Doussard, Marc, Shrock, Greg, and Lester, T. William (Forthcoming) “Did U.S. Regions with Manufacturing Design Generate More Production Jobs in the 2000s? New Evidence on Innovation and Regional Development." Urban Studies.
Dube, Arindrajit, Lester, T. William and Reich, Michael. 2016 “Minimum Wage Shocks, Employment Flows and Labor Market Frictions” Journal of Labor Economics. 34(3) 663-704. DOI: 10.1086/685449
Hartley, Daniel, Kaza, Nikhil, Lester, T. William. 2016. “Are America’s Inner Cities Competitive? Evidence from the 2000s.” Economic Development Quarterly, 30(2) 137-158. DOI: 10.1177/0891242416638932
Lester, T. William and Nguyen, Mai. 2016. “The Economic Integration of Immigrants and Regional Resilience” Journal of Urban Affairs. 38(1) 42-60. DOI: 10.1111/juaf.12205
BenDor, Todd and Lester, T. William. 2016 “Estimating the Size and Impact of the Ecosystem Restoration Economy” Public Library of Science (PLOS ONE), June 17, 2015 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0128339
Lester, T. William. 2013. “Dedicating New Real Estate Transfer Taxes for Energy Efficiency: A Revenue Option for Scaling up Green Retrofit Programs” Energy Policy. November 2013, 62(1): 809–820. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.07.050
Kaza, Nikhil, Lester, T. William and Rodriguez, Daniel. 2013. “The Green Building Contagion” Urban Studies. December 2013, 50(16): 3262-3282.DOI:10.1177/0042098013484540
Lester, T. William and Reckhow, Sarah. 2012. “Network Governance and Regional Equity: Shared Agendas or Problematic Partners?” Planning Theory. May 2013, 12(2). DOI: 10.1177/1473095212455189.
Lester, T. William. 2012. “Labor Standards and Local Economic Development—Do Living Wage Provisions Harm Economic Growth?” Journal of Planning Education and Research. Fall 32(3): 331-348. DOI: 10.1177/0739456X12451599 (selected for ACSP Chester Rapkin Best Paper Award)
Working Papers & Works in Progress
Lester, T. William and Kaza, Nikhil. “Splintered Metropolitan Opportunity? Re-Examining the Relationship between Suburban Employment Centers and Inner City Job Opportunity”
Lester, T. William “Replacing Truth with Social Hope and Progress with Re-description: Can the Pragmatist Philosophy of Richard Rorty Help Reinvigorate Planning?”
Lester, T. William “Restructuring Restaurant Work: The impact of labor standards on employment practices in the restaurant industry: learning from extreme case comparisons” Industrial Relations (submitted April 2016).
Lester, T. William. 2011 “The Impact of Living Wage Laws on Urban Economic Development Patterns and the Local Business Climate: Evidence from California Cities,” Economic Development Quarterly. August 25(7): 237-254. DOI: 0891242411409205.
Chapple, Karen, Kroll, Cynthia, Lester, T. William and Montero, Sergio. 2011. “Innovation in the Green Economy: An Extension of the Regional Innovation System Model,” Economic Development Quarterly. February 25(1): 5-25. DOI: 10.1177/0891242410386219.
Dube, Arindrajit, Lester, T. William and Reich, Michael. 2010. “Minimum Wage Effects Across State Borders: Evidence from Contiguous Counties” Review of Economics and Statistics, November 92(4): 945-64. DOI: 10.1162/REST_a_00039
McMillen, Daniel P. and Lester, T. William. 2003. “Evolving Subcenters: Employment and Population Density in Chicago, 1970-2020,” Journal of Housing Economics, 12(1): 60-81. DOI: 10.1016/S1051-1377(03)00005-6.
2010 & earlier
Lester, T. William. 2014. “The Role of History in Redistributional Policy Discourse: Evidence from Living Wage Campaigns in Chicago and San Francisco” Journal of Urban Affairs. DOI: 10.1111/juaf.12075
Lester, T. William, Kaza, Nikhil and Kirk, Sarah 2014. “Making Room for Manufacturing: Understanding Threats to Industrial Land Conversion in Cities” Journal of the American Planning Association. 79(4): 295-313. DOI 10.1080/01944363.2014.915369
Lester, T. William and Hartley, Daniel 2014. “The Long Term Employment Impacts of Gentrification in the 1990s” Regional Science and Urban Economics. 45(1): 80-89. DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2014.01.003
Lester, T. William. 2014. “Chicago’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Program: Does it pass the ‘But-For’ Test? Evidence Using Time Series Data” Urban Studies. 51(4): 655-674. DOI: 10.1177/0042098013492229.
Lester, T. William, Lowe, Nichola, and Freyer, Alan. 2014. “Mediating Incentive Use: A Time-Series Assessment of Economic Development Deals in North Carolina” Economic Development Quarterly. 28(2), pages. 132-146. DOI: 10.1177/0891242413514771
BenDor, Todd, Livengood, Avery, and Lester, T. William, Davis, Adam, Logan Yonavjak 2015. “Defining and Evaluating the Restoration Economy,” Restoration Ecology. 23(3) 209-219. DOI: 10.1111/rec.12206.
Lester, T. William, Little, Mark, Jolley, Jason. 2015. “Assessing the Economic Impact of Alternative Biomass Uses: Biofuels, Wood Pellets, and Energy Production” Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, 45(1): 36-46.