Jason Long, Ph.D.

George F. Bennett Professor of Economics
On Faculty since 2011

Office: MSC 323, Hours: Tu 9:30-12, 2:30-4:30; W 3:30-5; Make appointment
Phone: (630)752-5033
Fax: (630)752-7037


Ph.D., Economics, Northwestern University, 2002

B.A., Economics, Wheaton College, 1996

Courses Taught

  • Wealth and Poverty of Nations
  • Evolution of the Global Economy
  • Game Theory
  • Macroeconomics

Areas of Expertise

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  • Economic history
  • Migration and labor mobility
  • Social and economic mobility
  • Nineteenth-century British and U.S. labor markets

Current Research

Abstracts and Working Papers Available at My Personal Page >>

My research analyzes patterns of geographic and socioeconomic mobility in a historical context. My focus is on the British and U.S. labor markets from the mid nineteenth century through the mid twentieth century. I have made extensive use of data on individuals linked between various population censuses from 1850 to 1940. Specific issues include inter- and intragenerational social mobility, rural-urban and trans-Atlantic migration, the return to primary schooling, and comparative patterns of mobility between the British and U.S. labor markets from 1850 to the present.

Working Papers & Work in Progress:

"Refugees From Dust and Shrinking Land: Tracking the Dust Bowl Migrants," with Henry Siu

"Grandfathers Matter(ed): Occupational Mobility Across Three Generations in the U.S. and Britain, 1850-1910," with Joseph Ferrie

"British, American, and British-American Social Mobility: Intergenerational Occupational Change Among Migrants and Non-Migrants in the Late 19th Century," with Joseph Ferrie

"Geographic and Occupational Change during the Great Depression," with Henry Siu


"Intergenerational Occupational Mobility in Britain and the U.S. Since 1850," with Joseph Ferrie, American Economic Review, June 2013 (lead article)

"Intergenerational Occupational Mobility in Britain and the U.S. Since 1850: Reply," with Joseph Ferrie, American Economic Review, August 2013

"The Surprising Social Mobility of Victorian Britain" European Review of Economic History, February 2013 (editor's choice)

"The Path to Convergence: Intergenerational Occupational Mobility in Britain and the U.S. in Three Eras," with Joseph Ferrie, Economic Journal, March 2007

"The Socioeconomic Return to Primary Schooling in Victorian England," Journal of Economic History, December 2006

"Rural-Urban Migration and Socioeconomic Mobility in Victorian Britain," Journal of Economic History, March 2005 (lead article)

"Labour Mobility," with Joseph Ferrie, Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History, 2003

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