Robert W. Fairlie - Selected Working Papers and Articles
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Recent Working Papers

• Job Creation and Survival among Entrepreneurs: Evidence from the Universe of U.S. Startups, (with Javier Miranda and Nick Zolas), WP

• Do Pecuniary Incentives Crowd Out Social Pressure? (with Jeremy West, Bryan Pratt, Liam Rose), PDF

• Parental Resources and College Attendance: Evidence from Lottery Wins, (with George Bulman, Sarena Goodman, and Adam Isen), NBER WP

• The Effect of Course Shutouts on Community College Students: Evidence from Waitlist Cutoffs (with Silvia Robles, Max Gross, and Thomas Barrios), PDF

• Isolating the “Tech” from EdTech: Experimental Evidence on Computer Assisted Learning in China (with Ma Yue, Prashant Loyalka, and Scott Rozelle). WF

• Black and White: Access to Capital among Minority-Owned Startups," (with Alicia Robb and David Robinson). PDF

• Addressing Path Dependence and Incorporating Sample Weights in the Nonlinear Blinder-Oaxaca Decomposition Technique for Logit, Probit and Other Nonlinear Models SIEPR WP

• The Effects of Computers and Acquired Skills on Earnings, Employment and College Enrollment: Evidence from a Field Experiment and California UI Earnings Records, (with Peter Bahr), NBER WP (forthcoming Economics of Education Review)

• The Effects of Computers on Children’s Social Development and School Participation: Evidence from a Randomized Control Experiment, (with Ariel Kalil) NBER WP (forthcoming Economics of Education Review)


• Opportunity versus Necessity Entrepreneurship: Two Components of Business Creation (with Frank Fossen) SIEPR WP


Recent Articles


• Taking the Leap: The Determinants of Entrepreneurs Hiring their First Employee (with Javier Miranda) Journal of Economic Management and Strategy (Lead Article). PDF Online appendix PDF


• A Community College Instructor Like Me: Race and Ethnicity Interactions in the Classroom, (with Florian Hoffman and Phil Oreopoulos), American Economic Review. PDF


• The Effects of Entrepreneurship Training: Evidence from a Randomized Control Experiment (with Dean Karlan and Jonathan Zinman), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy PDF


• Technology and Education: Computers, Software, and the Internet (with George Bulman) draft for the Handbook of the Economics of Education, Volume 5, eds. Rick Hanushek, Steve Machin, and Ludger Woessmann, NBER Working Paper


• Experimental Evidence on the Effects of Home Computers on Academic Achievement among Schoolchildren (with Jon Robinson), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics PDF


• The Impact of Contracting Set-Asides on Minority Business Ownership, (with Ronnie Chatterji and Kenneth Y. Chay) Journal of Labor Economics  PDF


• Little Effect of Insurance Status or Socioeconomic Condition on Disparities in Minority Appendicitis Perforation Rates,” (with Edward Livingston), Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA): Surgery (Archives of Surgery) PDF



More Research on Entrepreneurship


• Race and Entrepreneurial Success: Black-, Asian-, and White-Owned Businesses in the United States, MIT Press, 2008 (with Alicia Robb). Webpage


• Is Employer-Based Health Insurance a Barrier to Entrepreneurship?, (with Kanika Kapur and Susan Gates), Journal of Health Economics, 2011 PDF


• The Personal Computer and Entrepreneurship, Management Science, 2006, PDF


• Why Are Black-Owned Businesses Less Successful than White-Owned Businesses? The Role of Families, Inheritances, and Business Human Capital (with Alicia Robb). Journal of Labor Economics, 2007. PDF


• Drug Dealing and Legitimate Self-Employment, Journal of Labor Economics, 20(3), 2002. PDF


• The Absence of the African-American Owned Business: An Analysis of the Dynamics of Self-Employment, Journal of Labor Economics, 1999. PDF


• Liquidity Constraints, Household Wealth, and Entrepreneurship Revisited (with Harry Krashinsky) Review of Income and Wealth 2012 PDF


• High-Technology Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley (with Aaron Chatterji), Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 2013. PDF


• Mexican-American Entrepreneurship, B.E. Journals of Economic Analysis and Policy, Contributions, 2010 (with Chris Woodruff) PDF


• Gender Differences in Business Performance: Evidence from the Characteristics of Business Owners Survey, (with Alicia Robb), Small Business Economics, 2009. PDF


• Families, Human Capital, and Small Business: Evidence from the Characteristics of Business Owners Survey (with Alicia Robb), Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2007 PDF

• Immigration and Entrepreneurship, Draft for Handbook Chapter (with Magnus Lofstrom) ed Barry Chiswick DOC

• Entrepreneurship, Economic Conditions, and the Great Recession, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 2013. PDF


• The Effect of Immigration on Native Self-Employment (with Bruce D. Meyer), Journal of Labor Economics, 2003. PDF


• Trends in Self-Employment among White and Black Men: 1910-1990, (with Bruce D. Meyer), Journal of Human Resources, Fall 2000. PDF

• Ethnic and Racial Self-Employment Differences and Possible Explanations, (with Bruce D. Meyer), Journal of Human Resources, PDF.


More Research on Education and Technology


• The Effects of Home Computers on Educational Outcomes: Evidence from a Field Experiment with Community College Students (with Rebecca London), Economic Journal 2012. PDF


• Does Immigration Induce "Native Flight" from Public Schools into Private Schools? (with Julian R. Betts), Journal of Public Economics, 2003. PDF


• Academic Achievement, Technology and Race: Experimental Evidence," Economics of Education Review 2012 PDF


• Is There "White Flight" into Private Schools? Evidence from the National Educational Longitudinal Survey (with Alex M. Resch), Review of Economics and Statistics, 2002  PDF

• Access to Technology and the Transfer Function of Community Colleges: Evidence from a Field Experiment," (with Samantha Grunberg), Economic Inquiry 2014. PDF


• The Effects of Home Access to Technology on Computer Skills: Evidence from a Field Experiment. Information Economics and Policy 2012 PDF


• Are Computers Good for Children: The Effects of Home Computers on Educational Outcomes (with Daniel Beltran and Kuntal Das), Economic Inquiry 2010  PDF

• ICT Use in the Developing World: An Analysis of Differences in Computer and Internet Penetration, (with Menzie Chinn), Review of International Economics, 2010 PDF


• The Effects of Home Computers on School Enrollment, Economics of Education Review, 2005 PDF


• The Determinants of the Global Digital Divide: A Cross-Country Analysis of Computer and Internet Penetration (with Menzie Chinn), Oxford Economic Papers, 2007 PDF


• Do Boys and Girls Use Computers Differently, and Does It Contribute to Why Boys do Worse in School Than Girls? Berkeley Electronic Journals, Contributions PDF


• Race and the Digital Divide, Berkeley Electronic Journals, Contributions to Economic Analysis and Policy, 2004 PDF


• Private Schools and "Latino Flight" from Black Schoolchildren, 2002 Demography. PDF

• Explaining Ethnic, Racial, and Immigrant Differences in Private School Attendance, (with Julian R. Betts), Journal of Urban Economics, 2001. PDF


More Research on Labor Economics


• Last Hired, First Fired? Black-White Unemployment and the Business Cycle, 2008, Demography (with Ken Couch) PDF


• Can the “one-drop rule” tell us anything about racial discrimination? New evidence from the multiple race question on the 2000 Census, Labour Economics, 2009 PDF


• The Long-Term Costs of Job Displacement among Young Workers (with Lori G. Kletzer), Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2003. PDF

• The Emergence, Persistence, and Recent Widening of the Racial Unemployment Gap, (with William A. Sundstrom), Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 1999. PDF

• The Racial Unemployment Gap in Long-Run Perspective, (with William A. Sundstrom), American Economic Review, 1997. PDF

• Job-Lock: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design (with Susan Gates and Kanika Kapur), Industrial Relations, 2016. PDF