterly Journal of economics
  • Referee, Econometrica
  • Referee, Journal of Political Economy
  • Referee, Review of Economic Studies
  • Referee, Journal of Economic History
  • Referee, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
  • Referee, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics
  • Referee, Review of Economics and Statistics
  • Referee, International Economic Review
  • Referee, Journal of Public Economics
  • Referee, Journal of Labor Economics
  • Referee, Journal of Development Economics
  • Referee, Journal of Human Resources
  • Referee, Economic Journal
  • Referee, Journal of European Economic Association
  • Referee, Games and Economic Behavior
  • Referee, Demography
  • Referee, Journal of Population Economics
  • Referee, Journal of Comparative Economics
  • Referee, Population and Development
  • Referee, Review
  • Referee, Population Research and Policy Review
  • Referee, B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy
  • Referee, Scandinavian Journal of Economics
  • Referee, Economic Development and Cultural Change
  • Referee, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics
  • Referee, Economic Quarterly [Hebrew}
  • Referee, National Science Foundation
  • Referee, Israel Science Foundation
  • Referee, Falk Institute
  • Job Market Placement Officer, Stanford University (2013 - 2013)
  • Member, Undergraduate Policy Committee, Stanford University (2012 - 2013)
  • Transfer Credit Policy, Stanford University (2012 - 2013)
  • Member, Graduate Admission Committee, Stanford University (2006 - 2007)
  • Member, Junior Recruiting Committee, Stanford University (2005 - 2006)

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., Northwestern University, Economics (2005)
  • M.A., Northwestern University, Economics (2000)
  • B.A, Hebrew University, Israel, Economics and Business (1998)

2017-18 Courses


All Publications


  • How Responsive is Investment in Schooling to Changes in Redistribution Policies and in Returns? Econometrica Abramitzky, R., Levy, V. 2014; 82 (4): 1241–1272
  • Have the poor always been less likely to migrate? Evidence from inheritance practices during the age of mass migration JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS Abramitzky, R., Boustan, L. P., Eriksson, K. 2013; 102: 2-14
  • ON THE OPTIMALITY OF LINE CALL CHALLENGES IN PROFESSIONAL TENNIS INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC REVIEW Abramitzky, R., Einav, L., Kolkowitz, S., Mill, R. 2012; 53 (3): 939-963
  • Europe's Tired, Poor, Huddled Masses: Self-Selection and Economic Outcomes in the Age of Mass Migration AMERICAN ECONOMIC REVIEW Abramitzky, R., Boustan, L. P., Eriksson, K. 2012; 102 (5): 1832-1856
  • Marrying Up: The Role of Sex Ratio in Assortative Matching AMERICAN ECONOMIC JOURNAL-APPLIED ECONOMICS Abramitzky, R., Delavande, A., Vasconcelos, L. 2011; 3 (3): 124-157
  • Lessons from the Kibbutz on the Equality-Incentives Trade-off JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES Abramitzky, R. 2011; 25 (1): 185-207
  • On the (lack of) Stability of Communes: An Economic Perspective Oxford Handbook of the Economics ofReligion Abramitzky, R. edited by McCleary, R. Oxford University Press. 2011: 169–189
  • Risk, Incentives, and Contracts: Partnerships in Rio de Janeiro, 1870-1891 JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC HISTORY Abramitzky, R., Frank, Z., Mahajan, A. 2010; 70 (3): 686-715
  • Is Hanukkah Responsive to Christmas?* ECONOMIC JOURNAL Abramitzky, R., Einav, L., Rigbi, O. 2010; 120 (545): 612-630
  • The effect of redistribution on migration: Evidence from the Israeli kibbutz JOURNAL OF PUBLIC ECONOMICS Abramitzky, R. 2009; 93 (3-4): 498-511
  • The limits of equality: Insights from the Israeli kibbutz QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS Abramitzky, R. 2008; 123 (3): 1111-1159
  • The limits of equality: Insights from the Israeli Kibbutz Abramitzky, R. CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS. 2007: 527–27
  • Migration and human capital: Self-selection of indentured servants to the Americas JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC HISTORY Abramitzky, R., Braggion, F. 2006; 66 (4): 882-905
  • Vanderbilt Family Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History Abramitzky, R. Oxford University Press. 2004
  • "Du Pont Family", "Kettering Charles", "Lenin Vladimir Ilich", "Lewis John L.", "Malthusian and neo-Malthusian Theories" Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History Abramitzky, R., Braggion, F. Oxford University Press. 2004