New York City / Thursday Sep 12,2013
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Jonathan Dingel

Room 7-191
Kaufman Management Center
44 West 4th Street
New York, NY 10012

Thanks to Jonathan Dingel from Columbia University for leading this week’s brown bag discussion on the comparative advantage of cities.

Dingel’s research (with Donald Davis) examines the idea that more skilled individuals are willing to pay more to live near the amenities associated with big city life, and that, compared to smaller cities, bigger cities have larger numbers of high-skilled workers relative to lower-skilled workers. Dingel predicts that these two factors impact a city’s industrial composition and that a city’s comparative advantage is due jointly to individuals’ comparative advantage and locational choices.

Using data on skills, sectors, and cities, the model predicts that cities are neither completely specialized nor completely diversified. This model also allows for the extrapolation of a city’s industrial composition of a city based on its size.

You can find a copy of his presentation here and of the working paper here.

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Jonathan Dingel
Jonathan Dingel
Assistant Professor of Economics / The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Jonathan Dingel studies international economics and urban economics. His research interests include the geographic distributions of human capital, industries, and occupations. In recent research, he uses microdata from the US Census of Manufactures and Commodity Flow Survey to identify the determinants of quality specialization within US manufacturing.

At the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Dingel teaches Managing the Firm in the Global Economy. Previously, he taught international economics at the University of Oxford and was a teaching assistant for “Globalization, Markets, and the Changing Economic Landscape” at Columbia Business School.

Dingel earned his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University in 2014. He received an M.Phil. in economics with Distinction from the University of Oxford in 2008 and an Honors B.A. in economics and political science from Gonzaga University in 2006.