Christopher R. Esposito

I am a Ph.D Candidate in UCLA’s Department of Geography.

In September 2021, I will start as a postdoctoral fellow at the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation with an appointment in the Knowledge Lab at the University of Chicago.

I research how technological knowledge evolves across space and time. My most recent research uses a novel patent dataset to study how new cities form as innovative hubs.

I am also involved in applied urban policy research. With Edward Leamer and Jerry Nickelsburg, I am studying Los Angeles’ minimum wage increase to learn if minimum wage laws are helpful in combating income inequality.

In tune with my interests in knowledge flows across space, with Dieter Kogler I organize the e-seminar series Seminars in Economic Geography.