Grad Students

Christopher Esposito



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Email    cresposito - a t - ucla - d o t - edu
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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.

My current project, called Premature Deagglomeration, explores the consequences of expensive housing markets in cities like San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles for the rate of technological change and, by extension, economic growth.

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

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 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.

My current project, called Premature Deagglomeration, explores the consequences of expensive housing markets in cities like San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles for the rate of technological change and, by extension, economic growth.

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. 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), and Emeliano Huet-Vaughn (UCLA Economics).

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

Project: Premature Deagglomeration

  • "Housing and Innovation: Housing Supply Constraints and the Premature Deagglomeration of Patenting Activity". 4th Geography of Innovation Conference. Barcelona. Jan 31, 2018.
  • "Premature Deagglomeration". Center for International Development, Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Cambridge, MA. July 18, 2017.
  • "Congestion in the Knowledge Economy". 20th Annual Uddevalla Symposium: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Industrial Dynamics in Internationalized Regional Economies. Trollhattan, Sweden. June 17, 2017. 
  • "Congestion in the Knowledge Economy". Annual Meeting of the Regional Studies Association (RSA), Dublin, Ireland. June 6, 2017. 
  • "The Diversification Curve". Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Boston. April 4, 2017.
  • "Workshops of the Future". Colgate University. Hamilton, NY. April 2, 2017.

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.