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Ellora Derenoncourt


  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars 2021-2023
  • Boundaries Membership & Belonging




Ellora Derenoncourt is a labour economist and economic historian whose work focuses on inequality. Her recent studies have examined northern backlash against the Great Migration and ensuing reductions in Black upward mobility and the role of federal minimum wage policy in closing the racial earnings gap in the Civil Rights Era. She has also written on wage determination in low-wage labor markets and the evolution of the racial wealth gap from pre-Emancipation to the present.


  • Allan Nevins Prize for the Best Dissertation in U.S. or Canadian Economic History, Economic History Association, 2019
  • Review of Economic Studies Tour, Review of Economic Studies, 2019
  • Roger L. Martin Cornerstone Graduate Student Fellowship, Harvard University, 2018
  • Harvard Kennedy School Inequality and Social Policy Fellowship, Harvard University, 2014-2017
  • Louis E. Kelso Fellow, Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, 2016

Relevant Publications

  • Derenoncourt, E., & Montialoux, C. (2021). Minimum wages and racial inequality. The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 136(1), 169-228.

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