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 researches the causes of regional economic development, in particular how regional development is shaped by technological change. His dissertation developed theory and data to study how technologies evolve over long time periods, investigated how new geographical centers for innovation emerge, and mapped out the geography of breakthrough innovation. In two related lines of research, Chris studied the impacts of Los Angeles’ minimum wage increase on the local economy, and the role of the increase in the turnover rate of knowledge in reorganizing the knowledge economy over the 20th century.