Grad Students

Christopher Esposito



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The economies of cities are powered by the generation of new ideas and technologies. I use large datasets and computer simulation models to investigate how cities bring people together and enhance their ability to create new ideas, technologies, and knowledge.

Fields of Study

  • Economic Geography
  • Evolutionary Economics
  • Complexity Theory
  • Innovation
  • Housing and land rents

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

International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Summer Fellowship

Funded by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences

June 2018 - September 2018

 

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

May 2015 - 2020

UCLA Graduate Research Fellow

June 2015 - June 2016

Shannon McCune Award for Excellence in Geography

Colgate University, 2014

High Honors Economics, High Honors Geography

Colgate University, 2014

Research

The economies of cities are powered by the generation of new ideas and technologies. I use large datasets and computer simulation models to investigate how cities bring people together and enhance their ability to create new ideas, technologies, and knowledge.

Degrees

Master of Arts, Geography

UCLA, 2016

Thesis: An Evolutionary Theory of Regional Economic Growth and Change

Bachelor of Arts, Economics and Geography

Colgate University, 2014

magna cum laude

Thesis: The Role of Natural Amenities in Gentrification

Publications

Esposito, C., Rigby, D. 2018. Buzz and Pipelines: The Costs and Benefits of Local and Non-Local Interaction. Journal of Economic Geography. Advanced Access.  [PDF]   [Abstract]

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

Esposito, C. Preature Deagglomeration. Working paper.

Esposito, C., Price Pass-Through from Mininum Wage Changes: Evidence from Los Angeles. In Preparation. With Edward Leamer (UCLA Anderson), Jerry Nickelsburg (UCLA Anderson), Emeliano Huet-Vaughn (UCLA Economics).

Presentations

Project: Problems in Innovation and its Urbanization

  • "Creativity Constrained? The Diminishing Returns in Recombinationatory Invention".  Global Conference in Economic Geography. Cologne, Germany. July 25, 2018.

Project: Premature Deagglomeration

Project: When Buzz and Pipelines Fail

  • "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.