Christopher R. Esposito

Chris is a postdoctoral fellow at the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation and the Knowledge Lab at the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA in June 2021.

Chris’ dissertation, The Evolution of Technological Knowledge Across Space and Time, develops theory, data, and empirics to study the interface between innovation and its geography from a long-run perspective. The first article from his dissertation, The Emergence of Knowledge Production in New Places, describes a common process that most innovative cities pass through as they begin to become centers for innovation.

Chris is also involved in applied urban policy research. His working paper Who Paid Los Angeles’ Minimum Wage? A Side-by-Side Minimum Wage Experiment in Los Angeles County, co-authored with Edward Leamer and Jerry Nickelsburg, studies whether Los Angeles’ minimum wage increase succeeded in mitigating income inequality in the region.

In tune with his interests in knowledge flows across space, Chris co-organize the e-seminar series Seminars in Economic Geography.