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Nathaniel Baum-Snow

Nathaniel Baum-Snow

Associate Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy


Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago (2005)




Nathaniel Baum-Snow is an Associate Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy. He has research interests in urban and real estate economics, labor economics and economic geography. His research includes investigations of reasons for changes in the spatial organization of economic activity in U.S. and Chinese cities, reasons for which workers earn more and have more dispersed wages in larger cities, and the consequences of transportation infrastructure investments on urban growth and welfare. He is a co-editor of the Journal of Urban Economics.


Academic Positions

  • 2016-

    Associate Professor of Business Economics, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

  • 2011-2015

    Associate Professor of Economics and Urban Studies, Brown University

  • 2005-2011

    Assistant Professor of Economics, Brown University

Selected Publications - Papers

  • Roads, Railroads and Decentralization of Chinese Cities

    Review of Economics and Statistics


  • Inequality and City Size

    with Ronni Pavan

    Review of Economics and Statistics


  • Understanding the City Size Wage Gap

    with Ronni Pavan

    Review of Economic Studies


  • School Desegregation, School Choice and Changes in Residential Location Patterns by Race

    with Byron Lutz

    American Economic Review


  • The Effects of Low Income Tax Credit Developments on Neighborhoods

    with Justin Marion

    Journal of Public Economics


  • Did Highways Cause Suburbanization?

    Quarterly Journal of Economics


Research and Teaching Interests

Urban Economics and Real Estate

Honors and Awards

  • 2007-2010

    Understanding the City Size Wage Gap, National Science Foundation

  • 2017-2022

    Quantifying Local Economic Spillovers Between Firms and Workers, Social Science and Humanities Research Council

Professional Affiliations/Memberships

  • American Economic Association

  • Urban Economics Association

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