Grad Students

Christopher Esposito



Contact Information

Email    cresposito - a t - ucla - d o t - edu
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The economies of cities are built of ideas. I research how people in cities invent new ideas and explore their economic impact using big data and computer simulations.

My current project, called The Diversification Curve, explores how land and land shortages shape the process of innovation.

Fields of Study

  • Economic Geography
  • Regional Economic Growth
  • Evolutionary Economics
  • Complexity Theory
  • Innovation

Advisors

MA Committee

David L. Rigby, Professor of Geography and Stastics (Committee Chair)

Michael Storper, Professor of Urban Planning

Lynne Zucker, Professor of Sociology

Awards

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

May 2015 - 2020

UCLA Graduate Research Fellow

September 2015 - June 2016

UCLA Graduate Summer Research Fellow

June 2015 - September 2015

Shannon McCune Award for Excellence in Geography

Colgate University, 2014

High Honors: Economics

Colgate University, 2014

High Honors: Geography

Colgate University, 2014

Research

The economies of cities are built of ideas. I research how people in cities invent new ideas and explore their economic impact using big data and computer simulations.

My current project explores how land and land shortages shape the process of innovation.

Degrees

Master of Arts, Geography

UCLA, 2016

Thesis: An Evolutionary Theory of Regional Economic Growth and Change

Bachelor of Arts, Economics and Geography

Double Major

Colgate University, 2014

magna cum laude

Thesis: The Role of Natural Amenities in Gentrification

Publications

Esposito, C. The Diversification Curve. In preparation.

Esposito, C., Rigby, D. When Buzz and Pipelines Fail. Revise and Resubmit.

Meyer, W, Esposito, C. 2014. Residential Patterns in the Pre-Automobile American CityGeographical Review 104 (3).

Presentations

"Workshops of the Future". Colgate University. April 2, 2017.

"When Buzz and Pipelines Fail". Invited Speaker, Utrecht University Economic Geography Seminar (EconGeo), Utrecht, Netherlands. September 10, 2016.

"The Geographic Foundations of Innovation", Young Economic Geographers Network Workshop (YEGN), Bern, Switzerland. August 18, 2016.

"An Evolutionary Model of Regional Economic Growth and Change". First Annual Workshop in Regional Economic Development and Innovation (REDI), UCLA. May 26, 2016.

"Simulating the Creative Destruction of Regional Economies", Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), San Francisco. April 24th, 2016.

"The Profitability of Technologies: How Regions Respond to Scarce and Valuable Knowledge", 3rd Geography of Innovation Conference, Toulouse, France. January 29th, 2016.